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Vestibular Rehabilitation: Vestibular Disorders

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 train clinicians in the recognition and management options of vestibular system disorders. The material will be presented in a lecture format with video case studies. The course is intended to enhance the clinician’s ability to determine the appropriateness of vestibular rehabilitation and identify indications for further medical/diagnostic consultation.

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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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Introduction/Anatomy and Physiology

Become familiar with various sources of information regarding vestibular disorders. Identify common terminology utilized to describe vestibular related symptoms. Distinguish the structure and function of semicircular canal function from otolithic organs. Identify age related changes in otoconia. Recognize proper orientation of the vestibular organ, including semicircular canals, within the skull. Identify the vascular supply and neural innervations of the vestibular organ. Recognize central nervous system related eye movements.

2. BPPV

Recognize and discuss risk factors of BPPV. Describe the following BPPV subtypes: Canalithiasis, Cupulolithiasis. Recognize typical characteristics of BPPV. Identify patterns of nystagmus commonly related to BPPV. Recognize head positioning tests utilized to diagnose BPPV: Dix-Hallpike, Sidelying Test, Roll Test. Identify management options for BPPV.

3. Unilateral Vestibular Disorders (Fixed)

Identify characteristics and management options for: Vestibular Neuritis, Anterior Vestibular Artery Ischemia, Labyrinthitis. Recognize common abnormal examination findings. Identify common laboratory findings. Identify management options for fixed unilateral vestibular disorders.

4. Unilateral Vestibular Disorders (Unstable)

Identify characteristics and management options for: Meniere’s Disease, Vestibular Schwannoma, Superior Canal Dehiscence. Recognize common abnormal examination findings. Identify common laboratory findings. Identify management options for unstable unilateral vestibular disorders.

5. Bilateral Vestibular Disorders

Identify common etiology factors of bilateral vestibular disorders. Recognize common abnormal examination findings. Identify common laboratory findings. Identify management options.

6. Central Vestibular Disorders

Identify characteristics of: Posterior circulation TIA / CVA, Cerebellar Degeneration, Arnold Chiari Malformation, Multiple Sclerosis, Head Injury. Recognize common abnormal examination findings. Identify common laboratory findings. Identify management options.

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