Course Content Coordinator: Janet Callahan PT, MS, NCS; Jennifer Nash, PT, DPT, NCS
Course Developers: Susan L Whitney, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS, FAPTA, Elizabeth Grace Georgelos, PT, MS, NCS ; Brady Whetten, PT, DPT, GCS ; Carrie Hoppes, PT , DPT, OCS; Connie Weglarz, PT, DPT, NCS; Eric Anson, PT, MPT; Janet Callahan PT, MS, NCS; Jennifer Nash, PT, DPT, NCS; Kristin DeMars, PT, DPT, NCS; Lisa Brown, PT, DPT, NCS; Melissa Bloom, PT, DPT, NCS; Paula Goga Eppenstein, PT, MS; Rebecca English, PT, MSR, DPT; Sara Oxborough, MPT; Tara Denham, PT, MS
Course Description: Vestibular Rehabilitation has become an integral part of physical therapy practice across the continuum of care. However, many physical therapists have not had the opportunity to engage in this area of specialty practice. This course is a comprehensive offering designed to meet the needs of individuals wishing to enhance their understanding of vestibular rehabilitation in order to effectively manage a range of patients with vestibular disorders and to identify individuals requiring referral for specialty support. The course will include an in-depth review of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular and oculomotor systems with application to the differential diagnosis of disorders of the vestibular system including BPPV, unilateral and bilateral vestibular disorders, central vestibular disorders and dizziness of a non-vestibular origin. Additionally, the evaluation and management of postural control deficits associated with vestibular dysfunction will be addressed. Laboratory sessions will be utilized to enhance the development of psychomotor skills in evaluation and management techniques associated with vestibular rehabilitation.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will:
- Apply knowledge of vestibular/oculomotor anatomy and physiology to the differential diagnosis of vestibular disorders.
- Utilize information obtained from a patient history to develop one or more working hypotheses for vestibular dysfunction.
- Identify/Perform tests and measures used in the examination of a patient with vestibular pathology including examination of the vestibular and oculomotor systems and positional provocation tests.
- Establish an appropriate plan of care and prognosticate outcomes for individuals with vestibular dysfunction.
- Interpret examination findings associated with patient cases.
- Recognize examination findings that are not consistent with disorders of the vestibular system and warrant physician/specialist/medical referral.
Who Can Take This Course: Licensed Physical and Occupational Therapists
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