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BPPV and Vestibular Advances in Concussion

presented by Susan Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

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Financial: Susan Whitney receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. Susan Whitney is a consultant for two Department of Defense grants related to concussion with IAI, Inc. She also teaches a continuing education course with Michael Schubert, PT, PhD.

Non-Financial: Susan Whitney is vice president of the International Neurological Physiotherapy Group of WCPT.

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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Video Runtime: 65 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 27 Minutes

Persons post concussion or mild head trauma can experience benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). It is not clear how frequently BPPV occurs after concussion, yet when BPPV does happen, it can almost always be managed. BPPV after head trauma is more likely to be bilateral. This course will provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to recognize what BPPV is and what it is not. Specific information about when to refer to other health providers is included so that the learner can recognize the difference between BPPV and other, more serious medical conditions. Clinical pearls are provided to enhance the care of the persons that clinicians see with BPPV post concussion or mild head injury. The Li maneuver is introduced for managing posterior canal BPPV, especially for persons with neck or back pain, to augment practice skills. An explanation of when vestibular testing is needed and what is included in a full battery of vestibular lab tests is provided to enhance learners' understanding of what happens to patients who are referred to specialists in vestibular disorders. This course is ideal for physical and occupational therapists in any setting where persons with head trauma are seen.

Meet Your Instructor

Susan Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

Susan L. Whitney received her PhD in motor development/motor learning from the University of Pittsburgh, her professional physical therapy education from Temple University in Philadelphia, and her DPT from MGH Institute of the Health Professions. Currently, she is a professor in physical therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and treats clinically for…

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1. BPPV in Concussion

The incidence of BPPV in sport-related concussion is discussed. What is not BPPV is also discussed so that the learner can identify what is an emergent condition that requires medical attention related to vertigo in athletes.

2. BPPV Interventions for Sport Concussion

New alternatives for the management of BPPV in persons with neck pain post sport concussion are provided. Video demonstration of treatment approaches and clinical pearls for treatment are provided to help learners advance their practice.

3. Advances in Vestibular Testing and Management

The newest advances in vestibular laboratory and clinical testing and management are discussed, plus how the test results relate to mild head injury/concussion. Eye-tracking, apps, and new tests and measures are discussed related to their potential value in the treatment of persons post concussion.

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