New Evidence Based Information on Balance Dysfunction and Intervention Leads to Better Rehabilitation Outcomes

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North American Seminars introduces a new evidence based continuing education course for physical therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapy assistants

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

Vestibular, neurological & orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, MS, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction & vestibular dysfunction

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day advanced Vestibular evidence-based PT OT PTA continuing education course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.

PT Continuing Education Course Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the systems underlying balance.
  • Compare and contrast changes in the balance system with neurological, orthopedic, and vestibular pathologies.
  • Describe changes in the balance system across the lifespan.
  • Perform a balance examination including examination of sensory and motor contributions to balance.
  • Interpret the findings of a balance examination based on diagnosis and impairments.
  • Differentiate neurological, orthopedic and vestibular causes of balance dysfunction.
  • Examine and treat neurological causes of balance dysfunction including Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, peripheral nervous system disorders and cerebellar dysfunction.
  • Develop evidence-based intervention for patients with vestibular, neurological, and cervicogenic dysfunction.
  • Perform a Comprehensive examination to differentially diagnose BPPV and develop a progressive program to treat BPPV.
  • Describe the pathology of vestibular balance dysfunction.
  • Examine and treat vestibular causes of balance dysfunction including cervicogenic dizziness, migraine-related Vestibulopathy, anxiety related dizziness.
  • Develop a fall-risk assessment and intervention program.
  • Apply the material presented to representative patient cases.

This PT Continuing Education Course will be presented

November 11, 2016 - November 12, 2016

15 hours of Continuing education credit
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Englewood, NJ

Tuition $ 450.00
NJ approved continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapy assistant

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