This course is designed for the therapist that seeks to master the tests associated with a vestibular examination and learn to deliver an effective vestibular rehabilitation treatment program. Expert medical contributors provide insight into the interaction between the body’s multisensory systems and the complexities of the relationship between the systems to maintain vestibular function and balance.
This course features the top medical experts on vestibular rehabilitation research and treatment. Learn the fundamentals that will help medical professionals understand dizziness from an anatomical and physiological perspective. The information then builds towards developing an understanding of the tests used to provide a comprehensive examination and treatment of patients with vestibular issues.
Often patients with dizziness have trouble getting a diagnosis. They sometimes see multiple doctors or spend years trying to figure out what is wrong with them and wondering why they have poor balance, or they are spinning. The reason for that has to do with the way our healthcare system deals with dizziness. Consider that there are many different causes of dizziness, and about 5% of the population develops this vestibular disorder every year. However, there is another 15% of the population who experience dizziness that is related to some other problem. For example, a patient might be dealing with low blood pressure or a change in medication which leads to a medication side effect. So there is a sorting problem with dizziness. When people get dizzy, they often do not know which doctor to see first, whether it be a cardiologist to assess their blood pressure situation or another specialist, perhaps an ear specialist? Often patients randomly end up going to one doctor or another who might not necessarily have the expertise to sort through the different possible causes of dizziness and determine the specific one that?s affecting them.
Develop the expertise as a therapist or medical professional by using the information presented in this course to build a foundation as an expert in vestibular rehabilitation.
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$ 175.00 USD
CE Hours: 10.0 hrs Delivered: OnlineInstant Online Access to Course Material for 365 days, Videos, Downloadable Course Manual PDF, Online Test and Printable Course Certificate with State Specific CEU approval. No DVD or physical media required, entirely online.
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“The body has several systems that are used in order to maintain your balance and you have to think about these from a systems perspective, a systems physiology perspective. First, you can use your eyes to tell whether you’re swaying forward. Then you have your inner ear, or the vestibular system, which tells you whether you’re moving, and I’ll talk about this in a minute. You have your feet which tell you whether you’re moving. There’s also your internal idea of where you are in space, in other words your brain, which is what you use to predict, like for example I start to lean forward so I’m probably forward. Your body takes all four of these streams of sensory information and uses them to help you maintain your balance and let you know where you are in space.”
“When we evaluate a dizzy patient, the most important piece of the evaluation is the patient’s story. This should include their description of the symptoms, the character of the symptoms, the timing of the symptoms, the onset of the symptoms, what makes it better, what makes it worse, and any non–dizzy symptoms that might be associated such as headache symptoms, vision symptoms, hearing symptoms.”
“These are problems that the brain can compensate for, but it takes a while, and this is accomplished more quickly if the brain always being shown there’s something wrong and through exercises that facilitate the compensation. It’s just like when something happens to the muscles in your arm, you can recover more quickly if you exercise. The result happens when the brain is compensating for the inner ears. Patients recover more quickly if they practice using their eyes, moving their head and attempting to balance all at the same time.”
“The heart of interpreting any sensory information, including that from the vestibular system, is being able to separate signal from noise and learn that the tiny motions that just fall in the noise, should probably just be ignored. But when a signal arises and gets large enough that it rises above the noise, those are the sensory signals that our brain correctly learns to interpret as motion; as such, it tries to use that information to generate the reflexes or the correct perceptions of orientation.”
“As the population ages and certainly as balance and vestibular conditions increase with age, we are all going to be treating patients with these specific issues. Also, in treating other types of patients, you might miss some key problem areas, such as, for example, some dizziness in your cervical patient or when you are laying a back patient back and they are dizzy. So it’s important to have the skills presented in this course in order to evaluate patients clinically and comprehensively.”
“If you think for a second about how delicate the utricle is you may realize then how vulnerable it is. We’ve got these hairs and then on the end of these hairs we’ve got these rocks, and you may wonder what would happen if they came loose or if the rock fell off. Suppose you bang your head up. Wouldn’t this knock some of those rocks loose? Indeed it does, not only when you bang your head but even as you age and your ear starts to deteriorate like other body parts deteriorate with age.”