Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

Living Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_63-4



This is the clinical testing available to quantify postural control in the upright stance in the presence or absence of perturbations of conditions. Computerized dynamic posturography is a noninvasive assessment tool to quantify somatosensory, visual, and vestibular contributions to maintenance of posture and balance.

Current Knowledge

During computerized posturography, balance is challenged with visual and support surface stimuli. The response to these challenges can assist in identifying the pathway that is dysfunctional. During static posturography, the subject stands in the upright posture on a force plate. Sensors on the plate and subject record small changes in position which are then downloaded to a computer. During the dynamic portion of evaluation, the computer causes the force plate to make horizontal and rotational perturbations and also provides visual simulation of movement. The addition of foam pads, both on and off force plates, allows a clinician to provide perturbations without movement of the force plate. Posturography is unique in that it measures balance directly, rather than just the somatosensory or visual components of postural responses.

Further Readings

  1. Blaszczyk, J. W. (2016). The use of force-plate posturography in the assessment of postural instability. Gait & Posture, 44, 1–6.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Buster, T. W., Chernyavskiy, P., Harms, N. R., Kaste, E. G., & Burnfield, J. M. (2016). Computerized dynamic posturography detects balance deficits in individuals with a history of chronic severe traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 1–7.Google Scholar
  3. Cheng, Y., Chen, P., Hsieh, W., Cheen, J., & Kao, C. (2012). Correlation of the composite equilibrium score of computerized dynamic posturography and clinical balance tests. Journal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics, 3, 77–81.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Kaufman, K. R., Brey, R. H., Chou, L. S., Rabatin, A., Brown, A. W., & Basford, J. R. (2006). Comparison of subjective and objective measurements of balance disorders following traumatic brain injury. Medical Engineering & Physics, 28, 234–239.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Barrow Neurological InstitutePhoenixUSA