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Vestibular Rehabilitation: Case Studies, Rehabilitative Treatment Design and Advanced Concepts

presented by Jeff Walter

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This evidence-based course will utilize a case study format. Cases will encompass peripheral vestibular loss, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and central vestibular dysfunction. The course will include instruction in relevant anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, examination techniques/interpretation, differential diagnosis, and canalith repositioning maneuvers. Segments of this course will include expanded instruction regarding treatment design for vestibular loss and special considerations and “red flags”. The material will be presented in a lecture/lab format with video case studies.

Meet Your Instructor

Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS

Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS, is the Director of the Otolaryngology Vestibular and Balance Center, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. His clinical practice focused on vestibular diagnostic testing and vestibular rehabilitation. He is an adjunct faculty member at Misericordia University, Department of Physical Therapy and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, with…

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1. Case Study 1

Identify differentiating features regarding patient history. Recognize common abnormal examination findings. Identify management options based on patient history and examination findings.

2. Treatment Considerations

Design appropriate treatment exercises to promote compensation for lost vestibular function, including oscillopsia and imbalance.

3. Case Study 2

Identify differentiating features regarding patient history. Perform and interpret testing maneuvers appropriately. Identify patterns of nystagmus commonly related to BPPV. Instruct individuals in self-treatment maneuvers.

4. Case Study 3

Recognize abnormal examination findings. Discuss management options based on patient history and examination findings.

5. BPPV Cases

Recognize examination findings that may mimic BPPV. Identify examination features of horizontal canal and cupulolithiasis type. Administer appropriate treatment maneuvers for horizontal canal BPPV and cupulolithiasis type.

6. Special Considerations & Red Flags

Recognize abnormal examination findings, which may indicate abnormal central vestibular function or limit investigation of the peripheral vestibular system.

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