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Jeff Walter

DPT, NCS

Jeff Walter, DPT, NCS, is the director of the Otolaryngology Vestibular and Balance Center at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. His clinical practice focuses on vestibular diagnostic testing and vestibular rehabilitation. He is an adjunct faculty member at Misericordia University's Department of Physical Therapy and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (1996).

Jeff Walter attained competency certification in vestibular rehabilitation and vestibular function test interpretation and has a doctorate in physical therapy (2009) from the University of Scranton. Since 1999, Jeff has lectured at professional conferences, universities, and continuing education courses for audiologists, physicians, and therapists involved in managing patients with dizziness and imbalance.

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Management of Vestibular Disorders: Case Studies (Recorded Webinar)

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Management of Vestibular Disorders: Case Studies (Recorded Webinar)

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Video Runtime: 121 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 22 Minutes

Using a case-based approach, this webinar will reinforce the effective management of adults presenting with dizziness. The webinar will include instruction in obtaining relevant history, synthesis of a prioritized bedside examination, discussion of pertinent laboratory testing/imaging, formulation of a differential diagnosis, and treatment concepts. This course will focus on practical management of dizziness through a series of case studies, which will encompass both peripheral and central vestibular disorders. Indication for medical referral will also be discussed.

It is strongly recommended that the learner be knowledgeable in the fundamentals of vestibular rehabilitation prior to completing this webinar. The webinar is appropriate for audiologists, physicians, and physical/occupational therapists.

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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: Managing Atypical Presentations (Recorded Webinar)

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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: Managing Atypical Presentations (Recorded Webinar)

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Video Runtime: 118 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

BPPV is a common condition in adults and is typically amenable to treatment. This webinar will focus on advanced BPPV concepts. We will review complications of canalith repositioning maneuvers, including canal conversions, and demonstrate treatment alternatives for refractory posterior canal BPPV. We will also take a close look at identification and treatment of atypical BPPV variants, discuss formulation of optimal sequencing of maneuvers for multicanal BPPV, and examine the concept of "canal jam," along with treatment suggestions.

It is strongly recommended that the learner be knowledgeable in the fundamentals of BPPV prior to completing this advanced-level webinar. This webinar is appropriate for audiologists, physicians, and physical and occupational therapists with experience in the management of vestibular disorders.

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Vestibular Examination: Oculomotor Testing

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Vestibular Examination: Oculomotor Testing

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Video Runtime: 77 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

This course will focus on instruction to enhance a clinician's ability to select, administer, and interpret oculomotor testing in individuals presenting with vestibular-related complaints. Content will include training on findings suggestive of unilateral vs. bilateral vs. central vestibular involvement. An emphasis will be placed on testing of the vestibulo-ocular reflex. Recognizing a deficiency in the vestibulo-ocular reflex can be an indication for the use of vestibular rehabilitation. Testing will include oculomotor screening, dynamic visual acuity, head impulse, head shake, hyperventilation, and mastoid vibration testing. Video case examples will be reviewed to facilitate application of content. This course will also include a question-and-answer session with Neil Shepard, PhD, regarding laboratory-based vestibular function testing. The course is appropriate for audiologists and occupational/physical therapists and assistants.

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Vestibular Examination: Postural Control Testing

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Vestibular Examination: Postural Control Testing

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Video Runtime: 36 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 28 Minutes

Balance testing provides valuable insight into the functional impact of a vestibular disorder. Postural control testing can offer information into how efficiently vestibular cues are being utilized for balance. Instruction will emphasize common postural control tests utilized in individuals with vestibular disorders. Content will focus on proper selection, administration, and interpretation of balance testing. Bedside postural control testing will be discussed, including the Modified Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction in Balance. Use of performance-based measures will be reviewed, including the Timed Up and Go Test, Four-Square Step Test, 5-Times Sit-to-Stand Test, and the Dynamic Gait Index. Indications of high fall risk will be discussed, along with traits of a "functional" balance disorder. Video examples will be provided to reinforce content. The course is appropriate for audiologists and occupational/physical therapists and assistants.

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Vestibular Compensation Exercises and Clinical Resources

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Vestibular Compensation Exercises and Clinical Resources

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Video Runtime: 64 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 7 Minutes

Course instruction will emphasize suggested exercises to address modifiable impairments related to vestibular hypofunction. Mechanisms involved in the resolution of head-motion-induced oscillopsia and postural instability following vestibular loss will be discussed. Exercise suggestions will focus on head-motion-induced oscillopsia and postural instability. Instruction will focus on proper treatment administration and progression. Improvements in dynamic vestibular-related impairments can facilitate improvements in activities of daily living. The course will also include a question-and-answer session with Danielle Tate, DPT, regarding suggested vestibular-related testing and treatment equipment. Additionally, the course will discuss recommended resources to promote professional growth in vestibular rehabilitation. The course is appropriate for audiologists and occupational/physical therapists and assistants.

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BPPV Pathophysiology and Differential Diagnosis of Positional Vertigo

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BPPV Pathophysiology and Differential Diagnosis of Positional Vertigo

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Video Runtime: 83 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 36 Minutes

BPPV is the most common cause of peripheral vestibular dysfunction and is typically identified and treated with positioning maneuvers. The pathophysiology of BPPV will be reviewed in detail, as will demographic features, predisposing factors, and estimated prevalence of BPPV. This course will include a thorough discussion of canalithiasis and cupulolithiasis, including specific clinical implications. Nystagmus characteristics of BPPV variants will be discussed, and subjective and secondary BPPV will be reviewed. Additionally, differentiating features of alternative (non-BPPV) causes of positional vertigo will be discussed. Video-based cases and decision-making algorithms will be shared to reinforce content. This course will also include a question-and-answer session with Michael Teixido, MD. The course is appropriate for audiologists and occupational/physical therapists and assistants.

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Diagnostic Maneuvers for BPPV

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Diagnostic Maneuvers for BPPV

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Video Runtime: 46 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

This course will review positioning tests utilized in the differential diagnosis of positional dizziness and will include testing for posterior and horizontal canal canalithiasis and cupulolithiasis. Instruction will emphasize proper performance and interpretation of diagnostic maneuvers. Training in the following diagnostic maneuvers will be included: loaded Dix-Hallpike test, sidelying test, half Dix-Hallpike, reverse Dix-Hallpike, supine roll test, and bow and lean test. Testing-related management guidelines will be reviewed. Modification of testing for individuals with mobility restrictions will be discussed. Demonstration of maneuvers and case-based videos will be utilized to reinforce teaching objectives. The course is appropriate for audiologists and occupational/physical therapists and assistants.

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Treatment Maneuvers for BPPV

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Treatment Maneuvers for BPPV

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Video Runtime: 73 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 33 Minutes

The course will review canalith repositioning maneuvers utilized to treat horizontal and posterior canal BPPV. Instruction will emphasize proper performance of the treatment maneuvers. Treatment-related management guidelines will be reviewed. Training in the following treatment maneuvers will be included: modified Epley maneuver, liberatory (Semont) maneuver, Gufoni maneuver, and cupulolith repositioning maneuver. Demonstration of maneuvers and case-based videos will be utilized to reinforce teaching objectives. The course will include a BPPV treatment-related question-and-answer session with neurotologist Michael Teixido, MD. The course is appropriate for audiologists and occupational/physical therapists and assistants.

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Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology

Presented by Jeff Walter, DPT, NCS

Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology

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Video Runtime: 58 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

This course will include instruction in anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system. Completion of this course is highly recommended prior to completion of other MedBridge vestibular course offerings. The course content promotes improved understanding of common complaints associated with vestibular disorders, along with enhanced understanding of the rationales for vestibular examination and treatment procedures. The course will review detailed sensory functions of the semicircular canals and otolithic organs. Dark cell and otoconia structure and function will be reviewed, which is essential to understanding benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Motor functions of the vestibular system will also be reviewed, including their critical contribution to gaze stabilization and postural control. The course is appropriate for audiologists and occupational/physical therapists and assistants.

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Identification and Management of Unilateral Vestibular Disorders

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Identification and Management of Unilateral Vestibular Disorders

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Video Runtime: 101 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 36 Minutes

The course will review the features of unilateral vestibular dysfunction (excluding BPPV, which is reviewed in detail in other courses). Common pharmacologic agents utilized in the management of vestibular-related symptoms and associated rehabilitative implications will be discussed. Stable and unstable/progressive unilateral disorders will be reviewed along with appropriateness of vestibular rehabilitation. Content will include a detailed discussion of vestibular neuritis, anterior vestibular artery ischemia, labyrinthitis, Meniere's disease, vestibular schwannoma, and superior canal dehiscence. The course will also include a question-and-answer session with Michael Teixido, MD. Indications for further medical management/diagnostic investigation will be reviewed. The course is appropriate for audiologists and occupational/physical therapists and assistants.

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Bilateral Vestibular Disorders and PPPD

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Bilateral Vestibular Disorders and PPPD

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Video Runtime: 46 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 28 Minutes

This course will review the specific features and management options for bilateral vestibular disorders (BVD) and persistent postural perceptual dizziness (PPPD). Etiologic factors for BVD, including aminoglycosides, will be discussed, and the common circumstances that lead to PPPD will be reviewed. Treatment guidelines will be reviewed for both BVD and PPPD, including the role of vestibular rehabilitation. An interview with an individual with bilateral vestibular loss will be shared. The course will include a PPPD-related question-and-answer session with Neil Shepard, PhD, professor emeritus, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. The course is appropriate for audiologists and occupational/physical therapists and assistants.

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Central Vestibular Disorders and HINTS Testing

Presented by Jeff Walter, DPT, NCS

Central Vestibular Disorders and HINTS Testing

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Video Runtime: 54 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

The course will review the features of central nervous system disorders that may present with vestibular-related issues. Content will include a detailed discussion of vertebrobasilar insufficiency, cerebellar-origin dizziness (including Chiari malformation), multiple sclerosis, and white matter disease. To enhance the clinician's ability to recognize concerning examination findings, a series of video-based examples of CNS-origin ocular impairments will be reviewed. Indications, application, and interpretation of bedside HINTS will be reviewed to increase recognition of potentially sinister causes of vestibular symptoms. Video examples of the components of HINTS testing will be shared. The course is appropriate for audiologists and occupational/physical therapists and assistants.

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Management of Vestibular-Related Dizziness in Geriatrics (Recorded Webinar)

Presented by Jeff Walter, DPT, NCS

Management of Vestibular-Related Dizziness in Geriatrics (Recorded Webinar)

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This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from standard MedBridge courses. This evidence-based webinar will train clinicians in the practical management of vestibular-related dizziness in the geriatric population and include instruction in anatomy and physiology, identification of abnormal eye movements, examination and treatment procedures, and indications for further medical management of dizziness. The webinar is intended to enhance the clinician's ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) for common vestibular disorders in the geriatric population. The identification and management of BPPV variants and vestibular hypofunction will be emphasized.

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Jun 23, 2022

Management of Vestibular Disorders: Case Studies

Presented by Jeff Walter

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Jun 14, 2022

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: Managing Atypical Presentations

Presented by Jeff Walter

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Nov 14, 2018

Management of Vestibular-Related Dizziness in Geriatrics

Presented by Jeff Walter

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