Vestibular Rehab Course

Presented by Jeff Walter & Janine Fee

Course Features

  • cropped-new-hoc-favicon-1.png Type – Live
  • cropped-new-hoc-favicon-1.png Duration – 14 CEU Hours
  • cropped-new-hoc-favicon-1.png Appropriate for - PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, and Physicians
  • cropped-new-hoc-favicon-1.png Language – English

Is balance or dizziness a problem for any of your patients?

Did you know that more than 1/3 of American adults, 40 years and older, experience some form of vestibular dysfunction?

Course Description

This evidence-based Event Seminar will:

  • Train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular disorders.
  • Include instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical management, pathology, detailed bedside examination, and treatment skills.
  • Enhance the clinician’s ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) for common vestibular disorders.

The material will be presented in a lecture, lab, and video case study format. Competence in the performance of a comprehensive office/bedside examination and treatment skills will be addressed in a lab format.

Practical application of VRT to a variety of practice settings (outpatient, acute care, SNF, ER) will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the identification and management of BPPV variants.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to:

  • RECOGNIZE the typical characteristics of vestibular vs. central-etiology nystagmus.
  • UNDERSTAND the clinical significance of vestibular diagnostic studies.
  • PERFORM a detailed bedside vestibular and balance examination.
  • IDENTIFY, based on patient history and bedside examination, the specific features of:
    • Unilateral vestibular disorders
    • Bilateral vestibular disorders
    • Central vestibular disorders
    • Non-vestibular dizziness
    • Specific variants of BPPV and perform appropriate canalith repositioning maneuvers
    • Indications for further diagnostic testing / medical referral
  • EVALUATE appropriateness and effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) for common vestibular disorders.
  • PRESCRIBE rehabilitation programs to address compensation for vestibular dysfunction.

Increase Your Clinical Skills!

Instructors

Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS

Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS, is the Director of the Otolaryngology Vestibular and Balance Center at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA and an associate faculty member at Misericordia University, Department of Physical Therapy. Jeff graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and from the University of Scranton, with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has attained competency certification in “Vestibular Rehabilitation” and “Vestibular Function Test Interpretation.” Since 1999, Jeff has lectured at professional conferences, universities and continuing education courses for audiologists, physicians and therapists involved in managing patients with dizziness and imbalance.

Janine Fee MS, MPT

Janine Fee MS, MPT practices vestibular and balance rehabilitation at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, PA working in a variety of settings including outpatient rehabilitation, emergency department, acute care, and inpatient rehabilitation. She is the program coordinator for Evangelical Community Hospital Dizziness and Balance Program. Janine holds Master’s degrees in Exercise Physiology (West Virginia University,1996) and Physical Therapy (University of Pittsburgh, 1998). Janine attained her competency certification in “Vestibular Rehabilitation” in March 2004. She has assisted and lectured continuing education courses for audiologists, physicians, and therapists involved in managing patients with dizziness and imbalance since 2009 with Jeffrey Walter.

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