Experiencing dizziness is common among Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries, and one important cause is an abnormal balance system. There are many treatments which may improve the problem with balance, but it has been a challenge for clinicians to accurately determine the actual cause of the ailment. Like any abnormality, being able to provide the best treatment rests on being able to obtain a clear diagnosis and new technology allows for faster and more accurate diagnosis.
A team of specialists at the Richmond VAMC is focusing on this rapidly-growing issue and has developed a protocol which appears to enable them to better diagnose the root cause, which in turn provides the Veteran with the most appropriate treatment.
According to Dr. Ajit Pai, Richmond VAMC, Medical Director, Polytrauma unit, the new balance master incorporates state-of-the-art equipment to help clinicians determine which of the senses is responsible for the dizziness.