KINETISENSE 3D BALANCE
Kinetisense 3D Balance Assessment is an objective balance tool for concussion management and Geriatric Risk of Fall Assessment protocols. The system allows users to quantify the biomechanics of balance, before and after a suspected concussion or mTBI (traumatic brain injury) occurs. It can also be used in the Geriatric population to measure balance and how it relates to medication, weakened joints, muscles, etc. The baseline screen is a modified version of the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) test, a postural stability protocol commonly used for concussion monitoring. Kinetisense objectifies the BESS scoring system by applying 3D motion capture and computer learning to produce a balance score.
WHY USE 3D BALANCE?
The Kinetisense Balance Assessment can ideally be used to find a patient’s “normal” balance baseline for comparison to post injury status. It can also be used throughout a rehabilitation protocol to objectively track progress or regression.
Generally, when someone suffers a concussion, dizziness, headaches, sensitivity to light and fatigue are the most prevalent set of symptoms. The Kinetisense Balance Assessment for concussion management requires the patients to complete the balance protocol with their eyes closed which takes away their perception of where they are in space, off putting balance. When those concussion symptoms are present, the lack of a visual field will generally increase their overall sway which can be objectively analyzed with the Kinetisense system.
These symptoms can be monitored by the administering clinician and tracked over a period of time with the reproducible Kinetisense balance assessment.
GERIATRIC RISK OF FALL ASSESSMENT
Kinetisense is partnered with Buurtzorg, the world-leader in geriatric care to develop the first 3D motion analysis tool for the analysis of geriatric balance and the subsequent risk of fall.
Research has shown that the risk of falling dramatically increases with age and factors such as poly pharm (multiple medication use) has been shown to be a predictor of falls. The effects of a fall in the elderly can have severe consequences and can even lead to death. Until now practitioners have struggled with the subjectivity of “eyeballing” the balance of their patients. The balance information provided by the Kinetisense system gives insight into the proper medication prescription and schedule. Objective balance assessment of the elderly will not only reduce the risk of falls, it will also aid in the assurance of a healthy and vital lifestyle in our aging population.
The Kinetisense Balance Assessment can ideally be used to find a patient’s “normal”. With this information, a clinician can decide if interventions are necessary if a high fall risk is present. However, if a patient has fallen already, the Kinetisense Balance Assessment can be used to find the patient’s current post injury status that can be used as a comparison measure throughout a rehabilitation protocol to objectively track progress or regression. Re-assess and compare as often as needed in order to track balance progression.