Vestibular Rehabilitation: Identification and Management of BPPV

presented by Jeff Walter

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This evidence-based course will train clinicians in the practical management of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). The course will include instruction in relevant anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, examination techniques, canalith repositioning maneuvers and management guidelines. The material will be presented in a lecture/lab format with video case studies. The course is intended to enhance the clinician’s ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of canalith repositioning maneuvers. Practical application to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed.

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

  1. Introduction

    1. Introduction

    Become familiar with various sources of information regarding BPPV management. Identify common terminology utilized to describe vestibular related symptoms. Recognize demographic/ prevalence data regarding BPPV.

  2. Anatomy and Physiology

    2. Anatomy and Physiology

    Recognize proper orientation of the vestibular organ within the skull. Identify relevant structure and function of the following: semicircular canals, otolothic Organs. Discuss age-related changes in otoconia.

  3. Pathophysiology

    3. Pathophysiology

    Recognize and discuss risk factors. Describe the following BPPV subtypes: canalithiasis, cupulolithiasis. Recognize typical characteristics of: BPPV, central nervous system related positional dizziness.

  4. Examination

    4. Examination

    Identify patterns of nystagmus commonly related to BPPV. Appropriately perform head positioning tests: Dix-Hallpike, sidelying test, roll test, bow and lean test. Recognize modifications to examination based on patient-related movement / position limitations. Recognize alternative causes of positional dizziness.

  5. Treatment Maneuvers/Management Guidelines

    5. Treatment Maneuvers/Management Guidelines

    Appropriately perform canalith repositioning maneuvers: modified Epley’s Maneuver, Liberatory (Semont’s) Maneuver, Gufoni’s Maneuver. Recognize modifications to treatment based on patient related movement / position limitations. Recognize positive prognostic indicators of an effective maneuver.

  6. Management Guidelines/Efficiency

    6. Management Guidelines/Efficiency

    Recognize post-treatment guidelines. Identify special considerations for testing and treatment modification. Identify prevention strategies. Instruct patient in appropriate self-treatment guidelines.