Invisible Trauma:Recovery from Complex Concussions


Thirty percent of those with mild traumatic brain injury have a prolonged recovery. Co-morbidities also complicate the rehabilitation process and make efficie intervention challenging. This two-day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical thera-pists who have a basic knowledge of mild TBI and vestibular rehab and would like to im-prove their skills. The course goes beyond introductory concussion courses to explore the difficu differentia diagnostic process that is required with complex mild TBI. The course will enable the therapist to differentiat the various etiologies of dysfunction and prioritize intervention for those patients who are not recovering as expected. The course will cover recent research and how clinical management has changed over recent years. Participants will explore the oculomotor exam as it relates to determining the etiology of impairment, including central vestibular involvement. The difficu areas of anxiety/depression, diffe-ential diagnosis of PPPD, and how to communicate about these issues with the patient and family will be discussed. Headache and cervical involvement will be addressed, including differentia diagnosis of post-traumatic headache, with emphasis on differentia diagnosis of migraine headache, vestibular migraine and cervicogenic dizziness. Strategies for prioritiz-ing intervention will be discussed, as well as when to refer to other medical practitioners for counseling psychology, neuropsychologic testing and vision assessment. Laboratory time will be provided to work on oculomotor and visual assessment and intervention skills as they relate to mild TBI. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for intervention planning and documentation. Participants will be able to return to their clinic with the ability to refin assessment techniques and manage patients with greater efficien.


Sep 19 - 20, 2020


United States


Instructor: Laura Morris, PT, NCS
Phone: 800-300-5512