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What Is a Balance Test?

Are you or a loved one dizzy, unsteady, or afraid of falling? There are many reasons why someone may feel this way but frequently it is a problem within the inner ear. Because the inner ear is complex, before treatment can be performed testing needs to be done to identify the exact cause of the dizziness. We now have a nationally recognized 45 minute non invasive test, called a VNG, paid for by insurance, that will identify if dizziness is caused by inner ear problems.

NPM performs VNG testing. We are one of only two locations in the state of Maine that perform this well tolerated test. VNG is a complete diagnostic system for recording, analyzing and reporting involuntary eye movements associated with inner ear problems. A camera is used to record these eye movements while the patient is sitting looking at a video screen and while comfortably lying down with head positioned to one side or the other.

At NPM we want you to enjoy life! If dizziness, decreased balance and/or a risk of falls is getting in the way of this, then this test might be the first step in your recovery.

Please contact our office for an appointment today!

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Dr. Zolper Featured in Two Stories in The Morning Sentinel

Balloon kyphoplasty providing support for fractured vertebra

Balloon kyphoplasty can be done in about an hour, under local or general anesthesia, according to Dr. Ben Zolper, of Northeast Pain Management in Bangor, who pioneered the use of the procedure in the state.

In balloon kyphoplasty, a small incision is made on either side of the spine, and tubes are inserted into the spongy material inside the fractured vertebra.

“It leaves two small nicks in the back that are covered by a Band Aid,” said Zolper.

Read full story | Morning Sentinel

St. Albans woman, 78, overcomes a broken back

When Marjorie Weeman’s husband died 25 years ago, amid the grieving, she found an unexpected silver lining.

“The funny part of it is, when he was alive, I never had a chance to enjoy the outside,” Weeman, now 78, said last week, watching through a large window as a strong, wet wind shook a tree in her front yard.

Weeman, one of millions of women who suffer from osteoporosis, underwent an innovative spinal surgery in an effort to correct a painful back injury she suffered earlier this year.

Read full story | Morning Sentinel

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Relieve Pain With PRP Therapy, Ultrasound, and More

For many years, there were four vital signs: temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration. But about 10 years ago, many in the medical profession began using a fifth vital sign: pain. While pain levels are subjective, patients in pain are now asked to rate their pain from zero to 10, with 10 being the worst.

Identifying patients’ pain levels is good, but this may have contributed to an increase in prescribed pain medications, rather than working to cure the pain’s underlying cause.

“We prefer to find a method that controls or eliminates somebody’s pain without the use of those medications on a long-term basis,” said Dr. Ben Zolper of Northeast Pain Management.

NPM’s mission is “to provide the highest quality of interventional pain and minimally invasive spine surgery services,” according to its Web site. “We provide care at all times and a cure where possible.”

NPM does many on-the-spot X-ray-guided procedures to relieve spinal pain, disc-related pain, joint pain, and arthritis, with a focus on identifying the sources of pain. X-rays work fine for many spine and joint injections, but when it comes to soft tissue, ultrasound is an important diagnostic advance.

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