The Balance Center

For more information, please call 304-526-2413

The Balance Center Team

The Balance Center Team

The Balance Center is a unique facility offering specialized treatment that helps patients with balance problems as well as patients undergoing rehabilitation for stroke, joint replacement, foot and ankle pain, sports injuries and other health issues that affect mobility and functioning.

Balance & Dizziness

Balance is needed to conduct most of our daily activities, but it is often taken for granted. Contrary to common belief, loss of balance and mobility are not inevitable as we grow older. Dizziness and balance disorders are common and can affect people of any age, gender, race or socioeconomic group. In most cases, balance can be improved.

Symptoms may include whirling dizziness with or without nausea, lightheadedness, unsteadiness or imbalance when walking. Symptoms may range from brief and mild to severe, resulting in total disability. When patients complain of dizziness or imbalance, their symptoms are sometimes ignored or attributed to an existing health issue or simply to aging. At the Balance Center, we recognize that balance difficulties are serious. They can cause significant problems in conducting daily activities and leading a normal life. Any fall must be avoided because it may result in a fracture, a major loss of independence, the need for rehabilitation or assisted living, a serious injury or even death.

Evaluation & Treatment

Patients treated at the Balance Center are typically experiencing:

  • Dizziness, motion sickness or vertigo sensation
  • A history of falling or near falling episodes
  • Feeling of imbalance or unsteadiness

An evaluation by the specially trained staff of the Balance Center may help identify of the cause of your symptoms. The staff may be able to help you improve balance, manage the effects of dizziness, increase your functional independence and prevent further falls or injuries.

Once you become a patient, an individualized therapy program will be created for you, based on the results of an initial evaluation, a review of your medical history and previous test results, and the results of any additional testing that may be needed. The Balance Center uses a multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosing and treating dizziness and balance disorders, in which specialists from otolaryngology (ENT), audiology and physical therapy/occupational therapy collaborate to develop the best treatment plan for each patient. The goal is to offer you a cost-effective diagnosis and treatment plan and maximize your functioning, allowing you to lead a more normal life and decreasing tyour risk of falling and injuring yourself. Patients often benefit from vestibular rehabilitation, which is a proven, exercise-based treatment designed to improve function of the systems that are critical to proper balance.

About the Balance Center

The Balance Center is unique to West Virginia because it offers the services of a neurotologist, an audiologist and physical and occupational therapists all under one roof. The 4,000 square-foot facility was established in 2003 by the father and son team of Dr. Joseph B. Touma and Dr. B. Joseph Touma, who joined forces with Cabell Huntington Hospital to create a new center designed to help children and adults with disorders that affect their balance. In addition to the vestibular evaluation system. the center is also equipped with cardiovascular exercise equipment, treadmills, stationary bicycles, weight machines, free weights and other rehabilitation equipment.

Becoming a Patient

Patients must be referred to the Balance Center by a physician. To make an appointment at the Cabell Huntington Hospital Balance Center, please call 304-526-2413 and be certain to have your physician fax a written prescription for balance therapy to the Balance Center at 304-526-2412.

  • Last updated: 07/05/2013

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Technology

The Balance Center offers sophisticated technology for testing and treatment, including the NeuroCom assessment system, which has its roots in research performed by NASA related to balance in space. The system offers up to 18 different tests to evaluate how each patient functions on a day-to-day basis. The Center also uses "Real Eyes" infrared goggles, which assist in accurate diagnosis and treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.