PERTH AMBOY — More than 90 million Americans suffer from dizziness, a symptom that can point to a vestibular or balance disorder and may result in a life-threatening fall or permanent disability.
At the new Center for Balance at Raritan Bay Medical Center, an experienced team of multidisciplinary professionals diagnose and provide treatment for a full range of balance disorders, including; dizziness, vertigo and difficulty judging distance. The center integrates state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, clinical expertise from specialized physicians and individualized treatment plans that help patients improve function, avoid falls, and enhance quality of life.
“We’re pleased to offer patients this new opportunity for diagnosing and treating balance disorders,” says Michael Ciencewicki, MD, Raritan Bay Medical Center’s senior vice president of medical affairs. “Our three-day turnaround time for results and comprehensive treatment plans can help patients get back on their feet and return to their fullest functional activities.”
The Center for Balance’s diagnostic capabilities include a number of sophisticated, painless tests that involve assessing all aspects of a patient’s vestibular system. Complete testing takes about one hour to complete at Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Perth Amboy campus.
The center’s board-certified co-medical directors, neurologist Farooq Rehman, MD, and otolaryngologist Vicente Zapanta, MD, interpret all results and determine treatment recommendations. Treatment options may include medical treatment and/or vestibular rehabilitation therapy at one of the center’s four convenient outpatient physical therapy locations: at Raritan Bay Medical Center’s campuses in Perth Amboy and Old Bridge, Victoria House in Matawan, and the Medical Pavilion at Woodbridge.
The Center for Balance’s patient coordinator Rebecca Fisher navigates patients through each step of their testing and treatment, including educating them about their balance disorder, explaining treatment options, scheduling appointments and streamlining follow-up care.
Anyone experiencing one or more of the following symptoms of a balance disorder may benefit from the Center for Balance’s comprehensive services:
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- difficulty getting up from a chair or out of bed
- numbness or loss of sensation in the legs
- loss of balance when standing still, walking, or both
- needing to lean on something when walking
- feeling unsteady
Balance testing and treatment are covered by most insurance plans. To make an appointment or receive a Center for Balance brochure, call 1-732-324-5030.
The Center for Balance operates within the auspices of Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department and its Human Motion Institute, providing patients with a full range of orthopedic and rehabilitation services. For more information, visit www.rbmc.org.
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