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

presented by Jeff Walter

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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

    Director of the Otolaryngology Vestibular and Balance Center at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Clinical practice focused on vestibular diagnostic testing and vestibular rehabilitation. Adjunct faculty at Misericordia University, Department of Physical Therapy. Graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy 1996. Attained competency certification in “Vestibular Rehabilitation” and “Vestibular Function Test Interpretation”. Graduate of the University of Scranton, Doctorate in Physical Therapy 2009. 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. Developed a teaching website “www.vestibularseminars.com” designed to provide information to assist clinicians in the management of dizziness and imbalance.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Case Study 1

    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

    2. Treatment Considerations

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

  3. Case Study 2

    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

    4. Case Study 3

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

  5. BPPV Cases

    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

    6. Special Considerations & Red Flags

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