Title

Changes in Vestibular/Ocular-Motor Screen Scores in Adolescents Treated With Vestibular Therapy After Concussion

DOI

10.1097/PEP.0000000000000729

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

10-1-2020

Publication Title

Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association

Volume

32

Issue

4

First Page

331

Last Page

337

Abstract

PURPOSE: To examine interrelationships among Vestibular/Ocular-Motor Screen (VOMS) items and to characterize the recovery of VOMS performance in a sample of adolescents treated with vestibular physical therapy (VPT) after concussion. METHODS: Seventy-seven patients with concussion and 77 participants without concussion completed the study. Adolescents with concussion received an individualized VPT intervention consisting of targeted exercises for gaze stability, postural stability, ocular-motor control, habituation, and aerobic activities. The exercises were performed during a weekly clinic visit and via a home exercise program. RESULTS: Except for near-point convergence distance, all VOMS items were significantly interrelated. Over the course of VPT, significant improvements in VOMS performance were observed, and discharge scores were similar to scores observed in adolescents without concussion. CONCLUSIONS: The VOMS measured moderately related functions and captured changes over the course of VPT. Clinicians should consider the contextual risk of "false positive" in their interpretation of VOMS.

Open Access

Green Accepted

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