Balance and Fall Prevention Center

balance_01At the Balance and Fall Prevention Center at Ohio Valley Hospital (OVH), we understand the frustration of balance problems. Our medical professionals are specifically trained in the treatment and evaluation of balance disorders and can implement effective treatment plans to help you get your life back.

Patients with dizziness or balance complaints receive a comprehensive evaluation, including computerized clinical systems originally developed with NASA support. We use the same system to develop a personalized program of therapy to improve patient’s balance performance.

The program is headed by Medical Director Dr. Stephen Froman. Treatment is provided by physical therapist Virginia Renegar, PT, MS.

We accept most major forms of insurance.

Our Program

We routinely help patients who suffer from a variety of balance-related issues, including those who may be recovering from a sports injury or concussion. We do this by using the following methods:

  • Strengthening key muscle groups
  • Improving balance reactions
  • Vestibular (inner ear) function
  • Vision
  • Sensation

We can also help you deal with balance challenges in various environments, such as areas with curbs, uneven surfaces, and changes in directions.

For more information on Fall Prevention – a nationwide concern – click here. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer many helpful materials through their Steadi Program, which includes a section for older adults.

Location and Contact Us

We are located on the 2nd floor of the Main Hospital. You may access the Balance and Fall Prevention Center by using any of the elevators located on either end of the 1st floor.

For more information about our program, or to schedule an appointment, please email balancectr@ohiovalleyhospital.org.

You may also call 412-777-6140.

Meet our Staff

Stephen M. Froman
M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O.A

Dr. Stephen M. Froman earned his medical degree from the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Philadelphia. He went on to complete his residency in general surgery at Hahnemann and his otolaryngology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Froman is a member of multiple professional organizations and was recognized as one of the 2012’s Best Doctors in Pittsburgh Magazine.

Virginia (Ginny) Renegar
PT, MS Physical Therapist
Virginia Renegar earned her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her competency in vestibular rehabilitation from Emory University. Virginia has attendee continuing education at the University of Pittsburgh for advanced courses in vestibular rehabilitation. Her special interests areas are osteoporosis, postural issues, and vestibular rehabilitation. Ginny is also certified by Stott Pilates to teach Pilates for rehabilitation.