Trauma to the delicate vestibular system may result in symptoms such as dizziness or vertigo, balance difficulties, unstable vision, fogginess, lightheadedness, and nausea. Rehabilitation seeks to remediate these symptoms in order to increase comfort and promote safe return to daily activities. Therapy may also focus on improving functions such as reaction time, eye-hand coordination, dual-task performance, and posture.
An oculomotor (eye movement) assessment is an important part of the examination at the Concussion Center of Massachusetts. Impaired eye movements have been identified as a common post-concussion problem and can lead to symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, and difficulty reading or using a computer. We use infrared goggle technology and video nystagmography (VNG) to get an objective measurement of oculomotor function.
Balance testing with Computerized Dynamic Posturography to provide a detailed assessment of a patient’s stability pre- or post-concussion.