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COMPUTERIZED DYNAMIC POSTUROGRAPHY

Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP)
Computerized Dynamic Platform Posturography (CDPP)

Overview

Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) is a unique assessment technique used to objectively quantify and differentiate among the wide variety of possible sensory, motor, and central adaptive impairments to balance control. As such, CDP is complementary to clinical tests designed to localize and categorize pathological mechanisms of balance disorders. CDP can identify and differentiate the functional impairments associated with the pathological processes. By itself, CDP cannot diagnose pathology or site-of-lesion.

Because of the complex interactions among sensory, motor, and central adapting processes, CDP requires separate protocols to adequately differentiate among impairments. To quantify the failure of adaptive mechanisms to select appropriate sensory inputs and movement response patterns, CDP exposes the patient to a variety of controlled visual and support surface conditions.

The benefits of Computerized Dynamic Posturography are well documented in the clinical literature. The contribution of CDP information to positive treatment outcomes has been demonstrated in numerous controlled studies . A thorough overview of CDP methodology and clinical applications can be found in "Practical Management of the Dizzy Patient," edited by Joel A. Goebel (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers 2000).