Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

Balance Dysfunction is seen in patients with a variety of pathologies across all practice settings and across the lifespan and may have diverse causes. This two-day day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who have a basic knowledge of balance dysfunction and would like to refine their skills. This course will provide the participant with the skills to determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed will be evidence based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction. Special consideration will be given to pathologies such as BPPV, cervicogenic causes of dizziness and imbalance, concussion, traumatic brain injury and higher level balance training, and fall risk assessment and intervention. Participants will learn both impairment and disease specific examination techniques and will be given guidelines to identify the right examination techniques for specific diagnoses. Recommendations will be based on the APTA Neurology Section EDGE guidelines for outcome measures. Clinical skills that will be taught include assessment of sensory and motor systems that contribute to balance, cervicogenic screening, ocular motor examination, BPPV treatments, higher level balance testing, treatment of balance dysfunction across the spectrum. Laboratory time will be provided for practice of examination and intervention skills. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case application for both examination and intervention.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Compare and contrast the systems underlying balance.
  • Compare and contrast changes in the balance system with neurological, orthopedic, and vestibular pathologies.
  • Describe changes in the balance system across the lifespan.
  • Perform a balance examination including examination of sensory and motor contributions to balance.
  • Interpret the findings of a balance examination based on diagnosis and impairments.
  • Differentiate neurological, orthopedic and vestibular causes of balance dysfunction.
  • Examine and treat neurological causes of balance dysfunction including Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, peripheral nervous system disorders and cerebellar dysfunction.
  • Develop evidence-based intervention for patients with vestibular, neurological, and cervicogenic dysfunction.
  • Perform a comprehensive examination to differentially diagnose BPPV and develop a progressive program to treat BPPV.
  • Describe the pathology of vestibular balance dysfunction.
  • Examine and treat vestibular causes of balance dysfunction including cervicogenic dizziness, migraine-related vestibulopathy, anxiety related dizziness.
  • Develop a fall-risk assessment and intervention program.
  • Apply the material presented to representative patient cases.

Instructor name

Diane Wrisley, PhD, PT, NCS

I completed my post-doctoral fellowship in the Balance Disorders Laboratory at the Neurological Sciences Institute of Oregon Health & Sciences University under the mentorship of Dr. Fay Horak and Dr. Robert Perterka. Let me show you what I learned from the top professionals in the world.

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OT PT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations

March 23, 2019 - March 24, 2019

15 hours of CME credit

San Ramon Regional Medical Center

San Ramon, CA

Tuition $ 450.00



September 14, 2019 - September 15, 2019

18 hours of CME credit

Baptist Hospital of Miami

Miami, FL

Tuition $ 450.00

Call to Register 1-800-300-5512



September 21, 2019 - September 22, 2019

15 hours of CME credit

Emory Decatur Hospital

Decatur, GA

Tuition $ 450.00

Call to Register 1-800-300-5512



November 9, 2019 - November 10, 2019

15 hours of CME credit

CentraState Medical Center

Freehold, NJ

Tuition $ 450.00

Call to Register 1-800-300-5512



November 16, 2019 - November 17, 2019

15 hours of CME credit

South Shore Health System Hospital

S. Weymouth, MA

Tuition $ 450.00



State Continuing Education Course Approvals

All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

North American Seminars, Inc. is an AOTA provider for continuing education. Provider number 4487. Please download the specific course brochure for the AOTA classification and allotted AOTA hours. The AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products or clinical procedures.

Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU.

North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Call for evidence-based status. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

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Online Continuing Education Course Resource For This Course

PT PTA OT Online Continuing Education Course

Vestibular Rehabilitation - Evaluation and Treatment

Price when purchased with registration: $ 79.95

Delivery: DVD (if DVD - delivered to course site)

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