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Vestibular Dysfunction - An Algorithmic-Based Evaluation and Treatment Approach

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

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. This course is offered to Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who are currently working with this population. Clinicians currently working with this population are encouraged to attend this course.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Discuss the anatomical structures of the vestibular system.
  • Identify how balance and movement information is processed.
  • Describe the various dizziness and imbalance diagnoses and understand how they affect the vestibular system.
  • Recognize the different mechanisms available for recovery (compensation, adaptation, substitution) and how they can be utilized to prescribe effective progressive plans for this population.
  • Perform proficient evaluations of oculomotor, vestibular and balance function.
  • Develop appropriate algorithmic plans of care by applying information gathered from detailed history, evaluations and tests.
  • Recognize how to differentiate between migraine syndromes, migraine associated dizziness and if present with vestibular disorders, how to successfully manage their care.
  • Differentiate the basic information available from advanced diagnostic testing including ENG, caloric testing, oculomotor testing and balance testing with posturography.
  • Recognize nystagmal variations and assist in the correct diagnosis and treatment in vestibular disorders, especially BPPV and its variant resistant forms.
  • Perform specific BPPV tests and decide appropriate treatment options including traditional and newly emerging alternative treatment options.
  • Identify emerging treatment ideas with regard to post concussion and post blast vestibular injuries in the soldier population receiving treatment in vestibular clinics across the country.
  • Design a program that applies information related to successfully coding, predicting outcomes and billing practices.
  • Instructor name

    Barry Morgan, PT

    For the past 10 years I have been specializing in treating patients with dizziness and balance disorders. I have implemented vestibular and concussion programs and developed a systematic approach to the evaluation and treatment of these disorders for positive outcomes. I have...
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    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.

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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, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    North American Seminars, Inc. is an AOTA provider for continuing education. Provider number 4487. Please download the specific course brochure for the AOTA classification and allotted AOTA hours. The AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products or clinical procedures.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU.

    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. Call for evidence-based status. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

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