This introductory level course is designed to provide the participant with a thorough evidence based understanding of the anatomy & physiology of the vestibular system, key points of a proper vestibular examination, and the interpretation of the findings for vestibular dysfunction. Included will be evidence based treatment strategies related to the major types of vestibular dysfunction.
Level of Instruction: Introductory
- Identify to key structures related of the vestibular system.
- Identify three common types of dysfunction related to the vestibular system.
- Identify tests and measures to help rule in/ rule out the common types of dysfunction.
- Identify treatment strategies to manage the common types of vestibular dysfunction.
- 8:00 PM – This course provides an introduction to the novice therapist evaluating a patient with complaints of dizziness.
- It helps to provide a basic understanding of the vestibular system and how it relates to orientation to the world.
- It also provides an understanding of the types of dysfunction that can occur in the vestibular system.
- This course discusses the key “bedside” tests and measures to help differentiate between the different types of dysfunction.
- Finally, this course provides treatment strategies to manage/ improve the patient’s deficits related to vestibular dysfunction.
- 9:30 PM – Q/A and Adjourn
- TRAVIS EDWARDS, PT, MPT, Cert VT
TRAVIS EDWARDS, PT, MPT, Cert Vest Rehab is a clinician, author and educator who currently serves as a clinic manager for CarePartners Health Services with teaching responsibilities in vestibular rehabilitation and neurodevelopmental treatment in the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at Western Carolina University. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Western North Carolina Falls Coalition, which is dedicated to reducing the risk of falls in older adults. Travis has completed the rigorous Competency Certification Program in Vestibular Rehabilitation at Emory University Medical Center and is the lead therapists at CarePartners Balance and Vestibular Center. His clinical practice focuses on vestibular rehabilitation, dizziness and balance and falls prevention. He most recently co-developed a balance and falls-risk screening program that encompasses multiple service lines including inpatient, home health and outpatient programs. He combines an eclectic clinical approach with academic experience in applying evidence based principles to the examination and management of vestibular dysfunction. He continues to write and teach in the areas of vestibular rehab, dizziness, and balance and falls related issues while remaining an invaluable resource to his community and the state of North Carolina.
Contact Hours: 1.5