Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

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.

 

Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Understand 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
  • Instructor name

    Karen Skop, PT, DPT

    My experience working with a variety of neurological clients including veterans has given me the opportunity to master my evaluation and treatment skills with patients diagnosed with vestibular disorders, blast injuries, blunt force trauma and varying degrees of concussions
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    Continuing Education, Dates & Locations


    September 26, 2015 - September 27, 2015

    15.00 hours of CME credit

    CentraState Medical Center Freehold, NJ

    Tuition $ 475.00

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    October 10, 2015 - October 11, 2015

    18.00 hours of CME credit

    Holy Cross Hospital Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    Tuition $ 475.00

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    October 17, 2015 - October 18, 2015

    15.00 hours of CME credit

    Adventist HealthCare Physical Health Rockville, MD

    Tuition $ 475.00

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    November 14, 2015 - November 15, 2015

    18.00 hours of CME credit

    Vital Rehabilitation Chicago, IL

    Tuition $ 475.00

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    December 5, 2015 - December 6, 2015

    15.00 hours of CME credit

    Saint Peter's University Hospital New Brunswick, NJ

    Tuition $ 475.00

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    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU. North American Seminars is and AOTA provider, provider #4487

    Online Continuing Education Course Resource For This Course

    PT PTA OT Online Continuing Education Course

    Vestibular Rehabilitation - Evaluation and Treatment


    Price when purchased with registration: $ 79.95

    Delivery: DVD delivered to course site

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