VR1: Vestibular Rehab 1: BPPV and Vestibular Hypo-Function


This is a comprehensive course and will include differential assessment, skilled evaluative techniques, special tests, and strategic treatment of vestibular pathologies, hypo function and cervical dizziness.

Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, ATs
Instructional Level: Intermediate
CEUs: 16 hours

SKU: N/A Category:

Course Rationale

This course will provide attendees with a relevant review of anatomy and physiology and how it relates to function of the vestibular system and the diagnosis of BPPV.  Upon completing this course, participants will have a deeper understanding of how the vestibular system works including mechanisms and contributions from other regions.  This deeper understanding will allow the participant to more completely and fully assess and manage patients with vestibular dysfunction, specifically BPPV and vestibular hypofunction.  VR is an excellent course for those that work in the outpatient setting and would like to feel more comfortable with Vestibular pathologies.  This course is designed for students, PTAs, OTs and PTs regardless of background in vestibular education.

Course Objectives

  • Recall the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system and its role in positional vertigo.
  • Understand and be able to describe the mechanisms of BPPV for both physician and patient education
  • Participants will be able to perform an effective vestibular examination with special tests and balance testing as well as appropriate differential diagnosis.
  • Interpret clinical tests for the treatment diagnosis of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
  • Summarize the evidence supporting canalith repositioning techniques including demographics and pathologies.
  • Describe and perform the sequence of positions for canalith repositioning techniques.


Saturday Agenda

Time Topic
7:30-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-8:15 Course Introduction, Overview, Objectives
8:15-9:15 Epidemiology, Anatomy and Physiology
9:15-10:15 Anatomy and Physiology con’t: nystagmus
10:15-11:15 Subjective Examination
11:15-12:00 Lit Review, Mechanisms
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Objective Examination: neuro exam, UCI
2:00-3:00 Objective Examination con’t: oculomotor, BPPV
3:00-4:00 Differential Diagnosis Discussion
4:00-5:00 Round Robin, Q&A, wrap-up


Sunday Agenda

Time Topic
7:30-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-9:00 Review and Questions from Saturday
9:00-10:00 BPPV Special Testing Review and Performance
10:00-11:00 BPPV Special Testing con’t: Hall-Pike Dix
11:00-12:00 BPPV Treatment: Epley, Modified Epley
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 BPPV Treatment con’t: Semont
2:00-3:00 BPPV Treatment con’t: Gufoni
3:00-4:00 BPPV Treatment con’t: Casanii
4:00-5:00 Round Robin, Q&A, wrap-up




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