Continuing Education Courses > Neck Pain, Headaches, Dizziness, and Vertigo
|Price: $475 (Early Registrant Price $450)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15
An injury to the head or upper neck can upset the delicate balance of systems that orient us to our environment and help us to maintain spinal and postural stability. These injuries can manifest as a straight-ahead orthopedic pain issue or a vague set of neurologic symptoms that can be alarming to both the patient and the practitioner. The goal of this course is to present the mechanisms behind the symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, and headache so that the physical therapist has the confidence to proceed with an evidence-based treatment approach or make an appropriate referral out of physical therapy.
The therapists who attend this course will learn techniques to objectively measure the sensory and motor function of the cervical spine in addition to learning strategies to manage these impairments. Manual therapy techniques for the examination and treatment of the cervical spine will be reviewed as they pertain to the treatment of this patient population. Techniques for the examination of and treatment of concussion and peripheral vestibular dysfunction including BPPV will also be mastered in this workshop.
This course will enhance your clinical reasoning and improve your differential diagnosis skills when dealing with a patient’s complaints of acute or chronic symptoms of dizziness, vertigo or headache.
This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.
Identify key functions of peripheral vestibular organs and describe the connection between vestibular anatomy/physiology and common vestibular pathologies.
1. Recognize symptoms indicative of BPPV and explain the mechanical principles involved in the diagnosis and treatment of BPPV in each of the canals
2. Explain the differential diagnosis through physiology and symptomatology, signs and symptoms of vestibular hypofunction, vertigo, Meniere’s disease and vestibular migraines.
3. Describe the neuroanatomy and physiology of the vestibular and trigeminal systems.
4. Explain the categorization of headaches, and demonstrate manual therapy and exercise in the management of headaches demonstrate advanced palpation skills in the cervical spine.
5. Demonstrate and understand evidence-based examination and intervention techniques for the treatment of cervicogenic dizziness, peripheral vestibular dysfunction, vertigo and dizziness.
6. List the considerations involved in the treatment of patients with post concussive syndrome.
7. Demonstrate a cervical scan examination and describe when a referral to other provider is needed.
Excellent explanations and lots of lab time. [This course] helped me put together information from PT school and clinical practice
-Claire Agrawal, PT - Rockville, MD