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Treating Balance and Preventing Falls, in Geriatric, Neuro, Vestibular and Medically Complex Clients

March 24-25, 2017
Doylestown, PA
Instructor: Kim Fox
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This course is highly informative and will get you thinking about balance in a whole new light to make balance training effective and fun for you and your patients! You will learn how to isolate balance deficits in processing and motor output, screen for basic vestibular involvement, including BPPV, objectively identify fall risk, implement modifications to reduce fall risk, discover your creative side to developing effective treatment strategies, tailor exercises to meet the needs of your patients physical abilities in any setting and understand how to teach safe falling techniques, to name a few.  You will also learn about frequently missed components to a successful treatment program.

Treating Balance, Preventing Falls, in Neruo, Vestibular, Geriatric and Medically Complex Clients

March 24-25, 2017
Doylestown, PA
Instructor: Kim Fox
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This course is highly informative and will get you thinking about balance in a whole new light to make balance training effective and fun for you and your patients! You will learn how to isolate balance deficits in processing and motor output, screen for basic vestibular involvement, including BPPV, objectively identify fall risk, implement modifications to reduce fall risk, discover your creative side to developing effective treatment strategies, tailor exercises to meet the needs of your patients physical abilities in any setting and understand how to teach safe falling techniques, to name a few.  You will also learn about frequently missed components to a successful treatment program.

VRT 1: Vestibular Rehabilitation - An Introductory Course

March 24-25, 2017
University Park, IL
Instructor: Mickey Shah, PT, D.Sc., FAAOMPT, Vestibular Specialist
Contact: 708-966-4386, Email
About the Event

 This evidence-based course will provide clinicians the ability to evaluate and manage patients with central and peripheral vestibular disorders. A variety of education materials will be presented in order to enhance learning via lecture, video, and hands on lab sessions. 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.  The participant will learn examination and treatment progressions for patients experiencing dizziness from unilateral/bilateral vestibular loss, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), and central vestibular disorders. This is an introductory  course intended for physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants.

An Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation

March 25-26, 2017
Newark, NJ
Instructor: Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA
Contact: 800-210-5856, Email
About the Event

This class focuses on providing an excellent framework for the clinician to effectively treat vestibular disorders. Like all of our courses, this vestibular physical therapy continuing education course focuses on teaching clinicians to actually treat disorders in this rapidly expanding area. One of the strengths of this course is that it applies to clinicians without any vestibular experience, providing ample tools to treat vestibular disorders, while still maintaining the interest and expanding the capabilities of clinicians more experienced in the field of Vestibular Rehabilitation. BPPV is covered at great length in this course.

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

March 25-26, 2017
Seattle, WA
Instructor: Diane Wrisley, Phd, PT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.

Vestibular Rehabilitation - A Comprehensive Clinical Approach for Positive Functional Outcomes

March 25-26, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Georgia Groomer, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This two-day intermediate level course provides the fundamentals for evaluating and treating vestibular dysfunction. A basic overview of vestibular function and anatomy as well as central nervous system interaction is provided. Hands-on laboratory sessions enhance the clinicians ability to properly perform testing techniques for vestibular disorders. Quite often the -missing link- in the management of a clients complaints lies within the weakness of the vestibular system. A thorough understanding of underlying disorders assist the clinician in developing effective treatment and exercise programs to decrease symptoms and enhance balance and functional ability. Options and considerations for creating treatment plans and long-term care management strategies are thoroughly discussed.

The treatment ideas presented in this course can be applied to patients with vestibular disorders as well as to patients with limitations in balance or sensory integration. Clinicians will be able to immediately apply this information in the clinical setting.

This course is offered to physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. An extensive laboratory component is designed to provide clinicians with skills required for the treatment of their balance and vestibular patients.

Vestibular Testing Master Class

March 31 - April 1, 2017
Baltimore, MD
Instructor: David Newman-Toker, G.M. Halmagyi, David Zee
Contact: 410-955-2959, Email
About the Event
Objectives
  1. Diagnose acute dizziness and vertigo using timing and triggers, rather than type, identifying patients at highest risk for misdiagnosis of strokes presenting vestibular symptoms.
  2. Perform and interpret the results of bedside eye movement examinations to identify benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular neuritis, and dangerous central mimics.
  3. Describe recent advances in diagnosis and management of peripheral vestibular disorders in specialty practice, including vestibular testing, neuro-otologic imaging, and novel therapies.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

April 1-2, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Jeffrey Walter PT, DPT, NCS
Contact: 636-536-0272, Email
About the Event

This evidence-based course will train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular disorders. The course will include instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical management, pathology, detailed bedside examination and treatment skills. The material will be presented in a lecture, lab and video case study format. Competence in the performance of a comprehensive office / bedside examination and treatment skills will be addressed in a lab format. The seminar is intended to enhance the clinician’s ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) for common vestibular disorders. Practical application of VRT to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the identification and management of BPPV variants.

 

Optimizing Functional Mobility in the Older Adult

April 8-9, 2017
San Ramon, CA
Instructor: Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

As the population ages, there is a continual growing need for physical and occupational therapists and other health care providers to develop comprehensive solutions to maximize mobility and achieve postitive functional outcomes. This intermediate level course will utilize the best evidence based research in examination and treatment techniques for older adults and apply them to results driven clinical practices. This course will teach clinicians how to perform a comprehensive examination of older adults with orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiopulmonary diagnoses as well as other pathologies with an emphasis on integrating findings into the development of the plan of care. A variety of tests and interventions will be practiced in labs to allow participants the opportunity to practice the concepts discussed during lectures, such as appropriate strength training for older adults and treatment of vestibular disorders. Since vestibular disorders may be missed in older adults, identification and treatment of vestibular impairment is vital to successful outcomes in this population to prevent further injury and to establish a successful path toward functional mobility. This course will also include implications of other diagnoses common to older adults such as diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, hip fracture, and several other diagnoses. Case studies will be used for participants to practice problem solving and clinical decision making in older adults. The information in this course can be adapted for all practice settings including acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities/subacute, outpatient, and home care. This evidence based course will incorporate current and relevant information to develop an individualized treatment plan to improve functional outcomes in your patients. A comprehensive manual will supplement the didactic and lab portions of the course.

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Treatment of Dizziness and Balance

April 8-9, 2017
Boulder, CO
Instructor: Jeffrey Walter
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This evidence-based course will train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular disorders. The course will include instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical management, pathology, detailed bedside examination and treatment skills. The material will be presented in a lecture, lab and video case study format. Competence in the performance of a comprehensive office / bedside examination and treatment skills will be addressed in a lab format. The seminar is intended to enhance the clinicians ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of VRT for vestibular disorders. Practical application of VRT to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the management of BPPV variants and vestibular hypofunction. Course Objectives: Perform a detailed bedside vestibular and balance examination Based on patient history and bedside examination, identify the specific features of:

  • Peripheral vestibular disorders
  • Central vestibular disorders
  • Non-vestibular dizziness

 

Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification Workshop

April 19-21, 2017
Largo (Tampa Bay), FL
Instructor: Course Director: Richard Gans, PhD
Contact: 800-245-6442, Email
About the Event

This three-day certification workshop presents rehabilitation and therapy protocols to manage identifiable vestibular and balance system disorders, including cortical and labyrinthine concussion. The content is evidence based to ensure therapists and clinicians produce excellent outcomes.

Includes:

An overview of vestibular anatomy and physiology
Understanding sensory integration of equilibrium
Disorders affecting vestibular function
AccomodationsCortical and Labyrinthine Concussion Differentiation
Interactive Concussion Management Strategies
Extensive training materials for therapy programs
Neurophysiology of Central Compensation 
VRT protocols: adaptation, habituation, and substitution for patient-centered therapy
Pyschogenic factors affecting VRT outcomes
BPPV diagnosis & treatment – Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers with manual training

Comprehensive Workbook includes vestibular exercises, evaluation materials and much more.

An Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation

April 21-22, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT
Instructor: Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA
Contact: 800-210-5856, Email
About the Event

This class focuses on providing an excellent framework for the clinician to effectively treat vestibular disorders. Like all of our courses, this vestibular physical therapy continuing education course focuses on teaching clinicians to actually treat disorders in this rapidly expanding area. One of the strengths of this course is that it applies to clinicians without any vestibular experience, providing ample tools to treat vestibular disorders, while still maintaining the interest and expanding the capabilities of clinicians more experienced in the field of Vestibular Rehabilitation. BPPV is covered at great length in this course.

Demystifying Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Introduction to Strategies for Testing and Treatment of BPPV

April 21, 2017
Denver, CO
Instructor: Elizabeth Krupa PT
Contact: 8165290363, Email
About the Event

Course Description: Given the borad scope of Vestibular Rehabilitation, this course is designed to provide emphasis on evaluation and treatment concepts in the management of BPPV. you will learn concepts and tests to diffrentiate central from peripheral vestibular cases, including specific tests to identify BPPV canal involvement. A significant amount of time is spent in lab learning testing and treatment techniques and mechanics. Videos will be used to assist participants in learning to read nystagmus eye movement patterns, including differentiating BPPV calan involvement and type. Case studies and group discussion will reinforce learning and assist participants in identifying atypical findings that warrant discussion with referring providers. 

Course Type: Hybrid course combining 6 hours of home study + 1-day live seminar. 12 hours total.

Home study of 6 hours is required prior to attending the course to familiarize yourself with the material to facilitate the clinical application in the live seminar. A text book and home study quiz will be sent to individuals approximately 2-3 weeks before the course date. 

Intended Audience: Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Athletic Trainers

Instructor: Elizabeth Krupa PT. Liz received a Bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and her physical therapy degree from the University of Florida. She has spent most of her career working in outpatient clinics in southwest Florida; ten of those years as owner of Freedom Physical Therapy Inc. in Englewood. She began working with vestibular patients in 2004 and now treats mostly vestibular patients in the outpatient setting. She has pursued multiple educational opportunities in the field, including vestibular and cervicogenic dizziness certification through Emory University. Liz is an accomplished speaker sharing her passion for vestibular therapy through presentations to groups including the state convention of medical assistants, physical therapy clinics, physician's offices and community organizations throughout the state of Florida. She recently moved to Jacksonville where she is a vestibular and balance consultant. 

A Dynamic Systems Approach to Neurological Rehabilitation

April 22-23, 2017
San Ramon, CA
Instructor: Jennifer Goff, MSPT, NCS, CLT, CVT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

This 2-day intermediate level course is a comprehensive presentation focusing on rehabilitation for the neurological patient. Lecture and lab will be combined to cover many topics using a dynamic systems approach. The basic concepts of PNF, NDT, motor learning, forced use, sensory and manual cueing, and the promotion of neuroplasticity will be reviewed. The causes of and treatment for altered muscular tone will be explored. The clinician will learn how the sensory systems affect motor performance and will be given exercise protocols to enhance motor outcomes using each system. Detailed information will be provided on how to utilize one system to help heal another. The course will cover therapeutic approaches for the neurological patient for: strengthening, conditioning, balance, coordination, functional mobility, edema management, incontinence and constipation. Complimentary approaches including yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, acupuncture, meditation, and visualization will be thoroughly discussed. The disease processes, current research, and treatment protocols for the special needs of patients with CVA, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, and Post Polio Syndrome will be covered. The clinician will leave this course with many exercise protocols specific for these diagnoses and will also be able to take the knowledge learned and immediately apply it to a full spectrum of neurological patients.

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

April 22-23, 2017
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Diane Wrisley, Phd, PT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.

Rehab for Vestibular, Balance and Related Symptons: Post-Concussion Syndrome

April 22-23, 2017
Visalia, CA
Instructor: Kim Fox
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Concussion is a common and potential disabling condition that affects people of all ages as a result of trauma sustained in sport, motor vehicle crashes, military service, work and recreational accidents.  This course is designed to aid in the identification of the multifaceted nature of concussion, and will help you effectively treat PCS patients and become part of an effective team approach to recovery. You will learn about clinical trajectories, stages of recovery and predictors of recovery time, differential diagnoses as well as comprehensive treatment techniques.  You will be able to perform an effective evaluation as well as learn about the latest research in assessing and managing PCS to successfully get your patients back to their prior functioning levels. This course builds in extensive LAB time for a hands-on style of learning.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

April 22-23, 2017
Houston, TX
Instructor: Karen Skop, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

This course is a two-day, advanced seminar focusing on balance and vestibular sequellae that may arise following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The cause of concussions can be varied, from sports related injuries, car accidents, falls, to the more unique and complex mTBI sustained by the thousands of returning soldiers from war zone regions. This course is designed to aid in the identification of vestibular and balance deficits following a concussion. The participant will learn what types of diagnoses are most common following a concussion, expected recovery, outcomes and prognosis. We will cover a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, complex cases of BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve damage, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance, exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions. We will discuss current “return to play”. guidelines, their limitations and how balance plays an important role. Case studies will be introduced so that participants will learn to systematically approach the examination, establish a working diagnosis and develop treatment plan and finally exercise prescription. Case studies will include several videos examples, focusing on key features to aid in interpretation of eye movement patterns and developing differential diagnosis from skills learned during lab. This course is organized to build in complexity, through case presentations, guided lab and lectures to allow the learner to have a thorough understanding of how to manage this population without getting overwhelmed! Throughout the course evidence based practice is emphasized. Participants will be able to develop clear, concise treatment regimen, learn how to educate patient, families and coaches on when is the best time to “return to play”. Finally, participants will learn what is known in the literature, what is not known and how you as a health care provider can play a prominent role.

Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation

April 28-29, 2017
Chicago, IL
Instructor: Gaye Cronin
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This course focuses on effective vestibular rehabilitation for treating children with dizziness, coordination, balance, motor, postural, vestibular, visual motor, perceptual, sensory organization and motion disorders due to disease, toxicity, infection, tumors, trauma, neurological, and congenital/genetic disorders. Experienced as well as novice clinicians will learn a new frame of reference and treatment techniques that can positively affect the childs motor skills, balance, coordination, rate of development, perceptual skills and tolerances of motion. The lab course will include pediatric assessments for vestibular, sensory organization, ocular motor, reflex integration, and motor development. Treatment techniques, video case demonstrations, and interactive lab practice will be included. While this course is specific to pediatrics, the material does apply to adults with vestibular disorders as well.

Post Concussion Syndrome

April 28-29, 2017
Manchester, NH
Instructor: Christina Finn
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This course will help clinicians apply the latest research on diagnosis and management of concussion and post concussion syndrome. This course will focus on the latest relevant assessment and treatment strategies for adults and children with prolonged visual, vestibular and sensory complaints as a result of concussion. Effective treatment strategies to improve visual skills, balance and sensory integration for optimal return to all daily tasks will be highlighted. Participants will engage in clinical problem solving via group case analysis and discussion. Age/Patient Population: This course is relevant for therapists working with individuals of all ages including school aged children, young adults, and older adults who may have sustained a concussion as a result of fall, MVA, sports injury, or accident.

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

April 29-30, 2017
Gardendale, AL
Instructor: Diane Wrisley, PhD, PT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.

Evidence Based Rehab Techniques for Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Peripheral Neuropathy

April 29-30, 2017
Stamford, CT
Instructor: Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Neuromuscular and central nervous system diseases affect millions of people throughout the United States and worldwide. It is estimated that 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s Disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the more than one million Americans already diagnosed with the disease. Approximately 400,000 people in the US are affected by Multiple Sclerosis and 2.3 million worldwide. Add to these statistics the 2.4 percent of the US population diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.

This two-day intermediate level course provides an in-depth look at the evaluation and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Peripheral Neuropathy. This course provides the most up-to-date information on these neurological conditions.

An in-depth presentation of the clinical research, current common medications, surgical procedures and the effects they can have on rehabilitation are discussed in an interactive format. The scientific and clinical rationale for assessment and treatment strategies at different stages of progression are thoroughly presented. In addition to the comprehensive didactic information presented, this course will encompass a large amount of laboratory time. Innovative techniques, ranging from balance and gait training, yoga, boxing, Pilates and the use of therapeutic equipment will be utilized during lab sessions with the goal of formulating a patient specific progressive treatment program.

 

Video case study analysis and group discussion for movement dysfunction and gait abnormalities will provide the clinician with the skills necessary to discern the underlying mechanism of pathomechanics and dysfunction.

Mastering Rehab Solutions for the Complexities of Concussions

April 29-30, 2017
Chicago, IL
Instructor: Elizabeth Grace Georgelos, PT, MS, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This two-day advanced course is designed for physical and occupational therapists, who have prior experience in vestibular rehabilitation and are looking to expand their knowledge and clinical skills in the assessment and intervention of persons with mild traumatic brain injury and concussion. Mild TBI is often in the news related to sports concussion, yet the cause of injury may be one of many possible sources: sports, car accidents, falls, work accidents, combat and other injuries. Specific areas of dysfunction to be explored include BPPV, oculomotor issues, vestibular dysfunction, self-motion and visual motion sensitivity, balance dysfunction, cervical involvement, cervical proprioception abnormalities, and exertional issues along with discussion of treatment strategies to address each problem with review of current evidence supporting best practice. Discussion on how to perform differential diagnosis of all these difficulties and also how to deal with confounding issues such as migraines and light and sound sensitivity will be included.

 Additional topics to be examined include return to play protocols and issues, emerging areas of research such as biomarkers and BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) and the important role of therapy in comprehensive concussion management. Patient presentations will be discussed ranging from simple, straight-forward problems to complex and challenging cases with emphasis placed on case study application of actual patients. Lectures will be combined with lab breakout sessions and case study presentations. This course will go beyond the presentation of examination and intervention techniques and will focus on the more advanced skills of developing problem solving and differential diagnosis ability and critical thinking proficiency to better manage even the most challenging patients. All material will reflect the most recent and outcome oriented evidence based information available for the medical and therapeutic management of concussion and mild TBI.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

April 29-30, 2017
Fort Worth, TX
Instructor: Jeffrey Walter
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This evidence-based course will train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular disorders. The course will include instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical management, pathology, detailed bedside examination and treatment skills. The material will be presented in a lecture, lab and video case study format. Competence in the performance of a comprehensive office / bedside examination and treatment skills will be addressed in a lab format. The seminar is intended to enhance the clinicians ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of VRT for vestibular disorders. Practical application of VRT to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the management of BPPV variants and vestibular hypofunction. Course Objectives: Perform a detailed bedside vestibular and balance examination Based on patient history and bedside examination, identify the specific features of:

  • Peripheral vestibular disorders
  • Central vestibular disorders
  • Non-vestibular dizziness

 

Vestibular Rehabilitation - A Comprehensive Clinical Approach for Positive Functional Outcomes

April 29-30, 2017
Portland, OR
Instructor: Georgia Groomer, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This two-day intermediate level course provides the fundamentals for evaluating and treating vestibular dysfunction. A basic overview of vestibular function and anatomy as well as central nervous system interaction is provided. Hands-on laboratory sessions enhance the clinicians ability to properly perform testing techniques for vestibular disorders. Quite often the -missing link- in the management of a clients complaints lies within the weakness of the vestibular system. A thorough understanding of underlying disorders assist the clinician in developing effective treatment and exercise programs to decrease symptoms and enhance balance and functional ability. Options and considerations for creating treatment plans and long-term care management strategies are thoroughly discussed.

The treatment ideas presented in this course can be applied to patients with vestibular disorders as well as to patients with limitations in balance or sensory integration. Clinicians will be able to immediately apply this information in the clinical setting.

This course is offered to physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. An extensive laboratory component is designed to provide clinicians with skills required for the treatment of their balance and vestibular patients.

 

Vestibular Assessment & Management Workshop

May 1-5, 2017
Largo (Tampa Bay), FL
Instructor: Course Director: Richard Gans, PhD
Contact: 800-245-6442, Email
About the Event

The most comprehensive Workshop.  Learn the full spectrum of care of vestibular diagnostic and treatment management of the dizzy patient.  Includes assessment, diagnostic testing, rehabilitation techniques and treatment.

Anatomy & Physiology
Vestibular Assessment & Diagnostic Testing
- VNG/ENG, postural stability, active head rotation tests and more.
Management and Treatment
- All techniques for the evaluation and treatment of BPPV, and vestibular rehabilitation therapy using diagnostic based strategies for all types of vestibular and balance disorders.

Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update

May 5-7, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
Instructor: Joseph M. Furman, MD, PhD
Contact: Corrine Grubb, Email
About the Event

Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update is geared for clinicians (physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and audiologists) who have a basic knowledge of vestibular disorders. The program content will be at an advanced level and is designed to provide an update regarding the treatment of persons with balance/vestibular disorders and the underlying science.  Some of the topics include central causes of dizziness (e.g. anxiety and migraine related dizziness), BPPV, concussion management, vestibular function testing, alternative therapies, pharmacotherapy, cervical dizziness, back to work and driving decisions, innovative therapies for person with vestibular disorders, clinical and functional neuroimaging, and bedside evaluation of the person with dizziness with a lab component. Each of the speakers is an expert from one of several disciplines including physical therapy, neurology, otology, gerontology, psychology, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, bioengineering, and neuroscience. There are scheduled question and answer periods following each session at which participants can ask the entire faculty questions.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Joseph Furman and Dr. Susan L. Whitney.  Dr. Furman is co-director of the course and has numerous Medline references to his credit.  He is co-author of the book entitled "Vestibular Disorders:  A Case Oriented Approach" published by Oxford University Press.  He has recently published the 3rd edition with Dr. Stephen Cass and Dr. Susan Whitney.  Dr. Furman has been an NIH supported clinician-scientist his entire career and is a board certified neurologist.

Dr. Whitney is a physical therapist who has presented about vestibular rehabilitation to national and international conferences.  She is the Program Director of the Centers for Rehab Services at the Eye and Ear Institute and has treated persons with vestibular disorders for over 25 years. She is an active clinical researcher who has published extensively. Drs. Furman and Whitney will conduct the lab/cases together to provide a unique physician/physical therapist team perspective.

 Criteria for Successful Completion:  

  • Evidence of attendance by signing in and out each day
  • Completion of Post-test with a score of 70%  

An Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation

May 6-7, 2017
Colorado Springs, CO
Instructor: Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA
Contact: 800-210-5856, Email
About the Event

This class focuses on providing an excellent framework for the clinician to effectively treat vestibular disorders. Like all of our courses, this vestibular physical therapy continuing education course focuses on teaching clinicians to actually treat disorders in this rapidly expanding area. One of the strengths of this course is that it applies to clinicians without any vestibular experience, providing ample tools to treat vestibular disorders, while still maintaining the interest and expanding the capabilities of clinicians more experienced in the field of Vestibular Rehabilitation. BPPV is covered at great length in this course.

Mastering Rehab Solutions for the Complexities of Concussions

May 6-7, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Elizabeth Grace Georgelos, PT, MS, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This two-day advanced course is designed for physical and occupational therapists, who have prior experience in vestibular rehabilitation and are looking to expand their knowledge and clinical skills in the assessment and intervention of persons with mild traumatic brain injury and concussion. Mild TBI is often in the news related to sports concussion, yet the cause of injury may be one of many possible sources: sports, car accidents, falls, work accidents, combat and other injuries. Specific areas of dysfunction to be explored include BPPV, oculomotor issues, vestibular dysfunction, self-motion and visual motion sensitivity, balance dysfunction, cervical involvement, cervical proprioception abnormalities, and exertional issues along with discussion of treatment strategies to address each problem with review of current evidence supporting best practice. Discussion on how to perform differential diagnosis of all these difficulties and also how to deal with confounding issues such as migraines and light and sound sensitivity will be included.

 Additional topics to be examined include return to play protocols and issues, emerging areas of research such as biomarkers and BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) and the important role of therapy in comprehensive concussion management. Patient presentations will be discussed ranging from simple, straight-forward problems to complex and challenging cases with emphasis placed on case study application of actual patients. Lectures will be combined with lab breakout sessions and case study presentations. This course will go beyond the presentation of examination and intervention techniques and will focus on the more advanced skills of developing problem solving and differential diagnosis ability and critical thinking proficiency to better manage even the most challenging patients. All material will reflect the most recent and outcome oriented evidence based information available for the medical and therapeutic management of concussion and mild TBI.

Optimizing Functional Mobility in the Older Adult

May 6-7, 2017
Pennington, NJ
Instructor: Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

As the population ages, there is a continual growing need for physical and occupational therapists and other health care providers to develop comprehensive solutions to maximize mobility and achieve postitive functional outcomes. This intermediate level course will utilize the best evidence based research in examination and treatment techniques for older adults and apply them to results driven clinical practices. This course will teach clinicians how to perform a comprehensive examination of older adults with orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiopulmonary diagnoses as well as other pathologies with an emphasis on integrating findings into the development of the plan of care. A variety of tests and interventions will be practiced in labs to allow participants the opportunity to practice the concepts discussed during lectures, such as appropriate strength training for older adults and treatment of vestibular disorders. Since vestibular disorders may be missed in older adults, identification and treatment of vestibular impairment is vital to successful outcomes in this population to prevent further injury and to establish a successful path toward functional mobility. This course will also include implications of other diagnoses common to older adults such as diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, hip fracture, and several other diagnoses. Case studies will be used for participants to practice problem solving and clinical decision making in older adults. The information in this course can be adapted for all practice settings including acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities/subacute, outpatient, and home care. This evidence based course will incorporate current and relevant information to develop an individualized treatment plan to improve functional outcomes in your patients. A comprehensive manual will supplement the didactic and lab portions of the course.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

May 6-7, 2017
Sacramento, CA
Instructor: Karen Skop, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This course is a two-day, advanced seminar focusing on balance and vestibular sequellae that may arise following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The cause of concussions can be varied, from sports related injuries, car accidents, falls, to the more unique and complex mTBI sustained by the thousands of returning soldiers from war zone regions. This course is designed to aid in the identification of vestibular and balance deficits following a concussion. The participant will learn what types of diagnoses are most common following a concussion, expected recovery, outcomes and prognosis. We will cover a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, complex cases of BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve damage, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance, exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions. We will discuss current “return to play”. guidelines, their limitations and how balance plays an important role. Case studies will be introduced so that participants will learn to systematically approach the examination, establish a working diagnosis and develop treatment plan and finally exercise prescription. Case studies will include several videos examples, focusing on key features to aid in interpretation of eye movement patterns and developing differential diagnosis from skills learned during lab. This course is organized to build in complexity, through case presentations, guided lab and lectures to allow the learner to have a thorough understanding of how to manage this population without getting overwhelmed! Throughout the course evidence based practice is emphasized. Participants will be able to develop clear, concise treatment regimen, learn how to educate patient, families and coaches on when is the best time to “return to play”. Finally, participants will learn what is known in the literature, what is not known and how you as a health care provider can play a prominent role.

Evaluation & Management of Dizziness & Imbalance

May 19-20, 2017
Baltimore, MD
Instructor: David Zee, MD & A. Tucker Gleason, PhD
Contact: (410) 547-1200
About the Event

INTENDED AUDIENCE AudiologistsChiropractorsNeurologistsOtolaryngologists Physical TherapistsVNG/ENG Technicians This is an intermediate course for those interested in vestibular testing. Examples of test abnormalities will be discussed and cases used to illustrate how to apply the test results to achieve successful treatment strategies. This course assumes the attendee has a general working knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular & balance systems as well as general familiarity and experience with ENG/VNG testing. LEARNER OUTCOMES At the completion of this course, the attendee will be able to: Describe the vestibule-ocular reflex and its relationship to bedside and laboratory vestibular testing. Compare and contrast presenting symptoms of peripheral vs central causes of dizziness and imbalance. Describe at least one stroke syndrome associated with vertigo. Name 2 or more common patterns of vestibular test results. REGISTRATION FEES: Registration fees include course tuition, program materials, refreshments breaks and Friday Lunch. Each participant will receive an email or fax confirming their registration. We expect high interest in this course so register early. CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY: Refund requests will be honored when received in writing within 21 days (09/19/14) before the start of the course. All refunds are subject to a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds will be given 21 days or less before the start of the course. Micromedical Technologies, Inc. reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, registration fees will be refunded but Micromedical Technologies, Inc. is not responsible for any related costs or charges. 

Innovative Vestibular and Visual Solutions for the Sensory Motor Pediatric Therapist ...What do I do now?

May 19-20, 2017
Portland, OR
Instructor: Kendra Worley, MOT, LOT
About the Event

This course is designed to give pediatric PT’s and OT’s strategies to improve treatment outcomes. These outcomes include: increased postural stability, ROM, attention, social interactions, visual motor coordination, fine motor and gross motor skills. This two-day, intermediate-level course will explore sensory integration and the theory of functional disconnect syndrome, along with ways to incorporate these theories into your treatment sessions. 
The following questions will be answered: “How do you determine if it is a sensory processing deficit or a behavioral issue?” and “How do you help a child who “W” sits? Participants will gain knowledge on how to be more objective in the effectiveness of the treatment strategies they use. Multiple in-depth case studies will be used to walk therapists through a progression of therapy strategies used with each child. Strategies on how to provide visual and vestibular stimulation with high muscle tone vs. low muscle tone kids will be presented. Strategies on how to incorporate reflex integration exercises to improve developmental outcomes will also be demonstrated. 
This course will include lecture, discussion, and case studies including several videos of treatment sessions. In addition, hands-on lab time and demonstration sessions will be incorporated to allow time for practice of therapy strategies. Therapists from a variety of settings including home health, school, clinics and hospitals would benefit from this course. (INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)

A Dynamic Systems Approach to Neurological Rehabilitation

May 20-21, 2017
Freehold, NJ
Instructor: Jennifer Goff, MSPT, NCS, CLT, CVT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

This 2-day intermediate level course is a comprehensive presentation focusing on rehabilitation for the neurological patient. Lecture and lab will be combined to cover many topics using a dynamic systems approach. The basic concepts of PNF, NDT, motor learning, forced use, sensory and manual cueing, and the promotion of neuroplasticity will be reviewed. The causes of and treatment for altered muscular tone will be explored. The clinician will learn how the sensory systems affect motor performance and will be given exercise protocols to enhance motor outcomes using each system. Detailed information will be provided on how to utilize one system to help heal another. The course will cover therapeutic approaches for the neurological patient for: strengthening, conditioning, balance, coordination, functional mobility, edema management, incontinence and constipation. Complimentary approaches including yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, acupuncture, meditation, and visualization will be thoroughly discussed. The disease processes, current research, and treatment protocols for the special needs of patients with CVA, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, and Post Polio Syndrome will be covered. The clinician will leave this course with many exercise protocols specific for these diagnoses and will also be able to take the knowledge learned and immediately apply it to a full spectrum of neurological patients.

Spinning Beyond Basics - An Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Course

May 20-21, 2017
La Mesa, CA
Instructor: Janene Holmberg, DPT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

This two-day advanced course is designed for physical or occupational therapists, who have prior experience in vestibular rehabilitation and are seeking to refine their clinical evaluation and treatment skills beyond the basics. Therapists who are comfortable with their fundamental skills will find this course helpful at adding more treatment options to successfully treat the complex dizzy patient. Patient diagnoses discussed will include cervical dizziness, atypical BPPV, anxiety, migraine, acoustic neuroma, superior canal dehiscence, conversion disorder and Mal de Debarquement. Focus will be placed on case study applications with careful analysis of history, diagnostic clinical findings and classification of dysfunctions to allow optimal customized treatment protocols. Clinical skills to be taught will include fistula screening, cervicogenic screening, BPPV treatments beyond the posterior canal (anterior/horizontal canals), acoustic neuroma management including exposure to facial rehabilitation techniques, migraine screening and treatments, and identification/management of psychological factors. All testing and treatment protocols presented will be evidence-based and clinically relevant to more effectively manage the dizzy patient. Lectures will intersperse the refining of clinical testing protocols with specific treatment strategies for a wide range of diagnoses. Instruction will be provided via lecture, videotapes, lab breakouts, detailed demonstrations and case studies. Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual giving details of all recommended testing and treatment protocols.

Spinning Beyond Basics - An Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Course

May 20-21, 2017
La Mesa, CA
Instructor: Janene Holmberg, DPT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

This two-day advanced course is designed for physical or occupational therapists, who have prior experience in vestibular rehabilitation and are seeking to refine their clinical evaluation and treatment skills beyond the basics. Therapists who are comfortable with their fundamental skills will find this course helpful at adding more treatment options to successfully treat the complex dizzy patient. Patient diagnoses discussed will include cervical dizziness, atypical BPPV, anxiety, migraine, acoustic neuroma, superior canal dehiscence, conversion disorder and Mal de Debarquement. Focus will be placed on case study applications with careful analysis of history, diagnostic clinical findings and classification of dysfunctions to allow optimal customized treatment protocols. Clinical skills to be taught will include fistula screening, cervicogenic screening, BPPV treatments beyond the posterior canal (anterior/horizontal canals), acoustic neuroma management including exposure to facial rehabilitation techniques, migraine screening and treatments, and identification/management of psychological factors. All testing and treatment protocols presented will be evidence-based and clinically relevant to more effectively manage the dizzy patient. Lectures will intersperse the refining of clinical testing protocols with specific treatment strategies for a wide range of diagnoses. Instruction will be provided via lecture, videotapes, lab breakouts, detailed demonstrations and case studies. Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual giving details of all recommended testing and treatment protocols.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

May 20-21, 2017
Washington, DC
Instructor: Karen Skop, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

This course is a two-day, advanced seminar focusing on balance and vestibular sequellae that may arise following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The cause of concussions can be varied, from sports related injuries, car accidents, falls, to the more unique and complex mTBI sustained by the thousands of returning soldiers from war zone regions. This course is designed to aid in the identification of vestibular and balance deficits following a concussion. The participant will learn what types of diagnoses are most common following a concussion, expected recovery, outcomes and prognosis. We will cover a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, complex cases of BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve damage, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance, exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions. We will discuss current “return to play”. guidelines, their limitations and how balance plays an important role. Case studies will be introduced so that participants will learn to systematically approach the examination, establish a working diagnosis and develop treatment plan and finally exercise prescription. Case studies will include several videos examples, focusing on key features to aid in interpretation of eye movement patterns and developing differential diagnosis from skills learned during lab. This course is organized to build in complexity, through case presentations, guided lab and lectures to allow the learner to have a thorough understanding of how to manage this population without getting overwhelmed! Throughout the course evidence based practice is emphasized. Participants will be able to develop clear, concise treatment regimen, learn how to educate patient, families and coaches on when is the best time to “return to play”. Finally, participants will learn what is known in the literature, what is not known and how you as a health care provider can play a prominent role.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

May 20-21, 2017
Staten Island, NY
Instructor: Jeffrey Walter
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This evidence-based course will train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular disorders. The course will include instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical management, pathology, detailed bedside examination and treatment skills. The material will be presented in a lecture, lab and video case study format. Competence in the performance of a comprehensive office / bedside examination and treatment skills will be addressed in a lab format. The seminar is intended to enhance the clinicians ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of VRT for vestibular disorders. Practical application of VRT to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the management of BPPV variants and vestibular hypofunction. Course Objectives: Perform a detailed bedside vestibular and balance examination Based on patient history and bedside examination, identify the specific features of:

  • Peripheral vestibular disorders
  • Central vestibular disorders
  • Non-vestibular dizziness

 

Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification Workshop

May 24-26, 2017
Largo (Tampa Bay), FL
Instructor: Course Director: Richard Gans, PhD
Contact: 800-245-6442, Email
About the Event

This three-day certification workshop presents rehabilitation and therapy protocols to manage identifiable vestibular and balance system disorders, including cortical and labyrinthine concussion. The content is evidence based to ensure therapists and clinicians produce excellent outcomes.

Includes:

An overview of vestibular anatomy and physiology
Understanding sensory integration of equilibrium
Disorders affecting vestibular function
AccomodationsCortical and Labyrinthine Concussion Differentiation
Interactive Concussion Management Strategies
Extensive training materials for therapy programs
Neurophysiology of Central Compensation 
VRT protocols: adaptation, habituation, and substitution for patient-centered therapy
Pyschogenic factors affecting VRT outcomes
BPPV diagnosis & treatment – Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers with manual training

Comprehensive Workbook includes vestibular exercises, evaluation materials and much more.

Mastering Rehab Solutions for the Complexities of Concussions

June 3-4, 2017
Seattle, WA
Instructor: Elizabeth Grace Georgelos, PT, MS, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This two-day advanced course is designed for physical and occupational therapists, who have prior experience in vestibular rehabilitation and are looking to expand their knowledge and clinical skills in the assessment and intervention of persons with mild traumatic brain injury and concussion. Mild TBI is often in the news related to sports concussion, yet the cause of injury may be one of many possible sources: sports, car accidents, falls, work accidents, combat and other injuries. Specific areas of dysfunction to be explored include BPPV, oculomotor issues, vestibular dysfunction, self-motion and visual motion sensitivity, balance dysfunction, cervical involvement, cervical proprioception abnormalities, and exertional issues along with discussion of treatment strategies to address each problem with review of current evidence supporting best practice. Discussion on how to perform differential diagnosis of all these difficulties and also how to deal with confounding issues such as migraines and light and sound sensitivity will be included.

Additional topics to be examined include return to play protocols and issues, emerging areas of research such as biomarkers and BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) and the important role of therapy in comprehensive concussion management. Patient presentations will be discussed ranging from simple, straight-forward problems to complex and challenging cases with emphasis placed on case study application of actual patients. Lectures will be combined with lab breakout sessions and case study presentations. This course will go beyond the presentation of examination and intervention techniques and will focus on the more advanced skills of developing problem solving and differential diagnosis ability and critical thinking proficiency to better manage even the most challenging patients. All material will reflect the most recent and outcome oriented evidence based information available for the medical and therapeutic management of concussion and mild TBI. 

Post Concussion Syndrome

June 3-4, 2017
Miami, FL
Instructor: Christina Finn
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This course will help clinicians apply the latest research on diagnosis and management of concussion and post concussion syndrome. This course will focus on the latest relevant assessment and treatment strategies for adults and children with prolonged visual, vestibular and sensory complaints as a result of concussion. Effective treatment strategies to improve visual skills, balance and sensory integration for optimal return to all daily tasks will be highlighted. Participants will engage in clinical problem solving via group case analysis and discussion. Age/Patient Population: This course is relevant for therapists working with individuals of all ages including school aged children, young adults, and older adults who may have sustained a concussion as a result of fall, MVA, sports injury, or accident.

Rehab for Vestibular, Balance and Related Symptons: Post-Concussion Syndrome

June 3-4, 2017
Lees' Summit, MO
Instructor: Kim Fox
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Concussion is a common and potential disabling condition that affects people of all ages as a result of trauma sustained in sport, motor vehicle crashes, military service, work and recreational accidents.  This course is designed to aid in the identification of the multifaceted nature of concussion, and will help you effectively treat PCS patients and become part of an effective team approach to recovery. You will learn about clinical trajectories, stages of recovery and predictors of recovery time, differential diagnoses as well as comprehensive treatment techniques.  You will be able to perform an effective evaluation as well as learn about the latest research in assessing and managing PCS to successfully get your patients back to their prior functioning levels. This course builds in extensive LAB time for a hands-on style of learning.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

June 3-4, 2017
Framingham, MA
Instructor: Karen Skop, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

This course is a two-day, advanced seminar focusing on balance and vestibular sequellae that may arise following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The cause of concussions can be varied, from sports related injuries, car accidents, falls, to the more unique and complex mTBI sustained by the thousands of returning soldiers from war zone regions. This course is designed to aid in the identification of vestibular and balance deficits following a concussion. The participant will learn what types of diagnoses are most common following a concussion, expected recovery, outcomes and prognosis. We will cover a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, complex cases of BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve damage, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance, exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions. We will discuss current “return to play”. guidelines, their limitations and how balance plays an important role. Case studies will be introduced so that participants will learn to systematically approach the examination, establish a working diagnosis and develop treatment plan and finally exercise prescription. Case studies will include several videos examples, focusing on key features to aid in interpretation of eye movement patterns and developing differential diagnosis from skills learned during lab. This course is organized to build in complexity, through case presentations, guided lab and lectures to allow the learner to have a thorough understanding of how to manage this population without getting overwhelmed! Throughout the course evidence based practice is emphasized. Participants will be able to develop clear, concise treatment regimen, learn how to educate patient, families and coaches on when is the best time to “return to play”. Finally, participants will learn what is known in the literature, what is not known and how you as a health care provider can play a prominent role.

Vestibular Dysfunction - An Algorithmic-Based Evaluation and Treatment Approach

June 3-4, 2017
Pasadena, CA
Instructor: Barry Morgan, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Each year over 8 million physician and emergency room visits are attributed to complaints of dizziness and imbalance. Symptoms of vestibular disorders can vary greatly from one person to the next and the population range can vary as much as the symptoms. As our population ages many more people will be seeking medical assistance for dizziness and imbalance or injuries due to these complaints. Soldiers returning from combat with post blast or post concussion injuries often have underlying vestibular disorders. Many people cannot explain their symptoms and their complaints can range from light-headedness to being clumsy. The ability for clinicians to perform screening tests for differential diagnosis is critical for the future health and well being of their patients. Only 8% of suspected BBPV patients will have a proper diagnosis prior coming to a therapist. Will you be able to differentiate the symptoms and underlying causes? This two day intermediate course will provide the attending practitioner, intermediate level algorithmic problem solving skills needed to evaluate and treat dizziness and imbalance. A major emphasis will be placed on how to develop differential diagnosis skills when performing a comprehensive evaluation for a variety of vestibular diagnoses. Significant time will also be focusing on developing an effective adaptable progressive plan of care with successful outcomes. A variety of current patient case studies will be thoroughly evaluated to assist with putting all the information together in a practical manner. Integrative hands-on labs are interspersed throughout both days and will allow participants to practice and easily apply evaluation techniques and treatment strategies to their clinical repertoire.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

June 3-4, 2017
Tampa, FL
Instructor: Jeffrey Walter PT, DPT, NCS
Contact: 636-536-0272, Email
About the Event

This evidence-based course will train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular disorders. The course will include instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical management, pathology, detailed bedside examination and treatment skills. The material will be presented in a lecture, lab and video case study format. Competence in the performance of a comprehensive office / bedside examination and treatment skills will be addressed in a lab format. The seminar is intended to enhance the clinician’s ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) for common vestibular disorders. Practical application of VRT to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the identification and management of BPPV variants.

 

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Evaluation and Treatment to Decrease Dizziness and Restore Balance

June 9-10, 2017
Raleigh, NC
Instructor: Brady Whetten, DPT, GCS
About the Event

Dizziness and imbalance are the most common complaint for older adults to their physicians, and individuals with dizziness are 12 times more likely to fall. This is a major problem for our health care system as a whole. While complaints of dizziness increase with age, people of all ages are at risk for developing dizziness and vertigo. Regardless of the treatment population you work with, there is a very strong likelihood that you will come across individuals that complain of dizziness and imbalance. Don’t get caught spinning!! You can make a difference and improve the quality of life for your patients that suffer from these conditions. You can change their brain! The purpose of this course is to equip you with the tools you need to correctly identify and treat common causes of dizziness and imbalance. The focus will be on the peripheral vestibular system, with discussion of differential diagnosis with central vestibular pathologies and non-vestibular causes of dizziness. We will discuss in depth evidence-based outcome measures with the aim of guiding interventions to help patients with dizziness and imbalance reach their optimal potential. Video case studies and lab sessions will be included to facilitate immediate clinical application.

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

June 10-11, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Diane Wrisley, Phd, PT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.

Evidence Based Rehab Techniques for Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Peripheral Neuropathy

June 10-11, 2017
Seattle, WA
Instructor: Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Neuromuscular and central nervous system diseases affect millions of people throughout the United States and worldwide. It is estimated that 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s Disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the more than one million Americans already diagnosed with the disease. Approximately 400,000 people in the US are affected by Multiple Sclerosis and 2.3 million worldwide. Add to these statistics the 2.4 percent of the US population diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.

This two-day intermediate level course provides an in-depth look at the evaluation and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Peripheral Neuropathy. This course provides the most up-to-date information on these neurological conditions.

An in-depth presentation of the clinical research, current common medications, surgical procedures and the effects they can have on rehabilitation are discussed in an interactive format. The scientific and clinical rationale for assessment and treatment strategies at different stages of progression are thoroughly presented. In addition to the comprehensive didactic information presented, this course will encompass a large amount of laboratory time. Innovative techniques, ranging from balance and gait training, yoga, boxing, Pilates and the use of therapeutic equipment will be utilized during lab sessions with the goal of formulating a patient specific progressive treatment program.

Video case study analysis and group discussion for movement dysfunction and gait abnormalities will provide the clinician with the skills necessary to discern the underlying mechanism of pathomechanics and dysfunction.

Vestibular Dysfunction - An Algorithmic-Based Evaluation and Treatment Approach

June 10-11, 2017
Miami, FL
Instructor: Barry Morgan, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Each year over 8 million physician and emergency room visits are attributed to complaints of dizziness and imbalance. Symptoms of vestibular disorders can vary greatly from one person to the next and the population range can vary as much as the symptoms. As our population ages many more people will be seeking medical assistance for dizziness and imbalance or injuries due to these complaints. Soldiers returning from combat with post blast or post concussion injuries often have underlying vestibular disorders. Many people cannot explain their symptoms and their complaints can range from light-headedness to being clumsy. The ability for clinicians to perform screening tests for differential diagnosis is critical for the future health and well being of their patients. Only 8% of suspected BBPV patients will have a proper diagnosis prior coming to a therapist. Will you be able to differentiate the symptoms and underlying causes? This two day intermediate course will provide the attending practitioner, intermediate level algorithmic problem solving skills needed to evaluate and treat dizziness and imbalance. A major emphasis will be placed on how to develop differential diagnosis skills when performing a comprehensive evaluation for a variety of vestibular diagnoses. Significant time will also be focusing on developing an effective adaptable progressive plan of care with successful outcomes. A variety of current patient case studies will be thoroughly evaluated to assist with putting all the information together in a practical manner. Integrative hands-on labs are interspersed throughout both days and will allow participants to practice and easily apply evaluation techniques and treatment strategies to their clinical repertoire. 

Vestibular Rehabilitation

June 10-11, 2017
Orlando, FL
Instructor: Jeffrey Walter PT, DPT, NCS
Contact: 636-536-0272, Email
About the Event

 

This evidence-based course will train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular disorders. The course will include instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical management, pathology, detailed bedside examination and treatment skills. The material will be presented in a lecture, lab and video case study format. Competence in the performance of a comprehensive office / bedside examination and treatment skills will be addressed in a lab format. The seminar is intended to enhance the clinician’s ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) for common vestibular disorders. Practical application of VRT to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the identification and management of BPPV variants.

 

Vestibular, Oculomotor and Balance Rehabilitation: Applying research based principles for proven results!

June 17-18, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Wendy Wood, DPT, GCS
About the Event

Vestibular and balance disorders may result from CVA, trauma, infection, debilitation, congenital conditions and numerous other conditions. Patients are seen in all settings, both orthopedic and neurologic. Vestibular disorders can cause disturbing symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, nausea, anxiety, fatigue, and imbalance. The related impairments can lead to functional limitation and disability. Balance related falls can be devastating, even fatal. Evidence has shown vestibular disorders are frequently not diagnosed or treated properly. Research has demonstrated vestibular and balance rehabilitation to be highly effective. 

Evidence Based Concussion Certification

June 22-23, 2017
Largo (Tampa Bay), FL
Instructor: Course Director: Richard Gans, PhD
Contact: 800-245-6442, Email
About the Event

Nearly 1.7 million people sustain a concussion, a traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in the U.S. each year. Concussion may affect male and female athletes at any age or level of competition. The implications of concussion on cognitive function, school performance, and mental state can be detrimental to any athlete. This Program will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of all aspects of concussion identification, assessment, therapies and return to play processes resulting in Two Year Certification upon successful completion of an examination.

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

June 24-25, 2017
Chicago, IL
Instructor: Diane Wrisley, Phd, PT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.

An Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation

July 15-16, 2017
Sacramento, CA
Instructor: Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA
Contact: 800-210-5856, Email
About the Event

This class focuses on providing an excellent framework for the clinician to effectively treat vestibular disorders. Like all of our courses, this vestibular physical therapy continuing education course focuses on teaching clinicians to actually treat disorders in this rapidly expanding area. One of the strengths of this course is that it applies to clinicians without any vestibular experience, providing ample tools to treat vestibular disorders, while still maintaining the interest and expanding the capabilities of clinicians more experienced in the field of Vestibular Rehabilitation. BPPV is covered at great length in this course.

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Management of Individuals with Dizziness and Balance Disorders

July 22-23, 2017
Somerville, NJ
Instructor: Richard Clendaniel
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Symptoms of dizziness are the number 3 reason individuals over the age of 65 seek medical attention. It becomes the number 1 reason for seeking care in individuals over the age of 70. Medical or surgical management is often not indicated or helpful, but many of these individuals do benefit from vestibular rehabilitation techniques. In addition, 50% of the individuals over the age of 65 with dizziness will develop a particular form of vertigo that can be alleviated with one simple therapy treatment. These individuals with vertigo and dysequilibrium represent a large patient population for physical and occupational therapy.

This course willfocus on the assessment and treatment of patients with vertigo and disequilibrium from vestibular causes. Specific emphasis will be placed on the assessment and treatment of unilateral and bilateral vestibular hypofunction, benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo, central vestibular disorders, and multisensory dizziness. This information is applicable to a large patient population including geriatric patients as well as individuals with CNS lesions such as multiple sclerosis, CVA, and head injury.

 

Innovative Vestibular and Visual Solutions for the Sensory Motor Pediatric Therapist ...What do I do now?

July 28-29, 2017
Chicago, IL
Instructor: Kendra Worley, MOT, LOT
About the Event

This course is designed to give pediatric PT’s and OT’s strategies to improve treatment outcomes. These outcomes include: increased postural stability, ROM, attention, social interactions, visual motor coordination, fine motor and gross motor skills. This two-day, intermediate-level course will explore sensory integration and the theory of functional disconnect syndrome, along with ways to incorporate these theories into your treatment sessions. 
The following questions will be answered: “How do you determine if it is a sensory processing deficit or a behavioral issue?” and “How do you help a child who “W” sits? Participants will gain knowledge on how to be more objective in the effectiveness of the treatment strategies they use. Multiple in-depth case studies will be used to walk therapists through a progression of therapy strategies used with each child. Strategies on how to provide visual and vestibular stimulation with high muscle tone vs. low muscle tone kids will be presented. Strategies on how to incorporate reflex integration exercises to improve developmental outcomes will also be demonstrated. 
This course will include lecture, discussion, and case studies including several videos of treatment sessions. In addition, hands-on lab time and demonstration sessions will be incorporated to allow time for practice of therapy strategies. Therapists from a variety of settings including home health, school, clinics and hospitals would benefit from this course. (INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)

Treating Balance and Preventing Falls, in Geriatric, Neuro, Vestibular and Medically Complex Clients

July 28-29, 2017
Durham, NC
Instructor: Kim Fox
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This course is highly informative and will get you thinking about balance in a whole new light to make balance training effective and fun for you and your patients! You will learn how to isolate balance deficits in processing and motor output, screen for basic vestibular involvement, including BPPV, objectively identify fall risk, implement modifications to reduce fall risk, discover your creative side to developing effective treatment strategies, tailor exercises to meet the needs of your patients physical abilities in any setting and understand how to teach safe falling techniques, to name a few.  You will also learn about frequently missed components to a successful treatment program.

An Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation

July 29-30, 2017
Salem, OR
Instructor: Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA
Contact: 800-210-5856, Email
About the Event

This class focuses on providing an excellent framework for the clinician to effectively treat vestibular disorders. Like all of our courses, this vestibular physical therapy continuing education course focuses on teaching clinicians to actually treat disorders in this rapidly expanding area. One of the strengths of this course is that it applies to clinicians without any vestibular experience, providing ample tools to treat vestibular disorders, while still maintaining the interest and expanding the capabilities of clinicians more experienced in the field of Vestibular Rehabilitation. BPPV is covered at great length in this course.

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Treatment of Dizziness and Balance

July 29-30, 2017
Chicago, IL
Instructor: Jeffrey Walter
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This evidence-based course will train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular disorders. The course will include instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical management, pathology, detailed bedside examination and treatment skills. The material will be presented in a lecture, lab and video case study format. Competence in the performance of a comprehensive office / bedside examination and treatment skills will be addressed in a lab format. The seminar is intended to enhance the clinicians ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of VRT for vestibular disorders. Practical application of VRT to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the management of BPPV variants and vestibular hypofunction. 

Vestibular, Oculomotor and Balance Rehabilitation: Applying research based principles for proven results!

August 5-6, 2017
San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Wendy Wood, DPT, GCS
About the Event

Vestibular and balance disorders may result from CVA, trauma, infection, debilitation, congenital conditions and numerous other conditions. Patients are seen in all settings, both orthopedic and neurologic. Vestibular disorders can cause disturbing symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, nausea, anxiety, fatigue, and imbalance. The related impairments can lead to functional limitation and disability. Balance related falls can be devastating, even fatal. Evidence has shown vestibular disorders are frequently not diagnosed or treated properly. Research has demonstrated vestibular and balance rehabilitation to be highly effective. 

Vestibular Rehabilitation

August 11-12, 2017
Greenwood, SC
Instructor: Jeffrey Walter PT, DPT, NCS
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This evidence-based course will train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular disorders. The course will include instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical management, pathology, detailed bedside examination and treatment skills. The material will be presented in a lecture, lab and video case study format. Competence in the performance of a comprehensive office / bedside examination and treatment skills will be addressed in a lab format. The seminar is intended to enhance the clinicians ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of VRT for vestibular disorders. Practical application of VRT to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the management of BPPV variants and vestibular hypofunction.

An Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation

August 26-27, 2017
Seattle, WA
Instructor: Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA
Contact: 800-210-5856, Email
About the Event

This class focuses on providing an excellent framework for the clinician to effectively treat vestibular disorders. Like all of our courses, this vestibular physical therapy continuing education course focuses on teaching clinicians to actually treat disorders in this rapidly expanding area. One of the strengths of this course is that it applies to clinicians without any vestibular experience, providing ample tools to treat vestibular disorders, while still maintaining the interest and expanding the capabilities of clinicians more experienced in the field of Vestibular Rehabilitation. BPPV is covered at great length in this course.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

August 26-27, 2017
Decatur, GA
Instructor: Karen Skop, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This course is a two-day, advanced seminar focusing on balance and vestibular sequellae that may arise following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The cause of concussions can be varied, from sports related injuries, car accidents, falls, to the more unique and complex mTBI sustained by the thousands of returning soldiers from war zone regions. This course is designed to aid in the identification of vestibular and balance deficits following a concussion. The participant will learn what types of diagnoses are most common following a concussion, expected recovery, outcomes and prognosis. We will cover a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, complex cases of BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve damage, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance, exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions. We will discuss current “return to play”. guidelines, their limitations and how balance plays an important role. Case studies will be introduced so that participants will learn to systematically approach the examination, establish a working diagnosis and develop treatment plan and finally exercise prescription. Case studies will include several videos examples, focusing on key features to aid in interpretation of eye movement patterns and developing differential diagnosis from skills learned during lab. This course is organized to build in complexity, through case presentations, guided lab and lectures to allow the learner to have a thorough understanding of how to manage this population without getting overwhelmed! Throughout the course evidence based practice is emphasized. Participants will be able to develop clear, concise treatment regimen, learn how to educate patient, families and coaches on when is the best time to “return to play”. Finally, participants will learn what is known in the literature, what is not known and how you as a health care provider can play a prominent role.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

September 15-16, 2017
Wichita, KS
Instructor: Jeffrey Walter
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This evidence-based course will train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular disorders. The course will include instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical management, pathology, detailed bedside examination and treatment skills. The material will be presented in a lecture, lab and video case study format. Competence in the performance of a comprehensive office / bedside examination and treatment skills will be addressed in a lab format. The seminar is intended to enhance the clinicians ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of VRT for vestibular disorders. Practical application of VRT to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the management of BPPV variants and vestibular hypofunction. Course Objectives: Perform a detailed bedside vestibular and balance examination Based on patient history and bedside examination, identify the specific features of:

  • Peripheral vestibular disorders
  • Central vestibular disorders
  • Non-vestibular dizziness

 

Optimizing Functional Mobility in the Older Adult

September 16-17, 2017
Miami, FL
Instructor: Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

As the population ages, there is a continual growing need for physical and occupational therapists and other health care providers to develop comprehensive solutions to maximize mobility and achieve postitive functional outcomes. This intermediate level course will utilize the best evidence based research in examination and treatment techniques for older adults and apply them to results driven clinical practices. This course will teach clinicians how to perform a comprehensive examination of older adults with orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiopulmonary diagnoses as well as other pathologies with an emphasis on integrating findings into the development of the plan of care. A variety of tests and interventions will be practiced in labs to allow participants the opportunity to practice the concepts discussed during lectures, such as appropriate strength training for older adults and treatment of vestibular disorders. Since vestibular disorders may be missed in older adults, identification and treatment of vestibular impairment is vital to successful outcomes in this population to prevent further injury and to establish a successful path toward functional mobility. This course will also include implications of other diagnoses common to older adults such as diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, hip fracture, and several other diagnoses. Case studies will be used for participants to practice problem solving and clinical decision making in older adults. The information in this course can be adapted for all practice settings including acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities/subacute, outpatient, and home care. This evidence based course will incorporate current and relevant information to develop an individualized treatment plan to improve functional outcomes in your patients. A comprehensive manual will supplement the didactic and lab portions of the course.

Spinning Beyond Basics - An Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Course

September 16-17, 2017
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Instructor: Janene Holmberg, DPT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

This two-day advanced course is designed for physical or occupational therapists, who have prior experience in vestibular rehabilitation and are seeking to refine their clinical evaluation and treatment skills beyond the basics. Therapists who are comfortable with their fundamental skills will find this course helpful at adding more treatment options to successfully treat the complex dizzy patient. Patient diagnoses discussed will include cervical dizziness, atypical BPPV, anxiety, migraine, acoustic neuroma, superior canal dehiscence, conversion disorder and Mal de Debarquement. Focus will be placed on case study applications with careful analysis of history, diagnostic clinical findings and classification of dysfunctions to allow optimal customized treatment protocols. Clinical skills to be taught will include fistula screening, cervicogenic screening, BPPV treatments beyond the posterior canal (anterior/horizontal canals), acoustic neuroma management including exposure to facial rehabilitation techniques, migraine screening and treatments, and identification/management of psychological factors. All testing and treatment protocols presented will be evidence-based and clinically relevant to more effectively manage the dizzy patient. Lectures will intersperse the refining of clinical testing protocols with specific treatment strategies for a wide range of diagnoses. Instruction will be provided via lecture, videotapes, lab breakouts, detailed demonstrations and case studies. Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual giving details of all recommended testing and treatment protocols.

Vestibular Dysfunction - An Algorithmic-Based Evaluation and Treatment Approach

September 16-17, 2017
Stamford, CT
Instructor: Barry Morgan, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Each year over 8 million physician and emergency room visits are attributed to complaints of dizziness and imbalance. Symptoms of vestibular disorders can vary greatly from one person to the next and the population range can vary as much as the symptoms. As our population ages many more people will be seeking medical assistance for dizziness and imbalance or injuries due to these complaints. Soldiers returning from combat with post blast or post concussion injuries often have underlying vestibular disorders. Many people cannot explain their symptoms and their complaints can range from light-headedness to being clumsy. The ability for clinicians to perform screening tests for differential diagnosis is critical for the future health and well being of their patients. Only 8% of suspected BBPV patients will have a proper diagnosis prior coming to a therapist. Will you be able to differentiate the symptoms and underlying causes? This two day intermediate course will provide the attending practitioner, intermediate level algorithmic problem solving skills needed to evaluate and treat dizziness and imbalance. A major emphasis will be placed on how to develop differential diagnosis skills when performing a comprehensive evaluation for a variety of vestibular diagnoses. Significant time will also be focusing on developing an effective adaptable progressive plan of care with successful outcomes. A variety of current patient case studies will be thoroughly evaluated to assist with putting all the information together in a practical manner. Integrative hands-on labs are interspersed throughout both days and will allow participants to practice and easily apply evaluation techniques and treatment strategies to their clinical repertoire. 

Vestibular Integration Strategies One Day Live Course Combined with an Online DVD Home Study

September 16-17, 2017
Worcester, MA
Instructor: Barry Morgan, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This one day intermediate level course blends homestudy training from a professionally filmed and mastered DVD with online access face to face interactive instruction including hands on lab sessions. The course has been carefully designed to maximize the learning experience by combining the self-paced online/DVD home study material with a focused hands-on training session in the classroom.

This course will provide the practitioner algorithmic problem solving skills needed to evaluate and treat dizziness and imbalance. A major emphasis will be placed on how to develop differential diagnosis skills when performing a comprehensive evaluation for a variety of vestibular diagnoses. Significant time will also be focused on developing an effective adaptable progressive plan of care with successful outcomes. A variety of current patient case studies will be thoroughly evaluated to assist with putting all the information together in a practical manner. Extensive time is provided for the evidence based reasoning behind the utilization of specific evaluation and treatment techniques, in additon to hands on laboratory sessions to master the ability to perform each evaluation and treatment technique.

Integrative hands-on labs are interspersed throughout the day and will allow participants to practice and easily apply evaluation techniques and treatment strategies to their clinical practice with these populations. This course will prepare the clinician to evaluate and treat with minimal equipment.

 

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Management of Individuals with Dizziness and Balance Disorders

September 16-17, 2017
Burlington, WI
Instructor: Richard Clendaniel
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Symptoms of dizziness are the number 3 reason individuals over the age of 65 seek medical attention. It becomes the number 1 reason for seeking care in individuals over the age of 70. Medical or surgical management is often not indicated or helpful, but many of these individuals do benefit from vestibular rehabilitation techniques. In addition, 50% of the individuals over the age of 65 with dizziness will develop a particular form of vertigo that can be alleviated with one simple therapy treatment. These individuals with vertigo and dysequilibrium represent a large patient population for physical and occupational therapy.

This course willfocus on the assessment and treatment of patients with vertigo and disequilibrium from vestibular causes. Specific emphasis will be placed on the assessment and treatment of unilateral and bilateral vestibular hypofunction, benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo, central vestibular disorders, and multisensory dizziness. This information is applicable to a large patient population including geriatric patients as well as individuals with CNS lesions such as multiple sclerosis, CVA, and head injury.

 

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

September 23-24, 2017
Portland, OR
Instructor: Diane Wrisley, Phd, PT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.

Evidence Based Rehab Techniques for Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Peripheral Neuropathy

September 23-24, 2017
Freehold, NJ
Instructor: Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Neuromuscular and central nervous system diseases affect millions of people throughout the United States and worldwide. It is estimated that 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s Disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the more than one million Americans already diagnosed with the disease. Approximately 400,000 people in the US are affected by Multiple Sclerosis and 2.3 million worldwide. Add to these statistics the 2.4 percent of the US population diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.

This two-day intermediate level course provides an in-depth look at the evaluation and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Peripheral Neuropathy. This course provides the most up-to-date information on these neurological conditions.

An in-depth presentation of the clinical research, current common medications, surgical procedures and the effects they can have on rehabilitation are discussed in an interactive format. The scientific and clinical rationale for assessment and treatment strategies at different stages of progression are thoroughly presented. In addition to the comprehensive didactic information presented, this course will encompass a large amount of laboratory time. Innovative techniques, ranging from balance and gait training, yoga, boxing, Pilates and the use of therapeutic equipment will be utilized during lab sessions with the goal of formulating a patient specific progressive treatment program.

Video case study analysis and group discussion for movement dysfunction and gait abnormalities will provide the clinician with the skills necessary to discern the underlying mechanism of pathomechanics and dysfunction.

Vestibular Rehabilitation - A Comprehensive Clinical Approach for Positive Functional Outcomes

September 23-24, 2017
Renton, WA
Instructor: Georgia Groomer, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This two-day intermediate level course provides the fundamentals for evaluating and treating vestibular dysfunction. A basic overview of vestibular function and anatomy as well as central nervous system interaction is provided. Hands-on laboratory sessions enhance the clinicians ability to properly perform testing techniques for vestibular disorders. Quite often the -missing link- in the management of a clients complaints lies within the weakness of the vestibular system. A thorough understanding of underlying disorders assist the clinician in developing effective treatment and exercise programs to decrease symptoms and enhance balance and functional ability. Options and considerations for creating treatment plans and long-term care management strategies are thoroughly discussed.

The treatment ideas presented in this course can be applied to patients with vestibular disorders as well as to patients with limitations in balance or sensory integration. Clinicians will be able to immediately apply this information in the clinical setting.

This course is offered to physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. An extensive laboratory component is designed to provide clinicians with skills required for the treatment of their balance and vestibular patients. 

Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation

September 24-26, 2017
Sydney, Australia
Instructor: Susan Herdman, Rick Clendaniel, Courtney Hall, et al
Contact: +61 8 93601334, Email
About the Event

A Competency Renewal Course (eligible only if successfully passed the Basic course)

Basic Vestibular Rehabilitation - A Competency-Based Course

September 25-30, 2017
Sydney, Australia
Instructor: Profs Susan Herdman, Rick Clendaniel & Faculty
About the Event

The Vestibular Rehabilitation Program consists of a six-day Basic Vestibular Rehabilitation Course and a three-day Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation. The courses are delivered by a faculty of international presenters and are only available every 2–3 years in Australia.

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

September 30 - October 1, 2017
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Instructor: Diane Wrisley, Phd, PT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

September 30 - October 1, 2017
Hummelstown, PA
Instructor: Diane Wrisley, PhD, PT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.

Optimizing Functional Mobility in the Older Adult

September 30 - October 1, 2017
Stamford, CT
Instructor: Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

As the population ages, there is a continual growing need for physical and occupational therapists and other health care providers to develop comprehensive solutions to maximize mobility and achieve postitive functional outcomes. This intermediate level course will utilize the best evidence based research in examination and treatment techniques for older adults and apply them to results driven clinical practices. This course will teach clinicians how to perform a comprehensive examination of older adults with orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiopulmonary diagnoses as well as other pathologies with an emphasis on integrating findings into the development of the plan of care. A variety of tests and interventions will be practiced in labs to allow participants the opportunity to practice the concepts discussed during lectures, such as appropriate strength training for older adults and treatment of vestibular disorders. Since vestibular disorders may be missed in older adults, identification and treatment of vestibular impairment is vital to successful outcomes in this population to prevent further injury and to establish a successful path toward functional mobility. This course will also include implications of other diagnoses common to older adults such as diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, hip fracture, and several other diagnoses. Case studies will be used for participants to practice problem solving and clinical decision making in older adults. The information in this course can be adapted for all practice settings including acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities/subacute, outpatient, and home care. This evidence based course will incorporate current and relevant information to develop an individualized treatment plan to improve functional outcomes in your patients. A comprehensive manual will supplement the didactic and lab portions of the course.

Vestibular Dysfunction - An Algorithmic-Based Evaluation and Treatment Approach

September 30 - October 1, 2017
Franklin, TN
Instructor: Barry Morgan, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Each year over 8 million physician and emergency room visits are attributed to complaints of dizziness and imbalance. Symptoms of vestibular disorders can vary greatly from one person to the next and the population range can vary as much as the symptoms. As our population ages many more people will be seeking medical assistance for dizziness and imbalance or injuries due to these complaints. Soldiers returning from combat with post blast or post concussion injuries often have underlying vestibular disorders. Many people cannot explain their symptoms and their complaints can range from light-headedness to being clumsy. The ability for clinicians to perform screening tests for differential diagnosis is critical for the future health and well being of their patients. Only 8% of suspected BBPV patients will have a proper diagnosis prior coming to a therapist. Will you be able to differentiate the symptoms and underlying causes? This two day intermediate course will provide the attending practitioner, intermediate level algorithmic problem solving skills needed to evaluate and treat dizziness and imbalance. A major emphasis will be placed on how to develop differential diagnosis skills when performing a comprehensive evaluation for a variety of vestibular diagnoses. Significant time will also be focusing on developing an effective adaptable progressive plan of care with successful outcomes. A variety of current patient case studies will be thoroughly evaluated to assist with putting all the information together in a practical manner. Integrative hands-on labs are interspersed throughout both days and will allow participants to practice and easily apply evaluation techniques and treatment strategies to their clinical repertoire. This course will prepare the clinician to evaluate and treat with minimal equipment. However, current market availability of equipment and the correct utilization of advanced technology will be discussed. 

Geriatric Neurology in the Medically Complex Client

October 6-7, 2017
Washington, DC
Instructor: Jennifer Bottomley
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Learn evaluation and treatment protocols most appropriate for medically complex older persons with neurological dysfunction. This course will focus on clinical decision making to prioritize key exam findings and develop appropriate treatment strategies in light of complex presentations and co-morbidities. Modifying functional mobility training and therapeutic exercise will be discussed.

Evidence-based information on specific neurological assessment and treatment of older clients with Parkinsons Disease, Stroke, Alzheimers Disease, balance and gait disorders, neuro-sensory pathologies, and pain problems will be provided. An evaluative model for looking at neurological dysfunction from a complex medical perspective across the spectrum of care will be addressed. The major pathologies that will be highlighted include Parkinsons disease, Cerebral Vascular Accidents, and the neurological manifestations of Alzheimers disease. A focus on balance and falls, functional mobility, evaluation of numerous causes of dizziness and physical changes, and treatment interventions aimed at decreasing the incidence of falls will also be included.

 

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

October 7-8, 2017
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Instructor: Karen Skop, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This course is a two-day, advanced seminar focusing on balance and vestibular sequellae that may arise following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The cause of concussions can be varied, from sports related injuries, car accidents, falls, to the more unique and complex mTBI sustained by the thousands of returning soldiers from war zone regions. This course is designed to aid in the identification of vestibular and balance deficits following a concussion. The participant will learn what types of diagnoses are most common following a concussion, expected recovery, outcomes and prognosis. We will cover a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, complex cases of BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve damage, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance, exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions. We will discuss current “return to play”. guidelines, their limitations and how balance plays an important role. Case studies will be introduced so that participants will learn to systematically approach the examination, establish a working diagnosis and develop treatment plan and finally exercise prescription. Case studies will include several videos examples, focusing on key features to aid in interpretation of eye movement patterns and developing differential diagnosis from skills learned during lab. This course is organized to build in complexity, through case presentations, guided lab and lectures to allow the learner to have a thorough understanding of how to manage this population without getting overwhelmed! Throughout the course evidence based practice is emphasized. Participants will be able to develop clear, concise treatment regimen, learn how to educate patient, families and coaches on when is the best time to “return to play”. Finally, participants will learn what is known in the literature, what is not known and how you as a health care provider can play a prominent role.

Evidence Based Rehab Techniques for Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Peripheral Neuropathy

October 14-15, 2017
Washington, DC
Instructor: Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Neuromuscular and central nervous system diseases affect millions of people throughout the United States and worldwide. It is estimated that 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s Disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the more than one million Americans already diagnosed with the disease. Approximately 400,000 people in the US are affected by Multiple Sclerosis and 2.3 million worldwide. Add to these statistics the 2.4 percent of the US population diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.

This two-day intermediate level course provides an in-depth look at the evaluation and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Peripheral Neuropathy. This course provides the most up-to-date information on these neurological conditions.

An in-depth presentation of the clinical research, current common medications, surgical procedures and the effects they can have on rehabilitation are discussed in an interactive format. The scientific and clinical rationale for assessment and treatment strategies at different stages of progression are thoroughly presented. In addition to the comprehensive didactic information presented, this course will encompass a large amount of laboratory time. Innovative techniques, ranging from balance and gait training, yoga, boxing, Pilates and the use of therapeutic equipment will be utilized during lab sessions with the goal of formulating a patient specific progressive treatment program.

Video case study analysis and group discussion for movement dysfunction and gait abnormalities will provide the clinician with the skills necessary to discern the underlying mechanism of pathomechanics and dysfunction.

Vestibular Rehabilitation - A Comprehensive Clinical Approach for Positive Functional Outcomes

October 14-15, 2017
San Ramon, CA
Instructor: Georgia Groomer, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This two-day intermediate level course provides the fundamentals for evaluating and treating vestibular dysfunction. A basic overview of vestibular function and anatomy as well as central nervous system interaction is provided. Hands-on laboratory sessions enhance the clinicians ability to properly perform testing techniques for vestibular disorders. Quite often the -missing link- in the management of a clients complaints lies within the weakness of the vestibular system. A thorough understanding of underlying disorders assist the clinician in developing effective treatment and exercise programs to decrease symptoms and enhance balance and functional ability. Options and considerations for creating treatment plans and long-term care management strategies are thoroughly discussed.

The treatment ideas presented in this course can be applied to patients with vestibular disorders as well as to patients with limitations in balance or sensory integration. Clinicians will be able to immediately apply this information in the clinical setting.

This course is offered to physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. An extensive laboratory component is designed to provide clinicians with skills required for the treatment of their balance and vestibular patients. 

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Management of Individuals with Dizziness and Balance Disorders

October 14-15, 2017
San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Richard Clendaniel
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Symptoms of dizziness are the number 3 reason individuals over the age of 65 seek medical attention. It becomes the number 1 reason for seeking care in individuals over the age of 70. Medical or surgical management is often not indicated or helpful, but many of these individuals do benefit from vestibular rehabilitation techniques. In addition, 50% of the individuals over the age of 65 with dizziness will develop a particular form of vertigo that can be alleviated with one simple therapy treatment. These individuals with vertigo and dysequilibrium represent a large patient population for physical and occupational therapy.

This course willfocus on the assessment and treatment of patients with vertigo and disequilibrium from vestibular causes. Specific emphasis will be placed on the assessment and treatment of unilateral and bilateral vestibular hypofunction, benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo, central vestibular disorders, and multisensory dizziness. This information is applicable to a large patient population including geriatric patients as well as individuals with CNS lesions such as multiple sclerosis, CVA, and head injury.

 

Vestibular, Oculomotor and Balance Rehabilitation: Applying research based principles for proven results!

October 14-15, 2017
Houston, TX
Instructor: Wendy Wood, DPT, GCS
About the Event

Vestibular and balance disorders may result from CVA, trauma, infection, debilitation, congenital conditions and numerous other conditions. Patients are seen in all settings, both orthopedic and neurologic. Vestibular disorders can cause disturbing symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, nausea, anxiety, fatigue, and imbalance. The related impairments can lead to functional limitation and disability. Balance related falls can be devastating, even fatal. Evidence has shown vestibular disorders are frequently not diagnosed or treated properly. Research has demonstrated vestibular and balance rehabilitation to be highly effective. 

Rehab for Vestibular, Balance and Related Symptons: Post-Concussion Syndrome

October 20-21, 2017
Johns Creek, GA
Instructor: Kim Fox
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Concussion is a common and potential disabling condition that affects people of all ages as a result of trauma sustained in sport, motor vehicle crashes, military service, work and recreational accidents.  This course is designed to aid in the identification of the multifaceted nature of concussion, and will help you effectively treat PCS patients and become part of an effective team approach to recovery. You will learn about clinical trajectories, stages of recovery and predictors of recovery time, differential diagnoses as well as comprehensive treatment techniques.  You will be able to perform an effective evaluation as well as learn about the latest research in assessing and managing PCS to successfully get your patients back to their prior functioning levels. This course builds in extensive LAB time for a hands-on style of learning.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

October 21-22, 2017
Seattle, WA
Instructor: Karen Skop, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This course is a two-day, advanced seminar focusing on balance and vestibular sequellae that may arise following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The cause of concussions can be varied, from sports related injuries, car accidents, falls, to the more unique and complex mTBI sustained by the thousands of returning soldiers from war zone regions. This course is designed to aid in the identification of vestibular and balance deficits following a concussion. The participant will learn what types of diagnoses are most common following a concussion, expected recovery, outcomes and prognosis. We will cover a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, complex cases of BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve damage, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance, exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions. We will discuss current “return to play”. guidelines, their limitations and how balance plays an important role. Case studies will be introduced so that participants will learn to systematically approach the examination, establish a working diagnosis and develop treatment plan and finally exercise prescription. Case studies will include several videos examples, focusing on key features to aid in interpretation of eye movement patterns and developing differential diagnosis from skills learned during lab. This course is organized to build in complexity, through case presentations, guided lab and lectures to allow the learner to have a thorough understanding of how to manage this population without getting overwhelmed! Throughout the course evidence based practice is emphasized. Participants will be able to develop clear, concise treatment regimen, learn how to educate patient, families and coaches on when is the best time to “return to play”. Finally, participants will learn what is known in the literature, what is not known and how you as a health care provider can play a prominent role.

 

Vestibular Rehabilitation

October 28-29, 2017
Kissimmee (Orlando Area), FL
Instructor: Jeffrey Walter PT, DPT, NCS
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This evidence-based course will train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular disorders. The course will include instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical management, pathology, detailed bedside examination and treatment skills. The material will be presented in a lecture, lab and video case study format. Competence in the performance of a comprehensive office / bedside examination and treatment skills will be addressed in a lab format. The seminar is intended to enhance the clinicians ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of VRT for vestibular disorders. Practical application of VRT to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the management of BPPV variants and vestibular hypofunction.

An Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation

November 4-5, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA
Contact: 800-210-5856, Email
About the Event

This class focuses on providing an excellent framework for the clinician to effectively treat vestibular disorders. Like all of our courses, this vestibular physical therapy continuing education course focuses on teaching clinicians to actually treat disorders in this rapidly expanding area. One of the strengths of this course is that it applies to clinicians without any vestibular experience, providing ample tools to treat vestibular disorders, while still maintaining the interest and expanding the capabilities of clinicians more experienced in the field of Vestibular Rehabilitation. BPPV is covered at great length in this course.

Geriatric Neurology in the Medically Complex Client

November 4-5, 2017
Detroit, MI
Instructor: Jennifer Bottomley
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Learn evaluation and treatment protocols most appropriate for medically complex older persons with neurological dysfunction. This course will focus on clinical decision making to prioritize key exam findings and develop appropriate treatment strategies in light of complex presentations and co-morbidities. Modifying functional mobility training and therapeutic exercise will be discussed.

Evidence-based information on specific neurological assessment and treatment of older clients with Parkinsons Disease, Stroke, Alzheimers Disease, balance and gait disorders, neuro-sensory pathologies, and pain problems will be provided. An evaluative model for looking at neurological dysfunction from a complex medical perspective across the spectrum of care will be addressed. The major pathologies that will be highlighted include Parkinsons disease, Cerebral Vascular Accidents, and the neurological manifestations of Alzheimers disease. A focus on balance and falls, functional mobility, evaluation of numerous causes of dizziness and physical changes, and treatment interventions aimed at decreasing the incidence of falls will also be included.

 

Spinning Beyond Basics - An Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Course

November 4-5, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Janene Holmberg, DPT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

This two-day advanced course is designed for physical or occupational therapists, who have prior experience in vestibular rehabilitation and are seeking to refine their clinical evaluation and treatment skills beyond the basics. Therapists who are comfortable with their fundamental skills will find this course helpful at adding more treatment options to successfully treat the complex dizzy patient. Patient diagnoses discussed will include cervical dizziness, atypical BPPV, anxiety, migraine, acoustic neuroma, superior canal dehiscence, conversion disorder and Mal de Debarquement. Focus will be placed on case study applications with careful analysis of history, diagnostic clinical findings and classification of dysfunctions to allow optimal customized treatment protocols. Clinical skills to be taught will include fistula screening, cervicogenic screening, BPPV treatments beyond the posterior canal (anterior/horizontal canals), acoustic neuroma management including exposure to facial rehabilitation techniques, migraine screening and treatments, and identification/management of psychological factors. All testing and treatment protocols presented will be evidence-based and clinically relevant to more effectively manage the dizzy patient. Lectures will intersperse the refining of clinical testing protocols with specific treatment strategies for a wide range of diagnoses. Instruction will be provided via lecture, videotapes, lab breakouts, detailed demonstrations and case studies. Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual giving details of all recommended testing and treatment protocols.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

November 4-5, 2017
Mission Viejo, CA
Instructor: Karen Skop, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This course is a two-day, advanced seminar focusing on balance and vestibular sequellae that may arise following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The cause of concussions can be varied, from sports related injuries, car accidents, falls, to the more unique and complex mTBI sustained by the thousands of returning soldiers from war zone regions. This course is designed to aid in the identification of vestibular and balance deficits following a concussion. The participant will learn what types of diagnoses are most common following a concussion, expected recovery, outcomes and prognosis. We will cover a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, complex cases of BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve damage, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance, exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions. We will discuss current “return to play”. guidelines, their limitations and how balance plays an important role. Case studies will be introduced so that participants will learn to systematically approach the examination, establish a working diagnosis and develop treatment plan and finally exercise prescription. Case studies will include several videos examples, focusing on key features to aid in interpretation of eye movement patterns and developing differential diagnosis from skills learned during lab. This course is organized to build in complexity, through case presentations, guided lab and lectures to allow the learner to have a thorough understanding of how to manage this population without getting overwhelmed! Throughout the course evidence based practice is emphasized. Participants will be able to develop clear, concise treatment regimen, learn how to educate patient, families and coaches on when is the best time to “return to play”. Finally, participants will learn what is known in the literature, what is not known and how you as a health care provider can play a prominent role.

Innovative Vestibular and Visual Solutions for the Sensory Motor Pediatric Therapist ...What do I do now?

November 10-11, 2017
Houston, TX
Instructor: Kendra Worley, MOT, LOT
About the Event

This course is designed to give pediatric PT’s and OT’s strategies to improve treatment outcomes. These outcomes include: increased postural stability, ROM, attention, social interactions, visual motor coordination, fine motor and gross motor skills. This two-day, intermediate-level course will explore sensory integration and the theory of functional disconnect syndrome, along with ways to incorporate these theories into your treatment sessions. 
The following questions will be answered: “How do you determine if it is a sensory processing deficit or a behavioral issue?” and “How do you help a child who “W” sits? Participants will gain knowledge on how to be more objective in the effectiveness of the treatment strategies they use. Multiple in-depth case studies will be used to walk therapists through a progression of therapy strategies used with each child. Strategies on how to provide visual and vestibular stimulation with high muscle tone vs. low muscle tone kids will be presented. Strategies on how to incorporate reflex integration exercises to improve developmental outcomes will also be demonstrated. 
This course will include lecture, discussion, and case studies including several videos of treatment sessions. In addition, hands-on lab time and demonstration sessions will be incorporated to allow time for practice of therapy strategies. Therapists from a variety of settings including home health, school, clinics and hospitals would benefit from this course. (INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

November 11-12, 2017
Pasadena, CA
Instructor: Diane Wrisley, Phd, PT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.

Mastering Rehab Solutions for the Complexities of Concussions

November 11-12, 2017
Kenosha, WI
Instructor: Elizabeth Grace Georgelos, PT, MS, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This two-day advanced course is designed for physical and occupational therapists, who have prior experience in vestibular rehabilitation and are looking to expand their knowledge and clinical skills in the assessment and intervention of persons with mild traumatic brain injury and concussion. Mild TBI is often in the news related to sports concussion, yet the cause of injury may be one of many possible sources: sports, car accidents, falls, work accidents, combat and other injuries. Specific areas of dysfunction to be explored include BPPV, oculomotor issues, vestibular dysfunction, self-motion and visual motion sensitivity, balance dysfunction, cervical involvement, cervical proprioception abnormalities, and exertional issues along with discussion of treatment strategies to address each problem with review of current evidence supporting best practice. Discussion on how to perform differential diagnosis of all these difficulties and also how to deal with confounding issues such as migraines and light and sound sensitivity will be included.

 

Vestibular Rehabilitation - A Comprehensive Clinical Approach for Positive Functional Outcomes

November 11-12, 2017
Chicago, IL
Instructor: Georgia Groomer, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This two-day intermediate level course provides the fundamentals for evaluating and treating vestibular dysfunction. A basic overview of vestibular function and anatomy as well as central nervous system interaction is provided. Hands-on laboratory sessions enhance the clinicians ability to properly perform testing techniques for vestibular disorders. Quite often the -missing link- in the management of a clients complaints lies within the weakness of the vestibular system. A thorough understanding of underlying disorders assist the clinician in developing effective treatment and exercise programs to decrease symptoms and enhance balance and functional ability. Options and considerations for creating treatment plans and long-term care management strategies are thoroughly discussed.

Vestibular Rehabilitation - A Comprehensive Clinical Approach for Positive Functional Outcomes

November 11-12, 2017
Chicago, IL
Instructor: Georgia Groomer, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

This two-day intermediate level course provides the fundamentals for evaluating and treating vestibular dysfunction. A basic overview of vestibular function and anatomy as well as central nervous system interaction is provided. Hands-on laboratory sessions enhance the clinicians ability to properly perform testing techniques for vestibular disorders. Quite often the -missing link- in the management of a clients complaints lies within the weakness of the vestibular system. A thorough understanding of underlying disorders assist the clinician in developing effective treatment and exercise programs to decrease symptoms and enhance balance and functional ability. Options and considerations for creating treatment plans and long-term care management strategies are thoroughly discussed.

Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation

November 17-18, 2017
Houston, TX
Instructor: Gaye Cronin
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This course focuses on effective vestibular rehabilitation for treating children with dizziness, coordination, balance, motor, postural, vestibular, visual motor, perceptual, sensory organization and motion disorders due to disease, toxicity, infection, tumors, trauma, neurological, and congenital/genetic disorders. Experienced as well as novice clinicians will learn a new frame of reference and treatment techniques that can positively affect the childs motor skills, balance, coordination, rate of development, perceptual skills and tolerances of motion. The lab course will include pediatric assessments for vestibular, sensory organization, ocular motor, reflex integration, and motor development. Treatment techniques, video case demonstrations, and interactive lab practice will be included. While this course is specific to pediatrics, the material does apply to adults with vestibular disorders as well.

Rehab for Vestibular, Balance and Related Symptons: Post-Concussion Syndrome

November 17-18, 2017
Danbury, CT
Instructor: Kim Fox
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Concussion is a common and potential disabling condition that affects people of all ages as a result of trauma sustained in sport, motor vehicle crashes, military service, work and recreational accidents.  This course is designed to aid in the identification of the multifaceted nature of concussion, and will help you effectively treat PCS patients and become part of an effective team approach to recovery. You will learn about clinical trajectories, stages of recovery and predictors of recovery time, differential diagnoses as well as comprehensive treatment techniques.  You will be able to perform an effective evaluation as well as learn about the latest research in assessing and managing PCS to successfully get your patients back to their prior functioning levels. This course builds in extensive LAB time for a hands-on style of learning.

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

November 18-19, 2017
Aurora, IL
Instructor: Diane Wrisley, Phd, PT, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.

Evidence Based Rehab Techniques for Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Peripheral Neuropathy

November 18-19, 2017
Chicago, IL
Instructor: Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Neuromuscular and central nervous system diseases affect millions of people throughout the United States and worldwide. It is estimated that 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s Disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the more than one million Americans already diagnosed with the disease. Approximately 400,000 people in the US are affected by Multiple Sclerosis and 2.3 million worldwide. Add to these statistics the 2.4 percent of the US population diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.

This two-day intermediate level course provides an in-depth look at the evaluation and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Peripheral Neuropathy. This course provides the most up-to-date information on these neurological conditions.

An in-depth presentation of the clinical research, current common medications, surgical procedures and the effects they can have on rehabilitation are discussed in an interactive format. The scientific and clinical rationale for assessment and treatment strategies at different stages of progression are thoroughly presented. In addition to the comprehensive didactic information presented, this course will encompass a large amount of laboratory time. Innovative techniques, ranging from balance and gait training, yoga, boxing, Pilates and the use of therapeutic equipment will be utilized during lab sessions with the goal of formulating a patient specific progressive treatment program.

Video case study analysis and group discussion for movement dysfunction and gait abnormalities will provide the clinician with the skills necessary to discern the underlying mechanism of pathomechanics and dysfunction.

Optimizing Functional Mobility in the Older Adult

November 18-19, 2017
Portland, OR
Instructor: Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

As the population ages, there is a continual growing need for physical and occupational therapists and other health care providers to develop comprehensive solutions to maximize mobility and achieve postitive functional outcomes. This intermediate level course will utilize the best evidence based research in examination and treatment techniques for older adults and apply them to results driven clinical practices. This course will teach clinicians how to perform a comprehensive examination of older adults with orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiopulmonary diagnoses as well as other pathologies with an emphasis on integrating findings into the development of the plan of care. A variety of tests and interventions will be practiced in labs to allow participants the opportunity to practice the concepts discussed during lectures, such as appropriate strength training for older adults and treatment of vestibular disorders. Since vestibular disorders may be missed in older adults, identification and treatment of vestibular impairment is vital to successful outcomes in this population to prevent further injury and to establish a successful path toward functional mobility. This course will also include implications of other diagnoses common to older adults such as diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, hip fracture, and several other diagnoses. Case studies will be used for participants to practice problem solving and clinical decision making in older adults. The information in this course can be adapted for all practice settings including acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities/subacute, outpatient, and home care. This evidence based course will incorporate current and relevant information to develop an individualized treatment plan to improve functional outcomes in your patients. A comprehensive manual will supplement the didactic and lab portions of the course.

Post Concussion Syndrome

November 18-19, 2017
Staten Island, NY
Instructor: Christina Finn
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This course will help clinicians apply the latest research on diagnosis and management of concussion and post concussion syndrome. This course will focus on the latest relevant assessment and treatment strategies for adults and children with prolonged visual, vestibular and sensory complaints as a result of concussion. Effective treatment strategies to improve visual skills, balance and sensory integration for optimal return to all daily tasks will be highlighted. Participants will engage in clinical problem solving via group case analysis and discussion. Age/Patient Population: This course is relevant for therapists working with individuals of all ages including school aged children, young adults, and older adults who may have sustained a concussion as a result of fall, MVA, sports injury, or accident.

Optimizing Functional Mobility in the Older Adult

December 2-3, 2017
Mission Viejo, CA
Instructor: Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, NCS
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

 

As the population ages, there is a continual growing need for physical and occupational therapists and other health care providers to develop comprehensive solutions to maximize mobility and achieve postitive functional outcomes. This intermediate level course will utilize the best evidence based research in examination and treatment techniques for older adults and apply them to results driven clinical practices. This course will teach clinicians how to perform a comprehensive examination of older adults with orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiopulmonary diagnoses as well as other pathologies with an emphasis on integrating findings into the development of the plan of care. A variety of tests and interventions will be practiced in labs to allow participants the opportunity to practice the concepts discussed during lectures, such as appropriate strength training for older adults and treatment of vestibular disorders. Since vestibular disorders may be missed in older adults, identification and treatment of vestibular impairment is vital to successful outcomes in this population to prevent further injury and to establish a successful path toward functional mobility. This course will also include implications of other diagnoses common to older adults such as diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, hip fracture, and several other diagnoses. Case studies will be used for participants to practice problem solving and clinical decision making in older adults. The information in this course can be adapted for all practice settings including acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities/subacute, outpatient, and home care. This evidence based course will incorporate current and relevant information to develop an individualized treatment plan to improve functional outcomes in your patients. A comprehensive manual will supplement the didactic and lab portions of the course.

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Management of Individuals with Dizziness and Balance Diso

December 2-3, 2017
Avon, IN
Instructor: Richard Clendaniel
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Symptoms of dizziness are the number 3 reason individuals over the age of 65 seek medical attention. It becomes the number 1 reason for seeking care in individuals over the age of 70. Medical or surgical management is often not indicated or helpful, but many of these individuals do benefit from vestibular rehabilitation techniques. In addition, 50% of the individuals over the age of 65 with dizziness will develop a particular form of vertigo that can be alleviated with one simple therapy treatment. These individuals with vertigo and dysequilibrium represent a large patient population for physical and occupational therapy.

This course willfocus on the assessment and treatment of patients with vertigo and disequilibrium from vestibular causes. Specific emphasis will be placed on the assessment and treatment of unilateral and bilateral vestibular hypofunction, benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo, central vestibular disorders, and multisensory dizziness. This information is applicable to a large patient population including geriatric patients as well as individuals with CNS lesions such as multiple sclerosis, CVA, and head injury.

 

Treating Balance and Preventing Falls, in Geriatric, Neuro, Vestibular and Medically Complex Clients

December 8-9, 2017
Framingham, MA
Instructor: Kim Fox
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

This course is highly informative and will get you thinking about balance in a whole new light to make balance training effective and fun for you and your patients! You will learn how to isolate balance deficits in processing and motor output, screen for basic vestibular involvement, including BPPV, objectively identify fall risk, implement modifications to reduce fall risk, discover your creative side to developing effective treatment strategies, tailor exercises to meet the needs of your patients physical abilities in any setting and understand how to teach safe falling techniques, to name a few.  You will also learn about frequently missed components to a successful treatment program.

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Online Training

Introduction to Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation

Instructor: Rose Marie Rine PT, PhD
About the Event

This BASIC LEVEL course provides an overview of evidence based practice addressing

vestibular related impairments in children. Material is organized in three units: 1) Anatomy and

Physiology of the Vestibular System: basis for evaluation and intervention in children, 2) Evaluation of

Vestibular Function in Children, and 3) Intervention for Impairments Related to Vestibular Dysfunction in

Children. Additional resources for vestibular rehabilitation materials, to include references within

juried, peer reviewed journals, will be provided.

APPROXIMATELY 9 HOURS are needed to complete all units and testing. Continuing education has been

approved for physical therapists in Florida (10.5 CEHs 120018325), TX(52084A 9 CCUs) New Jersey (9.0

CE credits #379-2012), GA(0.9 CEUs) and California(0.9CEUs;10-750). Participants are encouraged to

check requirements with their local state licensing agency to assure that proper credit is received.

Objectives:

Following successful completion of the course, the participant will:

1. Identify the anatomical and physiological mechanisms underlying impairments related to

vestibular dysfunction in children.

2. Describe appropriate clinical tests of vestibular function, to include analysis of test results.

3. List diagnoses commonly known to affect vestibular function in children

4. Identify appropriate intervention for vision and balance impairments related to vestibular

dysfunction in children.

5. Identify the evidence supporting vestibular rehabilitation for children

ADVANCED VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION SERIES Individual Session: Advanced BPPV

Instructor: Richard Clendaniel
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Education Resources is thrilled to announce the launch of its new advanced vestibular rehabilitation online course series. The sessions are recorded live from Dr. Richard Clendaniel's highly acclaimed courses, and are now available to a wide range of health care professionals.

This evidence-based course will focus on differential diagnosis, advanced assessment and advanced techniques for treatment of patients with vertigo from BPPV. This course is designed for clinicians with prior vestibular rehabilitation course work and clinical experience. Through analysis of challenging cases and lab practice, participants will hone their clinical decision-making and hands on skills.

- See more at: https://www.educationresourcesinc.com/online-course-details/advanced-ves...

ADVANCED VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION SERIES Individual Session: Cervicogenic Dizziness: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment

Instructor: Richard Clendaniel PT, PhD
Contact: (800) 487-6530, Email
About the Event

Education Resources is thrilled to announce the launch of its new advanced vestibular rehabilitation online course series. The first offering in the series, Cervicogenic Dizziness, is recorded live from international expert Dr. Richard Clendaniel's highly acclaimed Evaluation and Management of Individuals with Dizziness and Balance Disorders course, and is now available to a wide range of health care professionals. This 5 hour online course will focus on the assessment and treatment of one cause of vertigo, cervicogenic dizziness, and how to distinguish it from central vestibular deficits. Through lecture, case studies, demonstrations and extensive directed lab practice, participants will enhance their skills in vestibular rehabilitation. It is recommended for individuals who have experience with or who have previously taken a two day course in vestibular rehabilitation. Dizziness due to cervicogenic causes can occur at any age, although symptoms of dizziness are the number 3 reason individuals over the age of 65 seek medical attention. It becomes the number 1 reason for seeking care in individuals over the age of 70. These individuals with vertigo and disequilibrium represent a large patient population for physical and occupational therapy.

ADVANCED VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION SERIES: What To Do When It's Not BPPV - Challenging Vestibular Disorders Including Post Concussion Syndrome

Instructor: Richard Clendaniel, PT, PhD
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Education Resources is thrilled to announce the launch of its new advanced vestibular rehabilitation online course series. The sessions are recorded live from Dr. Richard Clendaniel's highly acclaimed courses, and are now available to a wide range of health care professionals.

This evidence-based course will focus on the assessment and treatment of patients with vertigo and dysequalibrium from unusual vestibular causes. Course participants will distinguish among causes of dizziness such as Concussion, Chronic Subjective Dizziness (Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness), Anxiety, Superior Canal Dehiscence, Fistula, Migraine, and Meniere's disease. Course participants will be able to design and modify treatment programs based on the nature of the cause of dizziness in this patient population.

- See more at: https://www.educationresourcesinc.com/online-course-details/advanced-ves...

Balance Challenges: Dynamic Treatment Strategies

Instructor: J.J. Mowder-Tinney
About the Event

This course by J.J. Mowder Tinney is specifically designed to improve the clinician’s ability to identify specific impairments leading to balance dysfunction and then provide challenging interventions. Balance disorders affect clients in the orthopedic, neurologic, and geriatric populations, and involve all types of settings. Optimal outcome measures to assess balance and fall risk will be reviewed along with a comprehensive assessment. The majority of the course will then focus on interventions, and using evidence-based practice as a foundation, which can be utilized in a variety of settings. This course will provide multiple types and variations of interventions to provide all therapists with innovative and challenging interventions.

Evaluation and Treatment of Balance Impairments in Children

Instructor: Jennifer Braswell-Christy, PT, PhD; Rose Marie Rine PT, PhD
Contact: (904) 762-8419, Email
About the Event

This basic level course provides an overview of evidence based practice addressing balance impairments in children. Balance ability is a prerequisite of motor development and impacts functional abilities. The purpose of this course is to present current evidence on evaluation and treatment of balance impairments in children using a systems approach. The course includes 3 units:

1) Review of systems approach and the systems involved in postural control and balance

2) Examination and evaluation of balance

3) Intervention targeted on system impairments

Material is presented in an interactive, dynamic format that enables the learner to progress, self-paced through the material.

Fall Prevention and Balance Restoration for Seniors

Instructor: Stephen Barbuto, DPT, OCS, COMT, ATC, CSCS
About the Event

Stephen Barbuto's Fall Prevention and Balance Restoration for Seniors Course will teach you how to rehabilitate your patient after falls, and prevent falls from happening. This course will change your thinking about fall prevention and balance by delving into fall statistics and the startling cost of falls. You will also learn the best evaluation tests for your patients struggling with balance, and you will be lead through balance progressions and strategies, tests and techniques to help your patients succeed and regain their balance.

Helping your patients with dizziness: Is it BPPV?

Instructor: Lisa Farrell PT, PhD; Rose Marie Rine PT, PhD
Contact: (904) 762-8419, Email
About the Event

This basic level course provides an overview of evidence based practice addressing dizziness, specifically the identification of BPPV in these patents. Material is organized in four sections:

1) Introduction to include Anatomy and Physiology of the Vestibular System and incidence of BPPV

2) Evaluation and treatment for BPPV of the posterior semicircular canal

3) Other forms of BPPV

4) Factors for success

Additional resources for vestibular rehabilitation materials, to include references within juried, peer reviewed journals, are provided.

Introduction to Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation

Instructor: Rose Marie Rine PT, PhD
Contact: (904) 762-8419, Email
About the Event

This basic level course provides an overview of evidence based practice addressing vestibular related impairments in children. Material is organized in 3 units: 1) Anatomy and Physiology of the Vestibular System: basis for evaluation and intervention in children 2) Evaluation of Vestibular Function in Children 3) Intervention for Impairments Related to Vestibular Dysfunction in children Additional resources for vestibular rehabilitation materials, to include references within juried, peer reviewed journals, will be provided.

NEW ADVANCED VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION: COMPLETE ONLINE SERIES

Instructor: Richard Clendaniel, PT, Ph.D
Contact: 1-800-487-6530, Email
About the Event

Evidence based online courses from international expert Richard Clendaniel are recorded live at his Vestibular Series; Advanced BPPV, Cervicogenic Dizziness, What to do when It’s Not BPPV; Challenging Vestibular Disorders Including Post-concussion Syndrome. These are recommended for individuals who have experience with or who have previously taken a two day course in vestibular rehabilitation. Includes downloadable handouts and access for an entire year.

Take the complete series or the individual sessions.

 

Contact:  Education Resources, Inc., 508-359-6533 or 800-487-6530 (outside, MA)

Vestibular Rehabilitation - Evaluation and Treatment

Instructor: Barry Morgan, PT
Contact: 800-300-5512, Email
About the Event

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the interaction between the body’s multisensory systems and the complexities of the relationship between the systems to maintain vestibular function and balance.
    • Describe the importance of therapy for identifying the root cause (s) of vestibular dysfunction and developing a proper treatment program to improve symptoms and function.
    • Discuss the importance of central testing and understand how to sequence the testing in a comprehensive evaluation.
    • Perform specific oculomotor and vestibular function testing and understand the implications of the findings. To Include:
      • Neutral primary gaze position test
      • Eccentric Gaze Holding Test
      • Ocular ROM/Mobility/Motility test
      • Smooth Pursuit Test
      • Saccadic eye movement test
      • Vergence test
      • Optokinetic nystagmus test
      • Vestibulo-ocular reflex test(slow)
      • Cross cover test
      • Head thrust test/head impulse test(HIT)
      • Head shake test(HST)
      • Vestibulo-ocular cancellation testing
      • FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF COURSE OBJECTIVES, VISIT http://www.healthclick.com

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Advanced Concepts and Case Studies

Instructor: Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS
Contact: (206) 216-5003, Email
About the Event

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.

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

Instructor: Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS
Contact: (206) 216-5003, Email
About the Event

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.

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Identification and Management of BPPV

Instructor: Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS
Contact: (206) 216-5003, Email
About the Event

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.

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Office Examination of the Vestibular System

Instructor: Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS
Contact: (206) 216-5003, Email
About the Event

This evidence-based course by Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS, will address the clinician’s ability to evaluate the patient with dizziness for vestibular dysfunction. The course will include instruction in relevant anatomy and physiology review, pathophysiology, and bedside/office examination techniques. The material will be presented in a lecture/lab format with video case studies. The course is intended to enhance the clinician’s capability to recognize unilateral vs. bilateral vestibular loss, BPPV and central etiology dizziness. Practical application to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed.

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Vestibular Disorders

Instructor: Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS
Contact: (206) 216-5003, Email
About the Event

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.

SAIL Program Leader Training

April 3 - June 13, 2017
Instructor: Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA
Contact: 253-964-6244, Email
About the Event

Health and fitness professionals, and those who work closely with seniors and the elderly, know that health and wellness are critical to quality of life as we age. Key pieces of that are fall prevention and the levels of physical and cognitive fitness that it requires.

Through this online program, you will learn to identify motor, sensory, and cognitive systems as components of balance, and understand the role balance plays in the health and physical function of older adults. You will be trained to lead SAIL exercise sessions, helping older adults improve strength, balance, and ability to perform daily tasks. The information you take away from the online workshop can be offered to a group class for up to 20 participants on a regular schedule, or it can be integrated into existing clinical, physical, or occupational therapy practices, or into existing exercise programs.

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