This hands-on course is designed to bridge the gap between evaluation and treatment of adult patients with balance disorders associated with vestibular dysfunction. A structured method of examination involving the components of movement and mobility will be presented in conjunction with treatment paradigms specific to the diagnosis and impairments. Functional testing procedures and evidenced-based treatment techniques will be demonstrated and reinforced with hands on practice time to allow for integration of the material. All course materials have been carefully designed to serve as a life long resource in the clinic.

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    Educational Credit

    A certificate of attendance for 15 Contact Hourswill be awarded to each participant. All Therapy Network Seminars are pre‐approved for CEUs in the state where the course is conducted when required for PT, OT, ATC & Assistants.
    BOC Board of Certification, Inc. Approved Provider # P‐2563
    AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 3073
    The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

    Audience

    This course is intended for PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and ATs

    Objectives

    • Identify anatomy and pathophysiology as it relates to balance control
    • Describe the factors that make the older adult more prone to falls
    • Differentiate the patient report of dizziness into one of three possible etiologies: vestibular dysfunction, disequilibrium, or non-vestibular dysfunction
    • Identify non-vestibular causes for dizziness and possible treatment options
    • Demonstrate skill in the use of the (1) special vestibular tests, (2) motion sensitivity tests and (3) standardized balance and mobility tests presented in this seminar
    • Perform a detailed subjective/objective evaluation of the patient who presents with balance dysfunction or dizziness

    Participants Comments

    • “Has helped me immensely in connecting the dots in my 13 year VRT career.”
    • “One of the best courses I have been to - very informative, applicable, -great presentation, sense of humor”
    • “Both the humor and knowledge made a confusing topic more easily understood.”
    • “One of the better vestibular courses I have attended”

    Schedule

    • Day 1

      8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast
      8:30 Orientation and Balance Systems
      Dizziness Defined
      Need to Know Anatomy & Physiology
      - Oculomotor
      - Proprioceptive
      - Auditory
      - Cognitive
      - Peripheral and Central Vestibular
      10:00 BREAK
      10:15 Oculomotor Assessment, Gaze Stabilization & Nystagmus (Lab & Case Scenarios)
      12:00 LUNCH - ON YOUR OWN
      1:00 Vestibular and Neurological Dysfunction
      Peripheral & Vestibular System
      Non-Vestibular Sources of Imbalance & Dizziness
      2:30 EVALUATION - Medical
      3:00 BREAK
      3:15 EVALUATION Cont.
      - Therapy (Instruction & Lab)
      - Cervical Spine Assessment and Pre-screening
      - Positional Testing (for Particulate Matter)
      - Sensation Testing
      - Posture and Balance Assessment
      - Non-particulate Vestibular Tests
      - Standardized Balance and Vestibular Screens & Tests
      5:30 Q/A , Adjourn
    • Day 2

      8:00 Peripheral Vestibular System Anatomy & Pathophysiology
      - Diagnostic Algorithm & Case Scenarios
      9:30 TREATMENT - Medical and Surgical
      10:00 BREAK
      10:15 TREATMENT (Lecture and Lab)
      - Vestibular and Neurological Rehabilitation
      - Canalith Repositioning Techniques
      12:00 LUNCH - ON YOUR OWN
      1:00 TREATMENT (Lecture and Lab
      - Vestibular and Neurological Rehabilitation
      - Adaptation - Substitution - Habituation
      2:30 BREAK
      3:00 TREATMEMT (Lecture and Lab)
      - Special Cases
      - Concussion Related Dizziness & Disequilibrium
      - Cervicogenic Dizziness
      4:00 Treatment Algorithm and Case Studies
      4:45 Suggested Tools to Have in the Clinic
      5:00 Q/A, Adjourn

    Cancellation Policy

    Registration fee less a $75 administrative charge is refundable if cancellation received 14 days prior to program date. No refunds will be given after that time. Therapy Network, Inc. reserves the right to cancel a seminar and will refund in full the registration fee only. TNI is NOT responsible for registrants nonrefundable airfare, accommodations or fees.