The clinic was formed to help improve the health and wellness of individuals at risk for falls. One out of every three people age 65 and older fall each year. Research has identified multiple risk factors that contribute to falling, many of which can be modified or improved with treatment. Our goal is to address these factors to help prevent falls and optimize health. The clinic also serves as an advanced education and training facility for health care students and practitioners.
The Balance and Fall Prevention Clinic at Western Carolina University provides inter-professional team-based evaluation, treatment, and consultation services for individuals who have fallen or are at risk for falling. Our team, consisting of a physical therapist, an audiologist, and a nurse practitioner, provides integrated care at one location to help identify risk factors and other contributing factors associated with balance disorders.
Services include evaluating and treating vestibular dysfunctions utilizing specialized diagnostic equipment including computerized dynamic posturography for balance assessment and videonystagmography (VNG) for individuals with dizziness or vertigo. Consultations from additional team members are also provided as needed, including registered dieticians, social workers, and other health professionals.
Contact us directly or have your physician contact us at:
Phone: (828) 227-7251
Fax: (828) 227-7456
Our team will assess numerous factors involved with your balance during your visit. A complete evaluation generally takes about 1.5-2 hours and may include:
Our clinic is located on the 1st level of the Health and Human Sciences Building at Western Carolina University. Parking spots designated for the clinic are located in the second row of the lower level parking lot.
Our address is:
WCU Balance and Fall Prevention Clinic
4121 Little Savannah Rd., Room 132
Cullowhee, NC 28723