Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update

May 1, 2020 to May 2, 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
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. Discuss the most recent advances in BPPV management over the last 5 years.
12. Describe pharmacotherapy for patients with balance and vestibular disorders.
13. Differentiate anxiety-related dizziness from other vestibular disorders and understand its
management from a psychiatric perspective.
14. Recognize cervical dizziness with its typical signs and symptoms.
15. Discuss medical management of chronic vestibular disorders not amenable to vestibular
16. Describe the clinical characteristics of Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness.
17. Describe advances in treatment interventions for persons with vestibular disorders.
18. Describe the factors that affect adaptation of the VOR, both facilitators and barriers.
19. Design an exercise program for people with visual vertigo and motion sickness.
20. Understand new advances in assessing vestibular function, including VEMP testing, and
how this relates to intervention.
21. 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.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.75 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.
  • 14.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/01/2020 - 6:00am
Event ends: 
05/02/2020 - 6:00pm

Friday, May 1, 2020




8:00 – 8:30

Course directors

Introduction of the Course

Instruction on getting best online experience


8:30 – 9:05

Anthony Kontos, PhD

Shawn Eagle, PhD

Vestibular and Balance Impairments after Concussion

9:05 – 9:40

Anne Mucha, DPT, MS, NCS

Vestibular Rehabilitation Following Concussion

9:40 – 10:15

Joseph Furman, MD, PhD

Central Vestibular Disorders

10:15 – 10:30



10:30 – 11:05

Catherine Palmer, PhD

Hearing Challenges Relevant to Physical Therapists

11:05 – 11:40

Robert Kaniecki, MD

Headache for Physical Therapists

11:40 – 12:30



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



2:30 – 3:05

Brooke Klatt, DPT, PhD, NCS

Vestibular Contributions to Cognition

3:05 – 3:40

Rakie Cham, PhD

Visual Influences on Postural Control

3:40 – 4:40

Susan Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS

New Advances in Rehabilitation for Persons with Balance and Vestibular Disorders





Saturday, May 2, 2020





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



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 – 12:05

Joseph Furman, MD, PhD

Management of the Medically Refractory Dizzy Patient

12:05 – 1:00



1:00 – 1:35

Jeffrey Staab, MD, MS

Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness

1:35 – 2:10

Carrie Hoppes, DPT, PhD, NCS

Vestibular Habituation for Visual Vertigo and Motion Sickness

2:10 – 2:45

Patrick Sparto, PT, PhD

Barriers to Compensation

2:45 – 3:00



3:00 – 3:35

Joseph Furman, MD, PhD

Vestibular Laboratory Testing

3:35 – 4:10

Gregory Marchetti, PT, PhD

Occupational and Driving-Related Issues of Dizziness and Imbalance

4:10 – 5:00

Course Faculty

Question and Answer




Video Conference

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.


The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 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

  • 14.75 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.
  • 14.75 Attendance


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