Education Resources Inc has announced the availability of an Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation online series to assist healthcare professionals in addressing the increasing prevalence of dizziness, vertigo, balance issues, and post-concussion syndrome.

Education Resources Inc is a provider of continuing education for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, assistants, educators, and other healthcare professionals.

A news release issued by the organization notes that the series is recommended for physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, nurses, physician assistants, neurologists, otolaryngologists, and emergency room professionals who have had experience with or have previously taken a 2-day introductory course in vestibular rehabilitation.

The release notes that course participants have the ability to access the series for 1 year in order to hone their differential diagnosis and treatment skills at their convenience. Additionally, participants will receive downloadable handouts and may earn 11 continuing education hours upon completing the series.

Course topics include advanced BPPV, cervicogenic dizziness, and challenging vestibular disorders such as post-concussion syndrome.

The Advanced BPPV session, the release says, places a key focus on differential diagnosis, advanced assessment, and techniques for treatment of patients with vertigo from BPPV. The Cervicogenic Dizziness session centers on the assessment and treatment of cervicogenic dizziness, and how to distinguish it from central vestibular deficits. The series’ third session outlines the assessment and treatment of patients with vertigo and disequilibrium from unusual vestibular causes.

According to the release, course participants will distinguish among causes of dizziness such as concussion, Chronic Subjective Dizziness (Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness), anxiety, Superior Canal Dehiscence, Fistula, migraine, and Meniere’s disease. Through case studies, demonstrations, extensive directed lab practice, and lecture, participants will advance their skills in vestibular rehabilitation.

Instructor Richard Clendaniel, PT, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Community & Family Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy Division at Duke University Medical Center. Before he joined the faculty at Duke, the release says Clendaniel was on faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, where he was director of the Vestibular Rehabilitation program. He sits on the advisory board of the Vestibular Rehabilitation Association (VEDA) and maintains an active practice evaluating and treating patients with vestibular disorders and dizziness. Clendaniel’s primary research is in the normal function of the vestibular system and the plasticity of the vestibular system following injury, the release adds.

[Source: Education Resources Inc]