Balance and Vestibular Testing
Balance and vestibular tests are used to detect a variety of symptoms relating to the integration of balance, vision, and proprioception.
Balance and vestibular testing is used by clinicians to determine the source of specific symptoms following a concussion. These tests are performed by clinical specialists and include a variety of tests used to elicit symptoms relating to the integration of balance, vision, and proprioception, also known as the vestibular system.
Examples of balance and vestibular testing include:
Balance Error Scoring System (BESS)
Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) / Functional Gait Assessment (FGA)
Modified Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction in Balance (mCTSIB)
Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex (VOR)
Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex Cancellation (VOR-C)
Visual Screening (Pursuits, Saccades, and Vergences)
MVPT- Motor-Free Perception Test
The BESS test is used to assess static balance in athletic or active populations.
The test can be completed in less than 10 minutes and is a part of a more comprehensive examination performed by the occupational or physical therapist.
The Vestibular/Ocular-Motor Screening (VOMS) is an evaluation performed to check the vestibular ocular system.
This test generally takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. This screening is included in a comprehensive concussion exam.