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Losing your Balance - Physical Therapy

It’s the only one of its kind in Lee County and its right here at Lee Health. When patients step inside the new Bertec Computerized Dynamic Posturography, they may feel like they’re stepping into a giant video game. But the only way to win this game is to maintain your balance.Sharon Brookins, a physical therapist with Lee Health, says the rounded screen tests for the three systems that contribute to balance. “It really takes our balance program and our vestibular program to another level to be able to offer this type of testing. It has a series of six different tests that checks the vestibular, the visual and the somatosensory. From those six tests it kind of gives us an idea of what systems are working better than others.”Patients who have balance problems caused by things like vertigo, a stroke or Parkinson’s disease can also use this machine to treat their balance issues. “We can identify what is the problem or what problems there are because there could be multiple and then we can do training exercises on the machine,” said Brookins.Patients are supported in a safety harness as the moving screen and platform takes them through different scenarios that may cause balance problems. “Walking in grocery store isles is very stimulating and a lot of times it’s a problem that patients complain of,” said Brookins.Identifying the problem helps physical therapists find the right treatments to help patients control their balance. “We’re really excited to have it as part of our clinic,” said Brookins.View More Health Matters video segments at Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care.Visit