Thirty percent of those with mild traumatic brain injury have a prolonged recovery. Co-morbidities also complicate the rehabilitation process and make efficient intervention challenging. This two-day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical therapists who have a basic knowledge of mild TBI and vestibular rehab and would like to improve their skills. The course goes beyond introductory concussion courses to explore the difficult differential diagnostic process that is required with complex mild TBI. The course will enable the therapist to differentiate the various etiologies of dysfunction and prioritize intervention for those patients who are not recovering as expected. The course will cover recent research and how clinical management has changed over recent years.
Participants will explore the oculomotor exam as it relates to determining the etiology of impairment, including central vestibular involvement. The difficult areas of anxiety/depression, differential diagnosis of PPPD, and how to communicate about these issues with the patient and family will be discussed. Headache and cervical involvement will be addressed, including differential diagnosis of post-traumatic headache, with emphasis on differential diagnosis of migraine headache, vestibular migraine and cervicogenic dizziness. Strategies for prioritizing intervention will be discussed, as well as when to refer to other medical practitioners for counseling psychology, neuropsychologic testing and vision assessment.
Laboratory time will be provided to work on oculomotor and visual assessment and intervention skills as they relate to mild TBI. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for intervention planning and documentation.
Participants will be able to return to their clinic with the ability to refine assessment techniques and manage patients with greater efficiency.
As I have practiced in the clinic and taught other therapists about mild TBI, the question has repeatedly come up regarding how to manage the non-typical, difficult cases that we so often see in practice.More Instructor Info
All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.
15 hours of CME credit