Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update
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, and innovative therapies for person with vestibular disorders. Each of the speakers is an expert from one of several disciplines including physical therapy, neurology, neuro-optometry, audiology, and psychiatry. There are scheduled question and answer periods following each session during which participants can ask the faculty questions.
Physical therapists, physicians, nurses, and physician assistants who have a basic knowledge of vestibular disorders.
The participant will be able to:
1. Discuss concussion-induced impairments of balance and vestibular dysfunction, and understand the role of cognitive testing in return-to-play.
2. Describe the manifestations of vestibular, oculomotor, and visual sensitivity impairments after concussion, and ways to assess and treat these impairments.
3. Differentiate the different causes of central vestibular dysfunction.
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. Compare and contrast the different types and treatment options available for someone with headache.
6. Compare the assessment techniques and treatment options for oculomotor dysfunction after concussion.
7. Discuss the need for referral to other providers in direct access physical therapy settings.
8. Recognize different oculomotor dysfunction, including vestibular nystagmus, in persons presenting with vestibular disorders.
9. Understand the interaction between cognitive function and vestibular disorders.
10. Perform routine bedside evaluation of oculomotor function.
11. Compare advances in treatment interventions for persons with vestibular disorders.
12. Discuss the most recent advances in BPPV management over the last 5 years.
13. Discuss medical and surgical management of chronic 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 and discuss treatment options.
16. Understand the role of gait speed and mobility assessment in assessing overall health of older adults
17. Describe how sleep disorders, especially obstructive sleep apnea, interact with vestibular disorders and affect management of vestibular disorders.
18. Describe the clinical characteristics of Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness.
19. Understand new advances in assessing vestibular function, including VEMP testing, and how this relates to intervention.
20. 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.
21. Apply advanced decision making principles in the management of persons with vestibular disorders.
University of Pittsburgh
Keynote speakers include Dr. Joseph Furman and Dr. Susan Whitney. Drs. Furman and Whitney will conduct the lab/cases together to provide a unique physician/physical therapist team perspective.
Dr. Whitney is a physical therapist who has published extensively. She 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 provide a unique physician/physical therapist team perspective.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), 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 designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the 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.
- 0.25 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.
- 0.25 Attendance
Physician Registration $500
Physical Therapists, Audiologists, Occupational Therapist Registration $450
Physician Assistants, Nurses and Residents Registration $450
Neurologic Physical Therapy Resident Registration $200
If three or more attendees work at the same facility, please email Debra Utterback (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the list of employees to receive a coupon code for $100 discount.
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Only one type of discount may be applied.
All cancellations must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations received before 04/30/21 will be refunded in full. After 04/30/21, a $50 fee will be assessed and no refunds will be made after 05/07/21.
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