Certified Vestibular and Concussion Rehab Specialist (CVCRS) ™
- Pre-requisities: This course is open to Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist assistants. This course is designed to present and review the basics of assessment, evaluation and treatment for patients who are referred to Physical Therapy due to a problem in the vestibular system . This certification course is a 2-day “16 hours course”, which is 80% hands on, and 20% lecture. After successful completion of the written and practical exam, participants will be awarded the CVCRS™ Credential.
Course Description :
This course uses evidenced-based and interactive teaching methods to help the physical therapist understand and navigate through the evaluation and treatment of the “dizzy” patient. Participants will be able to identify and treat patients with a number of diagnoses including : Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease, Vestibular Labrynthitis and Neuritis, motion sensitivity, concussion, and more. Being able to correctly diagnose these types of problems can be difficult, and requires knowledge and training in evidence-based assessment and diagnostic techniques, treatment strategies, and outcome assessments. Vestibular dysfunction put individuals at an increased risk for falls, and an effective treatment plan can help these patients reduce risk of falling and sustaining an injury. This course discusses current concepts in treating patients with vestibular function, low- and high-tech treatment strategies, and ideas for progression of patients’ exercises. You will be able to return to your patients with a new appreciation for their “dizziness” complaints, and a new arsenal of diagnostic tests and treatment strategies to target the vestibular system and help patients get past their symptoms. All participants would use the materials according to State/jurisdictional regulations.
Course Objectives :
After taking this course, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the prevalence of dizziness/vertigo in the elderly population and the general population, as well as the importance of fall risk assessment.
- Understand the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system a how it can cause dysfunction.
- Implement the best available assessment tools for the vestibular system, occulomotor function, measuring fall risk, and static/dynamic balance.
- Develop treatment plans to help improve balance and dizziness/vertigo in the elderly and the general population.
- Explore issues related to dosing exercises in the geriatric population.
- Discuss treatment strategies and vestibular contributions for concussion.
Use evidenced-based outcome assessment tools to strengthen documentation, bill correctly, and progress patients throughout their care.