Examination and Treatment of Peripheral Vestibular Disorders

About the Course
The purpose of this course is to educate the practicing physical therapist on the management of patients with peripheral vestibular disorders in order to expand their current practice skill set into the subspecialty of vestibular rehabilitation. This will be accomplished through knowledge of functional anatomy of the vestibular system and current methods of evidence-based examination and the process of differential assessment to determine effective treatment of common peripheral vestibular disorders, or when referral is appropriate. 
Learning Objectives
  • Identify the anatomy and peripheral vestibular physiology, and pathways underlying gaze stabilization and postural control.
  • Differentiate between the types of peripheral vestibular disorders.
  • Select appropriate examination measures based on patient report and presentation.
  • Design appropriate treatment interventions based on interpretation of examination findings.
About the Author
Janine Hatch, PT, DPT, MS
, received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from New York University in 1990, and MS and DPT degrees from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions with concentrations in balance disorders in older adults and clinical management of vestibular disorders. For the past 20 years, her clinical practice has focused on the geriatric population and rehabilitation of balance and vestibular disorders in both the skilled-nursing and outpatient settings. A certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist from Emory University and APTA board-certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Janine has authored publications on the topic of balance dysfunction and is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and the American Journal for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Hatch currently teaches and has a clinical practice at Sacred Heart University.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 5-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete:
  • An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity.
  • A mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Self-Assessment and Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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