Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update

Pittsburgh, PA US
May 1, 2020 to May 3, 2020

Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update is designed to provide an update regarding the treatment of persons with balance/vestibular disorders and the underlying science. Some of the topics include central causes of dizziness (e.g. anxiety and migraine related dizziness), BPPV, concussion management, vestibular function testing, alternative therapies, pharmacotherapy, cervical dizziness, back to work and driving decisions, innovative therapies for person with vestibular disorders, clinical and functional neuroimaging, and bedside evaluation of the person with dizziness with a lab component. Each of the speakers is an expert from one of several disciplines including physical therapy, neurology, otology, audiology, gerontology, psychology, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, bioengineering, and neuroscience. There are scheduled question and answer periods following each session at which participants can ask the entire faculty questions.


Keynote speakers include Dr. Joseph Furman and Dr. Susan L. Whitney. Dr. Furman is co-director of the course and has numerous Medline references to his credit. He is co-author of the book entitled "Vestibular Disorders: A Case Oriented Approach" published by Oxford University Press. He has recently published the 3rd edition with Dr. Stephen Cass and Dr. Susan Whitney. Dr. Furman has been an NIH supported clinicianscientist
his entire career and is a board certified neurologist.

Dr. Whitney is a physical therapist who has published extensively. She is the Program Director of Vestibular Rehabilitation at the Centers for Rehab Services and has treated persons with vestibular disorders for over 30 years. She is an active clinical researcher and is actively involved in patient care. Drs. Furman and Whitney will conduct the lab/cases together to provide a unique physician/physical therapist team perspective.

Criteria for Successful Completion:
 Evidence of attendance by signing in and out each day
 Completion of Post-test with a score of 70%

Target Audience

Physical therapists, physicians, nurses, and physician assistants who have a basic knowledge of vestibular disorders.

Learning Objectives

The participant will be able to:
1. Discuss how concussion-induced impairments of balance and vestibular dysfunction,
and understand the role of cognitive testing in return-to-play.
2. Discuss the treatment of acute vestibular disorders.
3. Describe the manifestations of vestibular, oculomotor, and visual sensitivity impairments
after concussion, and ways to assess and treat these impairments.
4. Discuss the hearing loss may affect interactions with individuals with vestibular
disorders, and how to best communicate with a person with hearing loss.
5. Discuss the different types and treatment options available for someone with posttraumatic
headache.
6. Compare the assessment techniques and treatment options for oculomotor dysfunction
after concussion.
7. Differentiate central from peripheral vestibular dysfunction.
8. Describe how sleep disorders, especially obstructive sleep apnea, interact with
vestibular disorders and affect management of vestibular disorders.
9. Understand the interaction between cognitive function and vestibular disorders.
10. Discuss the influence of the visual system on postural control
11. Recognize different oculomotor dysfunction, including vestibular nystagmus, in persons
presenting with vestibular disorders.
12. Discuss the most recent advances in BPPV management over the last 5 years.
13. Describe pharmacotherapy for patients with balance and vestibular disorders.
14. Differentiate anxiety-related dizziness from other vestibular disorders and understand its
management from a psychiatric perspective.
15. Recognize cervical dizziness with its typical signs and symptoms.
16. Discuss medical management of chronic vestibular disorders not amenable to vestibular
rehabilitation.
17. Describe the clinical characteristics of Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness.
18. Perform routine bedside evaluation of oculomotor function.
19. Describe advances in treatment interventions for persons with vestibular disorders.
20. Describe the factors that affect adaptation of the VOR, both facilitators and barriers.
21. Design an exercise program for people with visual vertigo and motion sickness.
22. Understand new advances in assessing vestibular function, including VEMP testing, and
how this relates to intervention.
23. Identify balance assessment tools that may be helpful in determining whether a person
can return to work after a vestibular disorder, and understand how driving is affected by
vestibular disorders.
24. Compare and contrast methods for progressing an exercise program for people with
vestibular disorders

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 20.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
01/09/2020
Course expires: 
12/31/2020
Event starts: 
05/01/2020 - 6:00am
Event ends: 
05/03/2020 - 6:00pm
Cost:
$1.00

Friday, May 1, 2020
7:15 – 8:00 Registration
Moderator: Susan Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS
8:00 – 8:15 James Irrgang, PT, PhD
Chair – Dept. Physical Therapy
Introduction of the Course and Greeting
8:15 – 8:50 Anthony Kontos, PhD
Shawn Eagle, PhD
Vestibular and Balance Impairments after Concussion
8:50 – 9:25 Anne Mucha, DPT, MS, NCS Vestibular Rehabilitation Following Concussion
9:25 – 10:00 Joseph Furman, MD, PhD Central Vestibular Disorders
10:00 – 10:15 Break
Moderator: Joseph Furman, MD, PhD
10:15 – 10:50 Catherine Palmer, PhD Hearing Challenges Relevant to Physical Therapists
10:50 – 11:25 Robert Kaniecki, MD Post-traumatic Headaches
11:25 – 12:30 Lunch on your own
Moderator: Patrick Sparto, PT, PhD
12:30 – 1:05 Nathan Steinhafel, OD, MS Neuro-optometry Treatment for Ocular-motor Disorders
1:05 – 1:40 Susan Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS Red Flags and When to Refer
Discussant: Joseph Furman, MD, PhD
1:40 – 2:15 Ryan Soose, MD Sleep and Dizziness – Are They Related?
2:15 – 2:30 Break
Moderator: Susan Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS
2:30 – 3:05 Brooke Klatt, DPT, PhD, NCS Vestibular Contributions to Cognition
3:05 – 3:40 To be determined Visual Influences on Postural Control
3:40 – 4:45 Joseph Furman, MD, PhD Analysis of Eye Movements
4:45 Adjournment
4:45 – 5:00 Short walk to Eye and Ear Inst. Refreshments in Biomedical Science Tower, S120
5:30 – 7:00 EEI Tours 1st and 4th floors
University of Pittsburgh Advanced Vestibular Course


Saturday, May 2, 2020
Moderator: Patrick Sparto, PT, PhD
8:00 – 9:00 Susan Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Update
9:00 – 9:35 Joseph Furman, MD, PhD Pharmacotherapy of Dizziness
9:35 – 9:50 Break
Moderator: Joseph Furman, MD, PhD
9:50 – 10:30 Jeffrey Staab, MD, MS Psychiatric Aspects of Vestibular Disorders
10:30 – 11:30 Carrie Hoppes, DPT, PhD, NCS Cervicogenic Dizziness
11:30 – 12:35 Lunch on your own
Moderator: Patrick Sparto, PT, PhD
12:35 – 1:10 Joseph Furman, MD, PhD Management of the Medically Refractory Dizzy Patient
1:10 – 1:45 Jeffrey Staab, MD, MS Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness
1:45 – 2:45 Susan Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS
Case Vignettes
Discussant: Joseph Furman, MD, PhD
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 5:15 Joseph Furman, MD, PhD
Kathryn Brown, PT, MS
Pamela Dunlap, DPT, NCS
Carrie Hoppes, DPT, PhD, NCS
Brooke Klatt, DPT, PhD, NCS
Patrick Sparto, PT, PhD
Susan Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS
Clinical Assessment Practicum
5:15 Adjournment
University of Pittsburgh Advanced Vestibular Course


Sunday, May 3, 2020
Moderator: Patrick Sparto, PT, PhD
7:30 – 8:30 Susan Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS New Advances in Rehabilitation for Persons with Balance and
Vestibular Disorders
8:30 – 9:05 Patrick Sparto, PT, PhD Barriers to Compensation
9:05 – 9:35 Carrie Hoppes, DPT, PhD, NCS Vestibular Habituation for Visual Vertigo and Motion Sickness
9:35 – 9:50
Break
Moderator: Susan Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS
9:50 – 10:20 Questions and Answers Course Instructors
10:20 – 10:55 Joseph Furman, MD, PhD Vestibular Laboratory Testing
10:55 – 11:30 Gregory Marchetti, PT, PhD Occupational and Driving-Related Issues of Dizziness and
Imbalance
11:30 – 12:00 Patrick Sparto, PT, PhD Exercise Prescription for Vestibular Rehabilitation
12:00 Adjournment

University of Pittsburgh Victoria Hall, Room 125
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

“The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will award Continuing Education Units for PTs and PTAs. The course will not be credentialed specifically for Audiologists or Occupational Therapists, but they are welcome to attend”

Available Credit

  • 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 20.75 Attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
01/09/2020
Course expires: 
12/31/2020

Price

Cost:
$1.00
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“The course will not be credentialed specifically for Audiologists or Occupational Therapists, but they are welcome to attend.”

 

All cancellations must be in writing and sent to us via U.S. mail or email (see contact information). Tuition for cancellations postmarked or date stamped before April 13, 2020, will be refunded in full. After April 20, 2020, a $50 administrative fee will be assessed, the remaining amount refunding, and no refunds will be made after April 27, 2020.