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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)

  • Exertion Testing

  • 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

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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.

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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.

Balance & Vestibular Assessment Team

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Devon Saltzer, MS, OTR/L, CKTP

Outpatient Therapy Clinical Supervisor

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