Balance Center

Comprehensive treatment for balance issues

The Balance Center at Stamford Health is a center that provides resources for full assessment, testing and treatment of balance disorders. We can help diagnose the reasons for dizziness and/or falls. Dizziness can be a result of multiple causes or factors. The word "dizziness" can describe vertigo, a sense that the room or one's head is spinning; dysequilibrium, a sense of imbalance, drunkedness or lack of footing; or lightheadedness, a feeling that one is about to pass out or feeling faint.

Feeling off Balance?

Reach our specialists at 203.276.5520.

With your doctor's referral, we can work with you to decrease your symptoms and increase your quality of life. Get started by bringing the following forms to your doctor:

Referral Form

*E-mail is encouraged. Please send completed form to balancecenter@stamhealth.org

Balance Center

What is Balance?

Balance is more than just being “steady” and being “upright”. Small organs within the inner ear, also known as the vestibular system, help our brain keep the body stable and in equilibrium. When this becomes disrupted, disorders of the vestibular system can cause one to experience dizziness or vertigo, and to suddenly become "out of balance." Balance problems can alter your everyday life in a number of ways—they may increase your risk of falling, cause you difficulty walking, or disrupt your sleep. Dizziness currently affects 40 percent of all adults over age 40.

Our Team Approach

Our award-winning, multidisciplinary team is recognized by Castle Connolly and among the "Best Doctors in Connecticut." Our staff is comprised of ENTs, neurologists, physiatrists, cardiologists, audiologists, integrative medicine and physical and occupational therapists. We work together, with an integrated approach, to identify the cause of any balance issue and provide comprehensive evaluations and individualized treatment plans.

Common Symptoms and Diseases

  • Acoustic neuroma (benign tumor on the vestibular nerve)
  • Bilateral vestibular loss from ototoxic medications that can damage the vestibular system
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) – When the natural crystals in one's inner ear become displaced, causing vertigo
  • Dysequilibrium – Unsteadiness, imbalance or loss of equilibrium.
  • Labyrinthitis – An inflammation of the inner ear often caused by a virus which results in vertigo
  • Lightheadedness – An unpleasant sensation of dizziness or as though one may faint
  • Meniere’s Disease – A build up of fluid in the inner ear causes episodes of vertigo often associated with hearing loss and tinnitus or noise in the ear
  • Migraine-related dizziness
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Unilateral vestibular hypo-function
  • Vertigo – Episodes of dizziness and a sensation of head spinning

Where appropriate, we work closely with neurology, cardiac, and physical therapy teams to properly treat your symptoms.

Treatment and Diagnostic Services

  • Initial assessment – provided by a physician (ENT, Neurology or Cardiology)
  • Videonystagmography and auditory brainstem response tests – Exams used to determine the source of vertigo and other balance problems
  • Canalith Repositioning: Non-invasive treatment that involves a series of head movements to transfer inner ear particles to a location where they will no longer cause problems
  • Computerized Posturography – Computerized evaluation and training tool that provides biofeedback to help improve movement strategies
  • Tilt Table Testing - Helps find the cause of fainting spells. Blood pressure and heart rate are measured in the process
  • Vestibular Rehab Therapy – Improves strength, range of motion, flexibility and mobility while decreasing dizziness symptoms

We look forward to treating you and meeting your individual needs.

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