Vestibular Rehab & Balance Training

Karen Hogan-Curran, PT, DPT

Vestibular Rehab & Balance Training

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Course Highlights

  • Confidently assess, identify, and treat a range of vestibular disorders with techniques that can easily be integrated into your current therapy practice
  • In-depth demonstrations to effectively treat various causes of dizziness using efficient and effective evaluation and treatment techniques that make treatment easier on you and your patients
  • Exercise progressions that improve balance with modifications for any level of function
  • Practice labs for numerous evaluation and treatment techniques including balance testing, oculomotor exam, BPPV testing, Epley maneuver and many more.
  • Differential diagnosis techniques for vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis, SCD, Meniere's, BPPV and other vestibular disorders

Additional Info

According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, over 90 million Americans age 17 and older, have experienced a dizziness or balance problem at some point in their lives. Almost 8 million people in the US have a problem with balance that has lasted over 3 months and 2.5 million report a chronic dizziness problem. With the large amount of baby boomers entering "retirement age", there is increased concern about falling. Most people over the age of 70 reportsome problem with dizziness and balance. Balance-related falls account for more than one-half of the accidental deaths in the elderly. In addition, individuals with a diagnosed vestibular problem who also exhibit symptoms have an incidence of falling that is 12 times that of the general population. Overall, the cost of medical care for patients with balance disorders exceeds $1 billion per year in the US. Getting effective treatment is frequently complicated by thechallenge of diagnosing the specific source of the problem and finding clinicians with the knowledge and experience to treat these problems.

This interactive workshop will cover the anatomy, physiology and function of the vestibular system and the vestibular system's important role in balance and mobility. It isdesigned to give therapists and clinicians essential information needed to assess and treat uncomplicated vestibular dysfunction as well as incidence, diagnosis, and treatment of balance-related disorders. Participants will learn the various types of vestibular disorders, how they affect different populations and baseline clinical tools for appropriateevaluation and treatment strategies. Case studies and hands-on labs will be used to bring real world relevance.

  1. Determine the incidence and etiology of vestibular dysfunction.
  2. Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of the vestibular system, the various disorders and the subsequent implications on a patient's ability to perform ADLs.
  3. Describe intensity and duration of symptoms and thesignificance of past medical history.
  4. Identify various fundamental assessment tools for testing vestibular dysfunction.
  5. Describe the balance control system and the interdependence of gaze and postural stabilization on maintaining balance.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the assessment and treatment of BPPV.
  7. Identify common clinical signs and symptoms of the dizzyand imbalanced patient and how to incorporate and progress appropriate treatment.
  1. Why Therapists Need to Know How to Treat Vestibularand Balance Disorders
    1. Age and population
    2. Undiagnosed / misdiagnosed
    3. Identifying vestibular dysfunction
    4. Practical vestibular assessment and application
  2. How the Inner Ear Affects the Function of YourPatients
    1. Inner ear anatomy and function
    2. Neurophysiology of balance
    3. Common dysfunctions within the inner ear
    4. Differentiating dizziness symptoms from balance disorders
  3. Asking the Right Questions to Determine the Type ofVestibularDysfunction
    1. Significance of past medical history
    2. Mechanism of injury
    3. Symptom description, intensity, and duration
    4. Pharmacology
  4. Comprehensive Vestibular and Balance Evaluation Strategies
    1. Balance assessment
    2. Gait assessment
    3. Vestibular assessment
  5. Evaluation Practice Lab: What to Assess and How to Assess It
    1. Dix Hallpike
    2. Oculomotor testing
    3. Balance testing
  6. Identifying Vestibular Disorders Based on YourEvaluation
    1. Differential diagnosis and symptomology of vestibular disorders
    2. Labyrinthitis
    3. Vestibular neuritis
    4. Meniere's
    5. BPPV
  7. Treatment Practice Lab: Efficient Progressions to Improve Balance
    1. Central pathology
    2. Psychological implications
    3. Exercises to improve balance
    4. Progression of balance exercises
    5. Vestibular exercises
    6. Progression of vestibular exercises
    7. Epley maneuver
  • BPPV
  • Treatment Practice Lab: Efficient Progressions to Improve Balance
    1. Central pathology
    2. Psychological implications
    3. Exercises to improve balance
    4. Progression of balance exercises
    5. Vestibular exercises
    6. Progression of vestibular exercises
    7. Epley maneuver

    Karen Hogan-Curran, PT, DPT, has been a physical therapist since 1996, with clinical experience across general, cardiac, pediatric, outpatient, and vestibular rehab settings. Dr. Hogan-Curran is currently the Senior Vestibular Therapist for Peak Performance Physical Therapy in New Hyde Park, New York. Dr. Hogan-Curran is also responsible for training and evaluation of adult vestibular and balance patients with acute and chronic neurological diagnoses. She was awarded the Susan Herdman Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehab in 2002 from Emory University and spent six years at the renowned Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation where she was a senior physical therapist gaining experience with pediatrics, neurological rehab, cardiac rehab, and orthopedics. Dr. Hogan-Curran also spent one year at Rusk treating patients with vestibular and balance disorders using infrared goggles, Frenzel lenses and the Smart Balance Master.

    As an experienced program developer and trainer her presentations include such topics as vestibular rehabilitation, fall prevention, and differential assessment. Dr. Hogan-Curran received a BS cum laude in Physical Therapy from SUNY Stony Brook and earned her Post Professional Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Touro College. She is a part-time Teachers Assistant at SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Hogan-Curran is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She received her certificate for Advanced Competency in Vestibular Rehab in 2014 from the American Physical Therapy Association.


    FINANCIAL: Karen Hogan-Curran is compensated by Summit and as an instructor.

    NONFINANCIAL: Karen Hogan-Curran has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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