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Welcome to the Maine Chapter APTA

Dizziness and Balance Issues in Persons Post Concussion and

 

with Traumatic Brain Injury

 

 Friday, November 14, 2014

Richard E Dyke Center for Family Business, Husson University, Bangor, ME

 

Speaker: Susan L Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA 

The course will provide an overview of the most recent evidence related to post-concussive disorders and brain injury.  The instructor will provide physical therapy case examples of persons with concussion/brain injury presenting with varying degrees of impairment in order to provide the learner with a breadth of exposure to the complexities involved in treating persons post concussion/traumatic brain injury.  All cases will incorporate the latest evidence related to management including diagnosis and intervention.

Objectives

Participants will:

  • Become familiar with the latest research and guidelines related to concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI) related balance and dizziness issues
  • Understand the key components of balance and vestibular assessment in patients with brain injury
  • Gain exposure to treatment cases that illustrate concussion/brain injury with co-morbid vestibular dysfunction
  • Gain of an understanding of latest advances in balance assessment in concussion/brain injury 
  • Understand the role of ocular motor abnormalities in the evaluation, prognosis and management of the concussed/brain injury population
  • Recognize concurrent vestibular issues often seen with TBI/concussion such as migraine, Meinere’s disease, perilymphatic fistula, anxiety, and Benign Paroxismal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Gain experience in the examination of ocular motor function
  • Participate in viewing videos of unusual eye movements and their interpretation  

Speaker

Susan L Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA, is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy.  She received her professional physical therapy education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She received her doctor of physical therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of the Health Professions. She is the Program Director of the Centers for Rehab Services (CRS) Vestibular Rehabilitation Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr Whitney practices physical therapy one day a week for CRS. She currently studies the use of virtual reality for persons with vestibular dysfunction. She has published more than 90 papers that are referenced on Medline and has written more than 20 book chapters, primarily in the area of functional balance assessment and vestibular rehabilitation. She recently co-wrote a book entitled “Vestibular Disorders: A case study approach to diagnosis and treatment.” She has clinically worked in out-patient and long-term care, acute care, and rehabilitation for the past 30 years. Dr Whitney is a Past President of the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and was a member of the BPPV guideline task for of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

Tentative Schedule

7:30-8:00 am            Registration

8:00-8:30 am            Overview of Concussion and Brain Injury

8:30- 10:00 am          Latest Advances, Research, and Clinical Guidelines

10:00-10:15 am         Break

10:15 am-Noon          Vestibular Evaluation (including Lab) (B)

Noon-1:00 pm            Lunch

1:00-1:45 pm             Case 1 – Interactive Case: A young male hockey player (A)

1:45-2:30 pm             Case 2 – Interactive Case: 35-year-old male with subdural hematoma and dizziness

2:30-2:45 pm             Break

2:45-3:30 pm             Video analysis of eye movements (Q & A)

3:30-4:15 pm             Case 3 – Interactive Case: Professional athlete (A)

4:15-4:30 pm             Q & A

 

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