The Center for Balance and Dizziness
Cincinnati’s Preferred Treatment Center for Dizziness, Vertigo and Imbalance since 2003
The first, and still the only practice in Cincinnati that exclusively treats individuals suffering from dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance, no matter the cause. The Center for Balance and Dizziness has been relieving our patient’s dizziness/vertigo and making them balanced members of society since 2003.
The Center for Balance is the only practice in the Cincinnati area that exclusively treats individuals suffering from dizziness, vertigo, and balance problems. Dr. Patrick Shumrick BS, MHS, DPT, owner, recognized the need and has been treating people suffering from dizziness, vertigo, and balance deficits since 1995, opening The Center for Balance in 2003. Our proven assessment and treatment techniques are unique only to The Center for Balance.
Many of our patients come to The Center for Balance after going to a general or orthopedic physical therapy practice that did not have the time or expertise to address their specific neurological needs. Unfortunately, after time and money was spent, these patients felt no relief of their symptoms and realized they were not in the right place to address them
We’re ready to help you get back to normal life.
Relays information about body position to the brain. Special receptors in our skin, muscles, tendons and joints of our hips, knees, ankles, and spine detect position and movement of body parts. Input from your muscles, joints, and skin provide a physical sense of your surroundings, mostly through your feet, legs, being in contact with the ground, helping your brain “feel” where your body is in space. The somatosensory system works in tandem with motor responses and reflexes. For instance, when you step on an unstable surface, sensors in your feet immediately detect the change and send signals to adjust muscle activity, posture, and weight distribution to maintain balance.
The visual system orients a person to an object. Input from visual system helps your brain perceive your surroundings and predict how you will need to move around in your environment. These visual cues help orient the body and provide a frame of reference for balance. For instance, when you’re standing upright, the brain uses visual input to assess your position relative to objects in the environment.
The vestibular system ( your inner ear) detects linear movements movements of your head through space and sends this information to your brain. Our brain uses this information to make postural adjustments, make you step, and even throw your arms out in front of you if you are falling. Another major role of the vestibular system involves controlling head movement with head motions.
We evaluate how these three systems are working independently and together
In other words, if one or two of these systems are being challenged, there are one or two remailing. Of these systems being challenged, the remaining one or two take over to maintain your balance. Through our three customized balance tests we can determine where in the systems patients have deficits and correct them.
Dizziness and Balance Problems
You are not alone. Dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance are some of the most common complaints that seniors share with their doctor. Human balance involves coordinated input from the vestibular system (inner ear/vestibular), visual system, and the somatosensory system (joint sense/touch).
Unfortunately, dizziness and balance disorders lead to:
- Falls/Decreased independence
- Lack of stability/imbalance
- Fear of falling
- Increased risk of falling in and out of the home
- Fatigue/decreased endurance
- Decreased quality of life
Dizziness and/or imbalance are rarely caused by a single issue; many times, it is a combination of things. Frequently there is not a definitive cause of these symptoms, so they often go untreated. Our evaluation techniques identify problems in your three balance systems making treatment successful.
The Center for Balance and Dizziness Treats the Following Conditions for Dizziness and Imbalance
Dizziness and balance symptoms often are a result of a virus or infection that inflames the inner ear or the vestibular (balance) nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain.
Has anyone ever mentioned to you that you might have your ear rocks out? BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo, which is a false sensation of spinning (ie. room spinning).
The Center for Balance and Dizziness offers specialized treatment for balance problems and dizziness associated with “Pump Head” / Post Perfusion Syndrome, conditions often experienced by patients following cardiac surgery.
Let's Get Started
Great! You have taken your first step in relieving your symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, and balance problems. Welcome!
The Center for Balance is the first (2003) and remains the only physical therapy practice in Cincinnati that evaluates and treats individuals suffering from dizziness, vertigo, and balance problems, no matter the cause. We focus on relieving your symptoms and get you back to the activities you love.
Dizziness, vertigo, and balance problems are not a normal part of aging!
As one of our patients put it, “You guys are a hidden jewel; I didn’t even know there was any type of treatment for my dizziness and balance issues.”
How do I Make an ApPt?
Scheduling is easy — we’ll take care of everything!
3 ways to schedule an appointment:
Call– Call the location you wish to go to (Anderson 513-231-2700 Blue Ash 513-891-0934), and we take care of the rest. We verify all insurance coverage, number of visits allowed, co-pays, co-insurances, and any other related issues. In other words, there will be no surprises.
Website – Complete our online visit request and we will call you to schedule your first visit, click the contact us tab.
Fax – Your physician’s office can fax over orders with your contact information, and we will contact you directly to schedule your appointment.
What Happens First Visit?
Your first visit will take approximately 60 minutes. We will discuss your history and perform physical testing to get to the bottom of your symptoms. Then we will create a plan of care to meet your individual needs.
First, we will ask you to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete some necessary paperwork. Arriving early to complete the forms allows us more time to evaluate you individually. For your convenience, you also may download the paperwork here on our website under the Patient forms Tab, complete them at home and bring them with you.
Please bring these items with you:
- A copy of your insurance card(s)
- A list of medications
- Your driver’s license
- A copy of any test results that have been performed for you.
- You may also bring a copy of your doctors’ referral if you have one; Although, in the state of Ohio, you do not need a doctor referral for us to treat you.
On your first visit, a licensed physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation (we leave no stone un-turned), to identify your symptoms including dizziness, vertigo, balance problems, and if you are at a risk of falling.
Your physical therapist will explain the findings of their assessment, so you understand why you are having symptoms and how best to treat them.
Our evaluation and treatment programs were developed by Dr. Shumrick and our staff, and continually updated and are improved each year to ensure the best quality of care available for you.
Why Choose Us?
We get this question a lot.
The answer is simple: We are specialists trained in treating individuals suffering from dizziness, vertigo, and balance deficits. Our sole practice concentration is in this area, and we have developed specialized evaluation and treatment techniques to get you better quicker that are unique to our clinics.
Our clinics are designed in a comfortable atmosphere, not a gym-like setting typical in traditional clinics. Another big benefit is that our patients are surrounded by patients with similar symptoms.
Our treatment session(s) are one-on-one clinician to patient, and last approximately 60 minutes. We will give you our undivided attention. We won’t put you in a corner to perform an exercise while we move to another patient like many traditional clinics do.
What About Insurance?
Insurance coverage is certainly confusing, but do not worry! We take the hassles out of it for you.
- We check all insurance coverage benefits for you.
- We will not surprise you with unwanted charges or hidden fees.
- Once you come for your first visit, you will know exactly how much, if any, co-pays you may be responsible for.
- We also track your allotted number of visits or monetary caps, so you do not go over.
- Insurances not listed may be accepted and we will check for you.
Below is the list of insurances we currently accept.
*If your insurance is not listed, many carriers will still pay for our services because we are a specialty clinic in the Cincinnati area that exclusively treats people suffering from dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. Just call us and we will verify and track how many visits you have.
- AARP Medicare
- Medical Mutual of Ohio
- United Health Care
Do I need a Referral
No. You may make an appointment without a referral from a doctor in the state of Ohio. Medicare allows an initial visit, but does require a doctor signature on our plan of care. After the initial visit we send a plan of care to your doctor for review and signature if applicable.
The Center for Balance and Dizziness Can Help! Contact Us today.
“I am so happy I came to The Center for Balance, I no longer have vertigo rolling in bed and my balance is back to normal.”
Regain Your balance and confidence
Good balance is crucial for physical and mental well-being. It’s essential for mobility, allowing efficient movement and reducing injury risks, especially in older adults. A well-balanced body ensures better posture, muscle coordination, and core strength, preventing chronic issues like back pain. Balance training improves cognitive function and neuroplasticity, crucial for brain health. Overall, maintaining good balance is key to an independent, active lifestyle, making it a vital component of your daily activities.
If you're experiencing balance or dizziness issues, contacting The Center for Balance and Dizziness in Cincinnati, OH, can be a crucial step towards improving your health. This specialized center offers expert diagnosis and treatment for balance-related disorders. To get in touch, you can visit their website for detailed information or call their office directly for an appointment. Their experienced team of healthcare professionals provides personalized care, using advanced diagnostic tools and therapy techniques. The center also offers educational resources to help you understand your condition better. Reaching out to them can lead to effective management of your symptoms and a significant improvement in your quality of life.
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