Accession Number:

ADA557843

Title:

Vestibular Balance Deficits Following Head Injury: Recommendations Concerning Evaluation and Rehabilitation in the Military Setting

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL

Report Date:

2012-02-27

Pagination or Media Count:

113.0

Abstract:

Vestibular pathology has been documented following barotrauma andor head acceleration associated with exposure to explosions. The usual symptoms include dizziness and headache, with dizziness and associated imbalance contributing disproportionately to disability. Several agencies have noted the need for better vestibular evaluation and rehabilitation following exposure to improvised explosive devices IEDs. The authors asked subject matter experts to assist in formulating recommendations for initial assessment and rehabilitation of balance problems following IED exposure, focusing on strategies that are either available or in development. This report summarizes feedback obtained from approximately 50 vestibular researchers, scientific advisors, clinicians, and biomedical engineers working for government agencies, universities, clinicshospitals, and businesses. Tests appropriate for early post-injury functional assessment in the military setting are considered, along with the optimal application of novel tactile balance feedback technologies being developed to augment vestibular rehabilitation.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Weapons Effects (Biological)
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE