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Free Advanced Balance Testing to Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation awarded the SMU Department of Physical Therapy $20,000 to provide specialized balance testing to persons with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the Greater East Bay. Dr. Sharon Gorman, Ms. Cindy Gibson-Horn, Dr. Rolando Lazaro, and Dr. Gail Widener are the coordinators of this grant.  Using the EquiTest® , participants will get a full computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) suite of tests used to objectively quantify and differentiate among the wide variety of possible sensory, motor, and central adaptive impairments to balance control. CDP can identify and differentiate the functional impairments associated with MS. 

To help provide other healthcare providers such as physicians and physical therapists with specialized balance assessment results and recommendations, CDP will be offered to persons with MS. Testing is free, and results and recommendations will be shared with clients and their healthcare providers. We are focusing this free testing to persons with MS who have had a new diagnosis of MS, a change in their MS medication, recent fall or falls, and/or recent exacerbation of their MS.

EquiTest balance testing

If you or someone you know meets these qualifications, please contact the Department of Physical Therapy to get a free specialized balance test using CDP and recommendations for follow up. Testing takes approximately one hour, and persons must be able to stand independently with their feet apart for about 10 seconds to qualify for testing. 

If you or someone you know is interested in this FREE balance testing service, please call our Research Lab at (510) 869-6511 extension 4411 to schedule an appointment.  We are available for testing Tuesday afternoons and all day on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

This service is supported through a generous grant from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. More information about MS can be obtained at their website www.msfocus.org.