For more information please call (570) 826-3900 (Wilkes-Barre) or (570) 348-1360 (Scranton).
The Balance Program at Allied Services treats patients with diagnoses that are related to vestibular and neurological disorders. Your eyes, nervous system and inner ears all contribute to your sense of balance. However, if any one of these complex systems isn’t sending the proper signals to your brain, or your brain sending the right signals back, you may experience dizziness or become unstable. The good news is that many balance deficits can be improved with balance rehabilitation.
At Allied Rehab and Heinz Rehab’s Balance Programs, specially trained therapists help patients improve balance, decrease dizziness, minimize falls and reduce their need for medication and improve activity levels. Using the latest advancements in technology coupled with knowledge and help from experts trained in vestibular rehabilitation, our team will develop a program specifically tailored to your needs.
Patients in the balance program receive physical or occupational therapy in one hour sessions, usually one to four times per week for several weeks, depending upon the severity of their condition.
Traumatic brain injury
Inner ear dysfunctions such as:
Benign positional vertigo (BPV)
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy
An exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits and concussion, vestibular rehab can help with a variety of vestibular problems, including Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) and the unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypofunction (reduced inner ear function on one or both sides) associated with Meniere’s disease, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, dizziness and balance loss. Even individuals with long-term unresolved inner ear disorders who have undergone a period of medical management with little or no success may benefit. VRT can also help people with an acute or abrupt loss of vestibular function following surgery for vestibular problems.
The Neurocom Equitest
The Neurocom EquiTest at Allied Rehab and Heinz Rehab Hospitals is considered the “gold standard” system for the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders. The results are used to identify the most effective treatments to restore balance and stability, not just for patients with chronic or age-related balance problems, but also for those who are recovering from stroke or brain injury, or managing MS or Parkinson’s symptoms.
The Balance Master
A computerized evaluation and treatment tool used to treat balance dysfunction. It provides an objective assessment enabling the therapist to guide the patient in balance training, adaptation/habituation exercises to relieve dizziness, visual motor control exercises to stabilize one’s gaze, and or gait training.
Allied therapists help patients prevent falls with therapies designed to improve strength, flexibility and balance, as well as necessary education and assistive devices. Patients leave Allied with individualized exercise regimens designed to improve balance and with renewed self-reliance and a feeling of independence.
Patient and family education
Allied’s therapists consider family involvement to be a key component of our program. We educate both the patient and his or her family or caregiver on any potential safety concerns. We also provide training and support to ensure that the patient’s treatment is able to continue at home and in other settings.
Continuum of Care
To provide the best care possible for patients recovering from a debilitating condition or injury, Allied Services provides a comprehensive, seamless continuum of rehabilitative care. Our outpatient programs are primarily for people living safely at home who have completed or did not require a post-acute inpatient stay, but require additional rehabilitative therapy to alleviate physical limitation or pain.
If a patient suffering from a debilitating condition or injury requires intensive, around-the-clock nursing and/or therapy services, but cannot tolerate or does not require the intensity of therapy delivered during an inpatient rehab hospital stay, or their insurance does not cover inpatient rehabilitation, they would be an appropriate candidate for a transitional or long-term stay at our skilled nursing facility. Conversely, if the patient requires 24-hour care and can tolerate the intensity of a stay at one of our rehabilitation hospitals, they would be best suited for a stay at one of our inpatient facilities.
At Allied Services, patient outcome metrics such as average number of visits, pain reduction, reduced function limitation, and likelyhood of recommending Allied Services to others, are among the best in the United States:
98% of our outpatient population reported that their overall rating of care received was either good or very good.
99% of our outpatient population reported that they would recommend out services to others.
98% of our outpatient population reported that they either had no pain or a decrease in their pain during their treatment.
Our outpatient rehabilitation facilities regularly outperform other outpatient rehabilitation providers nationwide. According to statistics compiled by the Press Ganey, Allied Services’ overall patient satisfaction score ranks in the top 10% of participating outpatient rehabilitation centers in the United States.
Referrals & Insurance
Patients need a prescription from their doctor in order to enroll in the balance program at Allied Rehab and Heinz Rehab. Insurance coverage for this program is provided by most health insurance policies. For specific questions on how to obtain a referral or health insurance coverage, please call (570) 826-3900 (Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding areas) or (570) 348-1360 (Scranton and the surrounding areas).
Start the referral process by contacting our admissions office. Referrals can be made ONLINE, PHONE, FAX, or EMAIL. Our admissions team can begin the admission process within 24 hours of receiving a referral. We offer this service free of charge and often serve as the referring facility’s primary educator and resource for family services.