Balance and Dizziness

Overview

The Dizziness and Balance Disorders Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., works to measure, monitor and assess the vestibular and balance systems in humans, with the goal of helping those with balance problems prevent falls and injuries and have a higher quality of life. This is clinically important because 1 out of 3 adults age 65 or older falls each year, and 2.2 million nonfatal fall injuries were treated in emergency departments in 2009.1

The program has developed collaborative research efforts with Neurology, and Psychiatry and Psychology, and also conducts its own research projects within its vestibular/balance laboratory.

Research within the laboratory focuses on assessing the performance of a variety of diagnostic tests, development of new diagnostic studies, and the performance and effectiveness of vestibular and balance rehabilitation therapy programs. In addition to work on verifying a new syndrome with Neurology and Psychiatry, recent work has been on a new test involved in the diagnosis of Meniere's syndrome, and development of tests for the prediction of fall risk.

References

  1. Falls among older adults: An overview. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed March 17, 2011.