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Vestibular Rehabilitation


Laurie Swan, PT, PhD, DPT

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Laurie Swan, PT, PhD, DPT
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Course Description

Registration ButtonThis class focuses on providing an excellent framework for the clinician to effectively treat vestibular disorders. Like all of our courses, this vestibular physical therapy continuing education course focuses on teaching clinicians to actually treat disorders in this rapidly expanding area. One of the strengths of this course is that it applies to clinicians without any vestibular experience, providing ample tools to treat vestibular disorders, while still maintaining the interest and expanding the capabilities of clinicians more experienced in the field of Vestibular Rehabilitation. BPPV is covered at great length in this course.

Course Schedule

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2015/2016 SCHEDULE


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Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe six key components of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system.
  • Discriminate between ten common pathophysiologic conditions of the vestibular system.
  • Complete a thorough interview of a patient and hypothesize three potential diagnoses using five key questions outlined in the manual.
  • Hypothesize the differential diagnosis of a mock patient who presents with vertigo versus dizziness.
  • Complete a thorough examination of a patient, and compare three subjective complaints to the objective findings.
  • Identify eight standardized assessment tools for use with patients with a vestibular disorder.
  • Perform three specific tests of vestibular function (VNG, Rotary Chair, and Sensory Organization Testing).
  • Correctly demonstrate the bedside oculomotor exam and interpret the results.
  • Distinguish between canalithiasis and cupulolithiasis and accurately locate the involved canal.
  • Justify the use of a specific treatment theory (habituation, adaptation, and/or substitution), and design a treatment plan specific to that patient, given a patient's diagnosis and findings through an objective exam.
  • Describe two potential psychological manifestations that may occur with prolonged episodes of dizziness.

Course Outline

7:30am Continental Breakfast, Pre-Test

Lecture: Anatomy and Physiology of the Vestibular System

9:30am Break
9:45am Lecture: Diagnosis of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
11:30am Lunch (on your own)
12:30pm Lab: Treatment of BPPV
2:30pm Break
2:45pm Lecture: Pathophysiology of Common Vestibular Disorders
3:15pm Lecture: Taking a History
3:45pm Lab: Oculomotor Exam
4:45pm Questions and Review
5:00pm Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics
5:30pm Adjourn
7:30am Continental Breakfast

Review of Day One

8:15am Lecture: Quantified Tests of Vestibular Function
9:15am Lab: Standardized Assessment Tools
10:15am Lecture: Psychological Manifestations of Dizziness
10:45am Lecture: Treatment Theory
11:15am Lab: Speed Drills: Oculomotor Exam and BPPV
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm Lecture: Treatment Intervention
2:30pm Break
2:45pm Lab: Case Preparation and Presentations
4:00pm Questions and Review
4:30pm Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics
5:00pm Adjourn

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