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Physical Therapist Management of Vestibular and Other Balance Disorders (NTD)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM CST
Category: District Meetings

Dizziness, imbalance, and falls are common and significantly interfere with the ability to function and enjoy life. Vestibular Rehab Therapy (VRT) is a sub-specialty of neurologic physical therapy that focuses on evaluating and treating inner ear (vestibular) and neurological issues commonly resulting in problems with imbalance, dizziness, vertigo, or vision. Usually, finding the right specialist and getting an accurate diagnosis is the most challenging task for people with dizziness and imbalance. Due to the vast variety of symptoms and root causes, imbalance and dizziness are not always clear to your primary care doctor. Symptoms may include imbalance, a sensation of motion or spinning, vertigo, disequilibrium, dizziness, falls, and vision problems. These issues may be accompanied by difficulty concentrating, foggy-headedness, anxiety and depression. Thankfully, vestibular and balance problems are largely treatable through specialized neurological, vestibular, and balance rehab. 2CCUs

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:
1. Identify relevant functional anatomy;
2. Describe the basic function of the vestibular and human balance system;
3. Identify central versus peripheral signs, symptoms, and pathophysiology;
4. Demonstrate awareness of central versus peripheral pathologies and disorders;
5. Perform a patient interview, including identification of subjective clues;
6. State components of a vestibular examination, including positional testing;
7. Describe vestibular rehabilitation techniques, including canalith repositioning;
8. Provide relevant patient education regarding vestibular or other balance disorders;
9. Demonstrate awareness of professional and patient resources.

Dr. Valerie Johnson PT, DPT founded Balance Therapy LLC and The Parkinson’s Mind Body Institute 501c3 to best serve those living with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Johnson has a doctorate in physical therapy from Texas State University and is certified in PWR! (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery!) and BIG therapy for Parkinson’s. She is the team neuro-therapist for the Dallas Mavericks, providing comprehensive concussion evaluations and treatments. Dr. Johnson also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Texas Chapter of the Parkinson’s Foundation. She teaches dance and movement classes for Parkinson’s along with individual Physical Therapy evaluations and treatments. Dr. Johnson founded The MIND Program (Movement Initiative for the Newly Diagnosed) and co-founded Endeavor Parkinsonology. Both are programs bringing free physical therapy, exercise classes, resources, and educational programs to the local Dallas-Fort Worth Parkinson’s community. Dr. Johnson attended Emory University to earn the Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Certificate sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association. She has additional certifications and training in concussion testing and rehab, advanced vestibular rehab, vision retraining, functional movement disorders, dystonia, and Pilates.

6:45-7:00pm Business Meeting
7:00-9:00pm - CCU Event

You must login to your TPTA Member Account to receive member pricing. Do not create a new login. If you are unable to login to your member account, email [email protected] for assistance. 

PT/PTA Members: $10
PTA/PTA Non-Members:  $15
Students: $0

Additional Locations
Live Online Only

Cancellation Policy 

You must register for the meeting. Registration is used in the attendance verification process. Registration closes at noon (CST) on 1/18/2022. In order to receive credit, you must be logged in for the full course and complete the course evaluation. Credits will be issued by February 1, 2022Credits are only issued to PTs/PTAs. Please allow until then for processing. You will log in to the same account used for registering to retrieve your transcript. Please wait until after that date to contact TPTA if your CCUs have not posted on your transcript. Please check your email, including SPAM folder for your confirmation that includes the meeting login information and link to the course evaluation. The subject of the email is "Physical Therapist Management of Vestibular and Other Balance Disorders".

Registration closed.

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