Physical Therapy: Examination and Treatment of Peripheral Vestibular Disorders

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About Course #Q3517

Release Date: December 15, 2017

Expiration Date: April 1, 2021

Vestibular disorders are common in the adult population, affecting a vast number of persons over 40 years of age, with increased prevalence of vestibular dysfunction occurring with advancing age. The vestibular system is a highly specialized sensory apparatus that integrates information regarding head movement and position relative to gravity with information from the visual and somatosensory systems to mediate upright posture, postural control, and gaze stabilization. Given the highly specialized nature of this system, physical therapy management of persons with vestibular dysfunction requires additional education and training beyond what is offered in a typical entry-level physical therapy program curriculum.

The purpose of this intermediate-level course is to educate the practicing physical therapist on the management of patients with peripheral vestibular disorders in order to expand their current practice skill set into the subspecialty of vestibular rehabilitation. This will be accomplished through knowledge of functional anatomy of the vestibular system and current methods of evidence-based examination and the process of differential assessment to determine effective treatment of common peripheral vestibular disorders, or when referral is appropriate.

About the Author(s)

Janine Hatch, PT, DPT, MS, received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from New York University in 1990, and MS and DPT degrees from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions with concentrations in balance disorders in older adults and clinical management of vestibular disorders. For the past 20 years, her clinical practice has focused on the geriatric population and rehabilitation of balance and vestibular disorders in both the skilled-nursing and outpatient settings. A certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist from Emory University and APTA board-certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Janine has authored publications on the topic of balance dysfunction and is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and the American Journal for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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