presented by Jeff Walter
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.
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 a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy (1996). Jeff Walter attained competency certification in “Vestibular Rehabilitation” and “Vestibular Function Test Interpretation"" and has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2009) from the University of Scranton. Since 1999, Jeff has lectured at professional conferences, universities, and continuing education courses for audiologists, physicians, and therapists involved in managing patients with dizziness and imbalance. He developed a teaching website (www.vestibularseminars.com,) designed to provide information to assist clinicians in the management of dizziness and imbalance.
Identify differentiating features regarding patient history. Recognize common abnormal examination findings. Identify management options based on patient history and examination findings.
Design appropriate treatment exercises to promote compensation for lost vestibular function, including oscillopsia and imbalance.
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.
Recognize abnormal examination findings. Discuss management options based on patient history and examination findings.
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.
Recognize abnormal examination findings, which may indicate abnormal central vestibular function or limit investigation of the peripheral vestibular system.