Mastering Rehab Solutions for the Complexities of Concussions

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

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.

 

Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic pathophysiology of concussion and mild TBI and fundamental issues surrounding injury and recovery.
  • Identify the essential members of a comprehensive concussion management team and how to access resources.
  • Perform vestibular and balance assessment techniques to comprehensively assess common issues following concussion.
  • Perform assessment techniques to evaluate the visual, musculoskeletal and exertional components affecting symptoms following concussion.
  • Identify subjective scales and outcome measures to quantify symptoms and functional impact of those symptoms following injury.
  • Recognize treatment strategies in multiple deficit categories to address common complaints following concussion injury and progress these programs appropriately.
  • Utilize a variety of vestibular, balance, visual, musculoskeletal, and exertional rehab treatment strategies to address all symptoms associated with concussion.
  • Recognize common “return to play” protocols and understand how to apply them and discuss limitations with current protocols in use.
  • Develop programs to manage complex patient presentations following concussion and mild TBI injuries.
  • Develop improved management skills for patients in the subacute and chronic phases post-injury.
  • Instructor name

    Elizabeth Grace Georgelos, PT, MS, NCS

    I have worked with an elite multidisciplinary team of physicians, audiologists and physical therapists treating vestibular patients. This has helped me master technique for delivering superior results with Traumatic Brain Injury and Vestibular Patients. Let me show you how!
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    OT PT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations


    April 29, 2017 - April 30, 2017

    18 hours of CME credit

    Vital Rehabilitation

    Chicago, IL

    Tuition $ 475.00

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    May 6, 2017 - May 7, 2017

    15 hours of CME credit

    UHS-Summerlin Hospital

    Las Vegas, NV

    Tuition $ 475.00

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    June 3, 2017 - June 4, 2017

    15 hours of CME credit

    Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

    Seattle, WA

    Tuition $ 475.00

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    November 11, 2017 - November 12, 2017

    15 hours of CME credit

    Aurora Rehabilitation Center

    Kenosha, WI

    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

    North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider #P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.