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Balance Disorders Program


The Balance Disorders Program within the Department of Neurology focuses on treatment of disorders of the cerebellum, Parkinson's disease, and related disorders (e.g., multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy), peripheral and central vestibular system disorders, and many other causes of imbalance or dizziness.

Vision:

To be the premiere group of clinicians, educators, and researchers who focus on balance disorders (such as Parkinson's Disease, dizziness and ataxia).

Mission:

1).   To provide patients with comprehensive clinical assessment of the cause of their symptoms and to recommend and initiate treatment plans.

2).   To advance medical knowledge of disorders characterized by imbalance and incoordination through basic, translational and clinical research.

3).   To educate patients, families and physicians on the causes and treatment of balance disorders.

Clinic Goal:

The primary goal of the clinics associated with this program is providing a comprehensive evaluation for patients with imbalance, incoordination, or dizziness of any type. The physicians are neurology specialists who collectively possess wide ranging expertise including specific training and clinical care expertise in acute and degenerative disorders of the cerebellum, Parkinson's disease, and related disorders (e.g., multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy), peripheral and central vestibular system disorders, and many other causes of imbalance or dizziness. Balance Disorders Clinical & Research Program (BDCRP) physicians and staff work closely together to achieve optimal care for patients.

Three core clinics that comprise the Balance Disorders Clinics:

Balance Disorders (Ataxia) Clinic
The Balance Disorders (Ataxia) Clinic emphasizes disorders that involve the cerebellum and other areas of the nervous system that can cause problems with walking and coordination. Common disorders in these categories include: Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA), Friedreich's ataxia and other recessive ataxias, episodic ataxias, multiple system atrophy, Parkinson's disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, and corticobasal degeneration.

To learn more or to make an appointment, go to the Ataxia webpage on UofMHealth.org.

Dizziness Clinic
The Dizziness Clinic (Kevin Kerber, MD, Director) evaluates patients with complaints of any type of dizziness. Dizziness generally refers to a feeling of spatial disorientation. Common types of dizziness include vertigo, lightheadedness, and imbalance. Disorders of the nervous system, including the vestibular system, are emphasized in this clinic. Common conditions diagnosed in this clinic include: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular neuritis (i.e., labyrinthitis), Meniere's disease, cerebellar ataxia syndromes, cerebrovascular disorders, chronic dizziness, and migraine-associated dizziness.

To learn more of make an appointment, go to the Dizziness webpage on UofMHealth.org.

Movement Disorders Clinic
The Movement Disorders Clinic provides care for patients with Parkinson's disease, Parkinsonism, Huntington disease, and many other disorders of movement. The Movement Disorders Clinic provides consultation and second opinions for initial diagnosis and management. We also provide continuing care for all movement disorders depending on the needs of the patient and referring physicians.

For more information, please visit the Parkinson's Disease, Dystonia, Tremor and other Movement Disorders webpage on UofMHealth.org.

 

Research

Read more about this aspect of the program on our Balance Disorders Clinical and Research Program webpage.

Training

Read more about this aspect of the program on our Movement Disorders Fellowship in Neurology webpage.

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