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East Central District - Vestibular Screening and Treatment in Physical Therapy Practice
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When: Saturday, December 2
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Youngstown State University, Department of Physical Therapy - Cushwa Hall Room B306
One University Plaza
Youngstown, Ohio  44555
Contact: Jeff Hohl

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"Vestibular Screening and Treatment in Therapy Practice: When to Refer"

Where:           Youngstown State University, Department of Physical Therapy - Cushwa Hall Room B306

When:            December 2, 2017- (registration 7:30-8:00) 8:00 AM -4:30 PM 

Who:              PTs, PTAs and PT Students

Instructor:      Andy Beltz, PT, Vestibular Therapist and Principal Investigator

Handouts:     Follow along and take notes. Download Packet #1 and Packet #2 for all the handouts.

CEUs:             7 CEUs (Approval #17S0446)

COST:             $30 for Professional OPTA Members |  $75 for Professional Non-Members | $25 for OPTA Student Members | $30 for Non-Member Students

Parking:         The parking deck is a parking option. It is $5 (cash) to park. You will need to use the Arlington Avenue entrance off of Fifth Avenue. 


Deadline:       November 25, 2017


Info:               You should be able to enter the building from the front glass door entrances that are immediately in front of/ across from Inner Circle Pizza/ Pressed Coffee. You will enter the          building there and at the top of the steps turn right. The last set of double doors on your left, before you hit the exiting doors, is the PT department. B306 is immediately to your left (another set of double doors) after passing the restrooms. The lab is across from the offices of Dr. Ken Learman and Dr. Dave Griswold. 

Presenter Bio: Andy Beltz, Physical Therapist, has specialized in helping thousands of clients battle disorders causing dizziness since May of 2000 at the Aultman Health Foundation in Canton, Ohio.  Since 2001, he has used infrared lenses (device used to study eye movements in the dark) and has been a vestibular specialty clinical instructor/capstone supervisor for 17 PT students in the outpatient setting.  He leads a vestibular rehab observation program that has served over 70 Medical Residents and has taught continuing education courses on vestibular rehabilitation since 2003.  As the principal investigator of his current clinical trial, he has enrolled over 240 clients in his diagnostic accuracy study comparing room light and fixation blocked vestibular tests. He has also recently completed a study on self efficacy in health care providers treating clients with dizziness. He is a mentor for a concussion study being conducted by one of his peers, serves as chair on Aultman’s Research Council, and is an adjunct faculty member for Aultman’s Research Academy. He has passed two of Dr. Susan Herdman’s competency based courses (Vestibular Rehab and Vestibular Function Test Interpretation and Application to Rehabilitation).  Mr. Beltz graduated from Bowling Green State University in consortium with The Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo) with his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1999. He began working in acute care at Aultman in November of 1999 and has practiced vestibular rehab in all therapy settings.   He has been a member of the APTA since 1997.

There will be basic, intermediate and advanced concepts reviewed. This course is ideal for therapists who want to assess and expand their skills helping clients who are battling dizziness.

Ideal for therapists who want to assess and expand their skills helping clients who are battling dizziness.

1.  You are evaluating a 45-year-old for headaches, neck pain, and dizziness and he suddenly develops severe spinning and vomiting. What should you do next?

2.  A 68-year-old has worked with you 3 visits on improving his balance & has made minimal progress.  Are there any simple tests that could be done to confirm the presence of a vestibular dysfunction?  Would this individual benefit from vestibular exercises?

3.  A 72-year-old who is status post 2 weeks left total knee arthroplasty, refuses to lie down to perform her exercises for fear of becoming dizzy.  She also becomes very dizzy sitting up.  Is there something more you could do to help?

With over 435 different words and phrases clients have used to describe dizziness, finding relief can sometimes be frustrating. Therapists may not always know when to try to help or refer them to a vestibular specialist.  These case studies, combined with video analysis, will be reviewed to build skills relating to screening, evaluation, and treatment of the most common vestibular disorders.  A discussion regarding when to refer clients to other practitioners will take place.

Upon completion of this seminar, the attendee will be able to:

1.      List the four most important goals for the clinician screening a client with dizziness.

2.      Define acute vestibular syndrome (AVS).

3.      Name 3 bedside tests that, when used together, may be more sensitive than MRI at identifying an acute posterior stroke.

4.      Recognize necessary clinical skills & tools needed to identify & treat a vestibular hypofunction.

5.      Describe how to evaluate & treat the most basic form of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

6.      Compare & contrast the screening process for orthostatic hypotension (OH) & BPPV.

7.      Explain when the 4 types of vestibular rehabilitation should be utilized.

8.      Discuss when clients should be referred to vestibular specialty clinics & other specialists.

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