Treatment of mTBI Balance Dysfuntion via Multimodal Biofeedback.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-10-C-0184
Agency Tracking Number: O093-H22-3156
Amount: $99,609.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-H22
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
312 Acadia Lane, Celebration, FL, 34747
DUNS: 961679979
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Karen Atkins
 Physical Therapist
 (407) 625-9680
Business Contact
 Karen Atkins
Title: CEO
Phone: (407) 625-9680
Research Institution
Rehabilitation intervention by the proposal PI successfully used a vibrotactile/visual force platform device to improve balance test scores, facilitate sit-to-stand, and reduce falls. The study found beneficial effects from dual modal testing and training in her physical therapy practice. The aim of this proposal is to refine the existing device, and to determine the feasibility of multi modal force platform device including vibrotactile, visual, and auditory biofeedback in a mTBI population, and other populations with sensory/neural deficits who complain of dizziness and imbalance. Device design and clinical application will be pursued concurrently. This proposal outlines device development and clinical trial study design. Team members have extensive knowledge of postural control, previous research and rehabilitation solutions for dysequilibrium, and successful to market records. The physical therapist and physician has access to potential study candidates: an active IRB is in place. The desire of this team is to bring to fruition a clinical and a smaller, home multi modal biofeedback device containing quantifiable objective testing and best practice protocols for the rehabilitation of patients with complaints of dizziness and imbalance.

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