VR: Vestibular Rehabilitation


According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, as many as 35% of adults aged 40 years or older in the US have experienced vestibular dysfunction. This amounts to approximately 69 million Americans who have experienced some level of incapacity due to one of many types of vestibular disorders. The consequences of dizziness can be catastrophic - 30% of community dwelling adults over the age of 65 will experience a fall. This number goes up to 45% of people over the age of 75. This two day lecture and lab course will cover the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system, proper vestibular evaluation procedures, and how to utilize those findings to determine whether a patient is appropriate for vestibular rehabilitation. In addition, we will cover treatment strategies for the more common vestibular disorders, including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, unilateral and bilateral hypofunction, and cervicogenic dizziness, among others. All required prereading material will be sent in a link via your registration confirmation email.

•Explain the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system

•Perform and understand the clinical significance of a thorough patient history and assessment

•Identify the signs, symptoms, and co-existing problems of a patient, and distinguish disorders not appropriate for physical therapy treatment

•Formulate and give rationale for appropriate plan of care

•Perform appropriate therapeutic procedures and become comfortable treating non-complex vestibular patients.

•Create an appropriate HEP and provide accurate education to the patient.

Day One

  • 7:30-8 Registration
  • 8-9Introduction
  • 9-10             Anatomy and Physiology
  • 10-10:15 Break
  • 10:15-11Balance
  • 11-12 Nystagmus
    • Lecture and Lab
    • Identification and interpretation of abnormal eye movement
  • 12-1 Lunch (on your own)
  • 1-2 Vestibular Evaluation – History
    • Subjective Hx
    • Common Medical Vestibular Tests
    • Functional Questionnaires
  • 2-3 Objective Exam
    • Static and Dynamic Balance Assessment
      • Lecture and Lab
    • 3-3:15 Break
    • 3:15-5:30Objective Exam (cont)
      • Cervical and Musculoskeletal Eval
        • Lecture and Lab
      • Oculomotor Exam with and without infrared goggles
        • Lecture and Lab

 

Day Two

  • 8-10 BPPV Lecture and Lab – assessment and treatment of:
    • Ant and Post Canal Canalithiasis and Cupulolithiasis
    • Horizontal Canal Canalithiasis and Cupulothiasis
  • 10-10:15 Break
  • 10:15-11 BPPV (cont)
  • 11-12 Treatment Concepts – Lecture, Demonstration, Lab
    • Unilateral Loss
    • Bilateral Loss
    • Motion Sensitivity
  • 12-1 Lunch (on your own)
  • 1-2Cervicogenic Dizziness – Lecture, Demonstration, Lab
  • 2-2:30Meniere’s Disease
  • 2:30-2:45 Break
  • 2:45-3:45 Central Vestibular Disorders
    • Migraines
    • TBI, CVA
    • Cerebellar Degeneration
  • 3:45-5:30 Summary and Case studies

Available Courses


Vestibular Rehabilitation (Louisville, KY)

Apr. 23, 2022 -Apr. 24, 2022
Louisville, KY

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Vestibular Rehabilitation (Houston, TX)

May. 14, 2022 -May. 15, 2022
Houston, TX

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Vestibular Rehabilitation (Mobile, AL)

Jul. 9, 2022 -Jul. 10, 2022
Daphne, AL

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Vestibular Rehabilitation (Savannah, GA)

Jul. 30, 2022 -Jul. 31, 2022
Savannah, GA

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Vestibular Rehabilitation (Chattanooga, TN)

Aug. 13, 2022 -Aug. 14, 2022
Chattanooga, TN

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Vestibular Rehabilitation (Portland, OR)

Sep. 24, 2022 -Sep. 25, 2022
Sherwood, OR

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Vestibular Rehabilitation (State College, PA)

Oct. 8, 2022 -Oct. 9, 2022
Port Matilda, PA

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Vestibular Rehabilitation (Claremore, OK)

Nov. 5, 2022 -Nov. 6, 2022
Claremore, OK

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