Please Note: Upon completion of both Part 1 and Part 2  of this course a complimentary e-book of proprioceptive exercises will be provided to you.  The book includes individually, printable proprioceptive exercise scripts that can be used with your patients.

COURSE CONTENT FOR MANAGING BALANCE ISSUES Part 1 of 2

(PART ONE BALANCE)

According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, over 90 million Americans age 17 and older, have experienced a dizziness or balance problem at some point in their lives. Almost 8 million people in the US have a problem with balance that has lasted over 3 months and 2.5 million report a chronic dizziness problem. With the large amount of baby boomers entering “retirement age”, there is increased concern about falling. Most people over the age of 70 report some problem with dizziness and balance and balance-related falls account for more than one-half of the accidental deaths in the elderly. In addition, individuals with a diagnosed vestibular problem who also exhibit symptoms have an incidence of falling that is 12 times that of the general population. Overall, the cost of medical care for patients with balance disorders exceeds $1 billion per year in the US. Getting effective treatment is frequently complicated by the challenge of diagnosing the specific source of the problem and finding clinicians with the knowledge and experience to treat these problems.

This workshop will cover the anatomy, physiology and function of the vestibular system and the vestibular system’s important role in balance and mobility. It is designed to give basic essential information needed to assess and treat uncomplicated vestibular dysfunction as well as incidence, diagnosis and treatment of balance related disorders. Attendees will learn the various types of vestibular disorders, how they affect different populations and basic clinical tools for appropriate evaluation and treatment strategies.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will leave having a better understanding of the incidence and etiology of vestibular dysfunction. They will be able to demonstrate better understanding of the vestibular system, the various disorders and the subsequent implications on a patient’s ability to perform ADLs. We will identify various fundamental assessment tools for testing vestibular dysfunction and begin to learn how to use them hands-on. Enrollees will be better able to describe the balance control system and the interdependence of gaze and postural stabilization on maintaining balance, demonstrate knowledge of the assessment and treatment of BPPV. They will leave and be able to take back to their practices the enhanced ability to identify common clinical signs and symptoms of the dizzy and imbalanced patient and how to incorporate and progress appropriate treatment.

This is a 6-hour continuing education course.  Each lesson takes 50 minutes to complete.  An assessment of your subject mastery will be tested with a short quiz throughout the course.  Upon completion of all 6 lessons, you will earn 6 CEU’s and a certificate will be provided to verify your completion of the program.  This is part 1 of a 2-part series.  For information on Part 2 of this program please click here.

 

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