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New Advances in Vestibular Rehabilitation

presented by Susan Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

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Financial— Susan Whitney is a speaker for Interacoustics and for the APTA, as well as a Director on the APTA Board of Directors. Susan Whitney receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course will describe the latest advances in vestibular rehabilitation from around the globe, and will provide the learner with ideas about why their patients do not get better. The course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who treat persons with balance and/or vestibular disorders. Treatment ideas might also be helpful for persons who are physical therapist assistants and COTAs. The information shared in this course is appropriate in any clinical setting as persons with dizziness and balance disorders are seen across settings. Examples of virtual reality devices, infrared googles, and novel treatment paradigms will be shared. In addition, new testing methods will be described that can help to optimize intervention. A discussion of the negative prognostic factors related to recovery will be provided with case examples to help clinicians' better goal set and develop their treatment plan.

Meet Your Instructor

Susan Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

Susan L. Whitney received her PhD in motor development/motor learning from the University of Pittsburgh, her professional physical therapy education from Temple University in Philadelphia, and her DPT from MGH Institute of Health Professions. Currently, she is a professor in physical therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and treats clinically for the…

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1. The Use of Technology in Persons With Vestibular Disorders

In this chapter the learner will be exposed to various virtual reality technologies and infrared googles that are being used or are being developed to enhance care in persons with vestibular disorders.

2. The Use of Other Advanced Technologies in the Treatment and Diagnosis of Persons With Vestibular Disorders

New concepts and technologies will be discussed including the use of the vestibular head impulse test, new chairs for repositioning with BPPV, advances in training of the VOR and technology that can reduce the risk of falling.

3. What Does the Literature Say About Why People Don’t Get Completely Better After a Vestibular Disorder?

Evidence related to factors that may delay or impede recovery in persons with vestibular disorders will be provided. Physiologic and psychologic factors may contribute to either better recovery or a challenged recovery. Recognition of these factors a priori can assist the physical therapist in optimal treatment planning and in projecting how long it will take for them to improve from their vestibular disorder.

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