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New Equipment Assesses Balance

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hospital news

Val Verde Regional Medical Center Provides Latest Technology for

Balance Assessment

Val Verde Regional Medical Center (VVRMC) in conjunction with Dr. Ira Floyd and the Institute of Therapeutic Medicine has recently acquired Bertec Balance Assessment equipment. This system which tests individuals for limits of stability (balance) provides physical therapists, occupational therapists and your doctor with concise information. The information is then analyzed by professionals so a program can be developed which will specifically target the deficient areas.

“We can track each individual’s progress,” said Adrian Vargas, Physical Therapy Assistant at VVRMC’s Institute of Therapeutic Medicine, “You can see the exact percentage of progression over time as they participate in physical therapy.” VVRMC is the only facility in the area to have this equipment.

The process for gaining access to this assessment equipment is simple: see your doctor and let them know you have balance issues, are dizzy, have vertigo or are falling frequently. They can determine your need for Physical Therapy and refer you. The Physical Therapy professionals will develop a treatment plan based on the results of the Bertec Balance Assessment equipment. You will be re-assessed based on data collected by the equipment as you progress through physical therapy.

“In the past,” said Physical Therapist Catelyn Bartell, “We have conducted the assessments. Because we are human, the assessments were subjective. We could note leaning, instability and other issues but there was no precise data assigned. Now we can conduct a completely objective assessment and track progress with hard data.”

Insurance companies find the assessments useful in justifying expenditures for physical therapy. There is numerical data proving the therapy is of benefit and should be provided. Test results can be emailed to healthcare providers and/or insurance companies.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this service to the community,” said Vargas, “It is just one more way VVRMC is providing the very best equipment to our patients.”