Online Physical Therapy Courses

Course Instructor

Dr. Karen Skop PT, DPT graduated in 2000 from University of Miami with her Master’s in Physical Therapy, 2008 from Temple University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. During her coursework at the University of Miami (UM), she studied under Dr. Susan Herdman, completing the first of 4 “Vestibular Rehabilitation” competency course work while still a student. She was also able to have Dr. Herdman as her faculty advisor while completing research in providing visual feedback in individuals with vestibular dysfunction. It is through this mentorship she developed her love for working with individuals with vestibular dysfunction. Since graduation, Dr. Skop has continued her work in vestibular rehabilitation for over 13 years helping “dizzy” patients of all ages from high school athletes to geriatric population. She has worked under a variety of Neurologists and Neuro-opthamologists leading the rehabilitation efforts for various neurological clinics including Parkinson’s, Stroke and Vestibular disorders. She has published research on FIM data in stroke recovery, and currently is working on a variety of research/best practice for rehab in mild TBI and its effect on the vestibular system. She currently practices for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, National Polytrauma Center, and managing rehabilitation for Veterans and active duty soldiers with vestibular disorders, with a special interest in post-concussive sequela following blast/blunt force traumas. Dr. Skop has lectured for the Department of Defense and National Centers of Excellence regarding multisensory impairment following blast injuries in soldiers, and lectures for residents and physician to raise awareness and effective management of vestibular disorders. She serves as faculty for the VA’s Neurological Residency program and lectures for the University of South Florida.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

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. While at first glance, it appears that blast and blunt traumas can result in similar injuries, the course will emphasize the differences present.

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.

Category: Traumatic Brain Injury, axonal injury, skull fractures, BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve injuries, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance,exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions, physical therapy continuing education course, occupational therapy continuing education course

  • Understand what the symptom cluster known as post concussion syndrome, expected outcomes and literature updates
  • Identify possible barriers to rehabilitation following a concussion and how to address to maximize outcomes in the most efficient, cost effective manner
  • Understand the areas of possible damage to the vestibular system following a mTBI or concussion
  • Develop advanced understanding and knowledge of how to choose the most appropriate tests to differentially diagnose vestibular and balance deficits following TBI
  • Build on your “usual” balance and vestibular interview & evaluation tools and apply it to this complex population
  • Learn to evaluate the visual system and identify abhorrent eye movement and what it means to rehab and outcomes
  • Understand whiplash associated dizziness, literature update and how to effectively manage
  • Identify and develop appropriate examination and treatment options for a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve injuries, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance,exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions
  • Master individualized treatment programs for peripheral, central vestibular and/or balance deficits following a head injury.
  • Describe the importance of multi-sensory damage and interdisciplinary management
  • Apply “return to play” guidelines in a more useful, clinically relevant manner
  • Understand how technological advances can help in your clinic, and how to utilize low cost evaluation and treatment tools

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    Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions






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    Feb 28, 15Mar 01, 15Sharp Grossmont-Brier Patch Campus

    La Mesa, CA

    $475.0015.00View HotelsRegister
    Jun 13, 15Jun 14, 15Multicare Tacoma General Hospital

    Tacoma, WA

    $475.0015.00View HotelsRegister
    Jun 27, 15Jun 28, 15UHS-Summerlin Hospital

    Las Vegas, NV

    $475.0015.00View HotelsRegister
    Sep 26, 15Sep 27, 15CentraState Medical Center

    Freehold, NJ

    $475.0015.00View HotelsRegister
    Oct 10, 15Oct 11, 15Holy Cross Hospital

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    $475.0018.00View HotelsRegister
    Nov 14, 15Nov 15, 15Vital Rehabilitation

    Chicago, IL

    $475.0018.00View HotelsCall to Register
    Dec 05, 15Dec 06, 15Saint Peter's University Hospital

    New Brunswick, NJ

    $475.0015.00View HotelsRegister

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