According to the CDC, each year more than 3 million ER visits are related to falls. Over $50 billion is spent annually on falls, and roughly 75% of that expense is paid by Medicare and Medicaid.
Recently, Bertec equipment was featured on the national television program PBS NewsHour. The segment was focused on how sensors and rewiring nerves could help prosthetics feel and function like real limbs. For this story, the PBS NewsHour team spent time at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and observed how their talented team is working with veteran amputees to help them feel sensation in their prosthetic limbs.
Bertec COBALT is the ideal balance test for athletes. It is best used as part of a concussion screening and management program. This is because it provides an objective measure of balance control when relying on visual, somatosensory, and vestibular demands. The COBALT protocol includes a unique set of testing conditions that put high demands on the visual and vestibular systems. A traditional static balance test cannot provide this.
On Wednesday February 24, 2021 at 3pm EST, Bertec will host a webinar focused on its revolutionary Bertec Vision Trainer (BVT). Titled Shift Happens, this free educational event will walk you through a case study of a patient with hemianopia from a stroke and discuss how BVT is used for visually induced motion sensitivity.
Bertec continues to innovate in the field of sensory training technology with its revolutionary Bertec Vision Trainer (BVT). Made for testing and training visual-motor coordination and balance skills, the system leverages an impact-resistant touchscreen to offer game-like training that helps improve performance and sensory function. Additionally, balance can be trained and enhanced alongside traditional visual-motor training with Bertec’s medical grade force plate.
When testing or treating a patient for BPPV, there are multiple positional maneuvers that need to be performed on the patient to ensure the best outcomes. Some of these maneuvers are only used for testing, while others are performed solely in treatment of vestibular dysfunction. We aim to look into each of these maneuvers, what they’re purposes are, and how to perform them. If you have any comments or if we missed anything, please let us know in the comments!
Videonystamography (VNG) is a test that measures a type of involuntary eye movement called nystagmus. Depending on whether these eye movements are fast, steady, or erratic, a practitioner can gain a better understanding on whether the patient has a disorder of the vestibular system. VNG testing can be very instrumental in uncovering what could be causing a patient’s dizziness and vertigo.
Portable consumer health technologies have completely changed the way people monitor health. Nowadays, consumers can easily and affordably measure their heart rate, take their blood pressure, and even record an electrocardiogram at any time. Best of all, much of this can be done from a watch or another portable device that’s easy to travel with.
Force plate technology is used to measure balance, gait, and other parameters of biomechanics, most commonly for medical and athletic performance purposes. In their simplest form, force plates are designed with a single pedestal. More advanced designs feature a pair of rectangular or triangular plates with load cells or triaxial force transducers between them at the corners.
Computerized dynamic posturagraphy (CDP) is one of many technologies used to diagnose balance disorders. As opposed to other balance assessment tests that focus on isolated anatomical components, CDP analyzes multiple. It does this by leveraging the following protocols: