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Migraines & Vestibular Testing

 

Migraine is a common neurological condition that encompasses far more than painful headaches, nausea and sensitivity to light and noise. An estimated 40% of migraine sufferers also experience vestibular symptoms such as vertigo, faintness and sensitivity to motion.

Vestibular migraine is a bit different. Patients suffering from vestibular migraine may experience the trademark headache pain, but they are also likely to experience dizziness on its own. This can lead to confusion when searching for a diagnosis and treatment options for a patient with a loss of balance. Without the tell-tale headache, vestibular migraine may be overlooked and under-diagnosed.

 

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Neurology and the Dizzy Patient

 
 
 

Dizziness is a serious health risk for many people, especially as they age. Whether it’s caused by poor balance, previous injury, muscle weakness, vertigo or other neurological disorders, the result of dizziness is often the same — a painful and dangerous fall.

To help prevent falls, neurologists must first uncover the root cause of the patient’s instability. Today, it is estimated that 90% of patients with dizziness can be diagnosed with a specific cause and, therefor, be provided with proper treatment. But first, proper diagnosis must be achieved with proper neurology equipment.

 

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ENG vs. VNG Technology

 

Discover how infrared video offers increased sensitivity over the use of traditional electrodes.

By testing eye movements using electronystagmography (ENG) and videonystymography (VNG) simultaneously, trained vestibular technicians were able to reach several conclusions about the benefits of VNG technology versus traditional ENG.

First, nystagmus was recorded more often by the infrared video technology of VNG compared to monitoring with electrodes. Additionally, nystagmus slow phase velocity was higher using infrared video nystagmography. These benefits of an improved, more sensitive test for dizziness and vertigo prove that VNG technology is more accurate and reliable than ENG technology in spontaneous, positional and positioning tests.

 

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Balance Testing in a Pain Management Practice

 

When a patient’s chronic pain is the result of a fall, medical professionals can do more than treat the pain and discomfort — they can identify the cause of imbalance and help prevent future falls. Today, specialized balance tests performed with videonystymography, or VNG equipment, are helping pain management practices provide patients with this full spectrum of treatment and prevention.

Simple to use and comfortable for patients, MedTrak’s Complete VNG Testing System provides accurate diagnoses for imbalance issues. Identifying the core concern — whether it’s vertigo, dizziness or imbalance — helps pain management specialists provide patients with customized care. And that makes balance testing an essential part of pain management.

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The ABCs of VNG Testing

More physicians are turning to VNG equipment to diagnose patients with dizziness and balance issues. Unlike ENG tests, VNG technology directly measures the movements of the eyes through infrared cameras. MedTrak’s Complete VNG Testing System provides doctors with the benefit of ABC — accuracy, bilateral results and comfort.

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ElderCare B2B Trade Show & Conference

The ElderCare B2B Expo is the premier regional trade show for suppliers and users of products, equipment and supplies used in eldercare settings like Nursing Homes, LTC & Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Day Care, Hospices and Retirement Communities, etc. Exhibitors meet new contacts in the eldercare industry. Attendees see and learn about new products and services, consult with industry experts and network with their peers.

The Dizzy Patient: Evaluation and Management

This workshop is designed for physicians and technicians that have the need to evaluate and treat patients who suffer from Dizziness, Vertigo, Unsteadiness and Propensity to Fall. Physicians today are seeing more and more of these patients as the population of elderly is growing daily. Medicare is estimating the total cost to treat these patients who suffer injuries related to falls will reach 20 billion dollars by 2020.

Video ENG, Vestibular Training and Fall Reduction Workshop in Orlando

Overview: To have the novice technologist and physician learn about the clinical problems of dizziness, vestibular dysfunction and brain disorders culminating in falls. The underlying anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology will be stressed. Dynamic and static testing of the vestibular systems and the central nervous systems will also be covered. Small group discussions will be held with hands-on training with the equipment.

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JCAHO National Patient Safety Goals for 2004 and 2005

The Joint Commission's Board of Commissioners approved the 2005 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) at its July meeting. The Joint Commission developed program-specific goals for all accreditation programs beginning in 2005. Click here to view more

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