Ocean Medical Center to Offer Free Balance Screenings August 6

Contact:Donna Sellmann, Public Relations Manager
Phone:(732) 840-3279
Email:dsellmann@meridianhealth.com

Ocean Medical Center to Offer Free Balance Screenings August 6

Problems with balance can disrupt quality of life, may cause difficulty walking or standing, can create periods of lightheadedness, and may even result in potentially dangerous falls.

Individuals who suffer from balance problems are encouraged to attend a free balance screening at Ocean Medical Center. The event will be held August 6 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the rehabilitation department on the first floor.

Forty percent of people over age 40 experience dizziness or a balance problem at some point in their life. Some of the common symptoms with balance or vestibular dysfunctions include:

. Spinning or dizziness (vertigo)
. Poor balance; difficulty in sitting, standing, bending, and walking
. Falls
. Periods of lightheadedness
. Feelings of faintness (syncope)
. Problems with eye-head coordination

A thorough evaluation can determine the cause of the symptoms, and a custom treatment plan then developed to meet a person's specific needs. Individuals often experience the following results:
. Improved balance
. Minimized fall risk
. Decreased sensations of dizziness
. Improved stability when walking
. Improvement of neuromuscular coordination
. Decreased anxiety

To register for the free balance screening at Ocean Medical Center on August 6, please call 1-800-DOCTORS or visit www.meridianhealth.com.

About Ocean Medical Center
Standing out as a premier medical center along the Jersey Shore, Ocean Medical Center is home to exceptional talent, state-of-the-art technologies, and a growing medical campus, all surrounded by a community that offers quality of life for individuals and families of all ages. Ocean is a 315-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick, New Jersey that provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines. Some key services include designation as a Primary Stroke Center; brain lab and neurological surgery; DaT Scan and advanced imaging technology; DaVinci robotic surgery; general, thoracic, and vascular surgery; comprehensive cancer care and radiation therapy technologies; a Joint Commission accredited orthopedic program; one of the nation's most advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services; maternity, Acute Care of the Elderly, and critical care services. The Medical Center recently completed a four-level expansion that has transformed the campus through an $82 million project that sets a foundation for future decades of growth. The main component of the project is a new 44,300 sq. ft. Emergency Department. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses who work in collaboration with the medical staff, and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. The Medical Center has grown tremendously since opening in 1984 and is well positioned to evolve and respond to the changing community and health care landscape.