Continuing Education

Our mission is to facilitate the pursuit of professional excellence and innovative practice by providing the highest quality clinical, academic and evidence-based educational programs to our clinical instructors and physical therapists to meet the health and wellness needs of the communities in which they work.

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Evaluation and Treatment to Decrease Dizziness and Restore Balance

Featuring Brady Whetten, DPT, GCS

Location

George Fox University, 
Roberts Center 
501 Villa Road 
Newberg, Oregon

Parking is available in the  Roberts Center parking lot . A parking pass will be issued to you prior to the event. 

Cost

$362 - General Registration 
$310 – George Fox Physical Therapy Alumni

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Registration

Contact Linda Dallof at ldallof@georgefox.edu  or 503-554-2451 if you have any questions or need assistance.

Event Details

Dizziness and imbalance are the most common complaints for older adults to their physicians, and individuals with dizziness are 12 times more likely to fall. This is a major problem for our health care system as a whole. While complaints of dizziness increase with age, people of all ages are at risk for developing dizziness and vertigo.

Regardless of the treatment population you work with, there is a very strong likelihood that you will come across individuals that complain of dizziness and imbalance. Don’t get caught spinning. You can make a difference and improve the quality of life for your patients that suffer from these conditions. You can change their brain!

The purpose of this course is to equip you with the tools you need to correctly identify and treat common causes of dizziness and imbalance. The focus will be on the peripheral vestibular system, with discussion of differential diagnosis with central vestibular pathologies and non-vestibular causes of dizziness. We will discuss in depth evidence-based outcome measures with the aim of guiding interventions to help patients with dizziness and imbalance reach their optimal potential. Video case studies and lab sessions will be included to facilitate immediate clinical application.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, clinicians will be able to:

  1. Identify key components of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system
  2. Demonstrate awareness of concepts of neuroplasticity and how it relates to vestibular rehabilitation
  3. Apply principles of differential diagnosis in relation to peripheral and central vestibular disorders, and other non-vestibular causes of dizziness
  4. Apply current evidence for examination and evaluation of individuals with imbalance and vestibular dysfunction, including gait and balance, oculomotor exam, positional testing, dual tasking, and motion sensitivity testing
  5. Develop a treatment plan based on findings from the evaluation and incorporating the latest in evidence-based practice for the treatment of individuals with dizziness, vertigo and imbalance
  6. Demonstrate treatment strategies for vestibular dysfunction and imbalance, including Canalith repositioning maneuver for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular habituation, adaptation and substitution, dual-task training, and optokinetic stimulation

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Brady Whetten, DPT, GCS, received a degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Utah. He is currently practicing as a physical therapist at Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in Salem, Oregon. He specializes in working with geriatric and neurologic populations and is passionate about learning and applying the latest evidence to maximize improvements for elderly individuals and individuals with neurologic disorders, including dizziness and vertigo. He is a board-certified geriatric clinical specialist and has presented on a variety of topics dealing with geriatric and neurologic physical therapy around the country. Brady has completed the vestibular competency course through Emory University. He is currently serving on a number of committees for the Vestibular Special Interest Group of the neurology section of the APTA. Included in these responsibilities is serving on the Critical Appraisal Team for the development of clinical practice guidelines for unilateral vestibular hypofunction. 

Research Symposium

Location

Canyon Commons 101 & 102

Cost

Free

Event Details

Please join us for our sixth annual Physical Therapy Student and Faculty Rehabilitation Research Symposium. Our third-year students will be presenting on various research topics. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be served. Contact Linda Dallof at ldallof@georgefox.edu  or 503-554-2451 if you have any questions.

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