Dates: May 16-18, 2014
Location: University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Course Type: Live Seminar | PTs Only
Presenter(s): Susan L. Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS, FAPTA
CEUs: 1.7 CEUs or 17 contact hours
Description: Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update is geared for clinicians (physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and audiologists) who have a basic knowledge of vestibular disorders. The program content will be at an advanced level and 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, innovative therapies for person with vestibular disorders, clinical and functional neuroimaging, and bedside evaluation of the person with dizziness with a lab component. Each of the speakers is an expert from one of several disciplines including physical therapy, neurology, otology, gerontology, psychology, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, bioengineering, and neuroscience. There are scheduled question and answer periods following each session at which participants can ask the entire faculty questions.
Keynote speakers include Dr. Joseph Furman and Dr. Susan L. Whitney. Dr. Furman is codirector of the course and has numerous Medline references to his credit. He is coauthor of the book entitled "Vestibular Disorders: A Case Oriented Approach" published by Oxford University Press. He has recently published the 3rd edition with Dr. Stephen Cass and Dr. Susan Whitney. Dr. Furman has been an NIH supported clinician-scientist his entire career and is a board certified neurologist.
Dr. Whitney is a physical therapist who has published extensively. She is the program director of the Centers for Rehab Services at the Eye and Ear Institute and has treated persons with vestibular disorders for more than 25 years. She is the chair of the Vestibular Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association and is an active clinical researcher. Drs. Furman and Whitney will conduct the lab/cases together to provide a unique physician/physical therapist team perspective.
There will be tours of the virtual reality lab, of the vestibular psychophysics lab, a chance to view some audiologic assistive devices, a visit to a "high tech" gait lab that studies slips and falls in older people, a tour of the Senior Mobility Aging Reseach and Training Center, and an opportunity to view our dynamic visual acuity/gaze stabilization test equipment. There are scheduled question and answer periods following each session at which participants can ask the entire faculty questions.
There is also an opportunity for participants to become more directly involved in the learning process by contributing their own observations. Participants who are interested in presenting a case study are encouraged to contact the program organizers.
Please visit University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Science to register and for more information.