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North American Seminars Receives Texas Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course Approval For Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

Franklin. TN (PRWEB) November 30, 2013

This course is a Two-day, advanced seminar focusing on balance and vestibular sequellae that may arise following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The cause of concussions can be varied, from sports related injuries, car accidents, falls, to the more unique and complex mTBI sustained by the thousands of returning soldiers from war zone regions. While at first glance, it appears that blast and blunt traumas can result in similar injuries, the course will emphasize the differences present.

This physical therapy continuing education course is designed to aid in the identification of vestibular and balance deficits following a concussion. The participant will learn what types of diagnoses are most common following a concussion, expected recovery, outcomes and prognosis. We will cover a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, complex cases of BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve damage, fistulas, traumatic Meniereâ's, whiplash, motion intolerance, exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions. We will discuss current ˜return to play" guidelines, their limitations and how balance plays an important role.

Case studies will be introduced so that participants will learn to systematically approach the examination, establish a working diagnosis and develop treatment plan and finally exercise prescription. Case studies will include several videos examples, focusing on key features to aid in interpretation of eye movement patterns and developing differential diagnosis from skills learned during lab.

This two day physical therapy continuing education course is organized to build in complexity, through case presentations, guided lab and lectures to allow the learner to have a thorough understanding of how to manage this population without getting overwhelmed. Throughout the course evidence based practice is emphasized. Participants will be able to develop clear, concise treatment regimen, learn how to educate patient, families and coaches on when is the best time to “return to play”. Finally, participants will learn what is known in the literature, what is not known and how you as a health care provider can play a prominent role.

PT Continuing education course objectives for Traumatic Brain injury Course

  • Understand what the symptom cluster known as post concussion syndrome, expected outcomes and literature updates

-Identify possible barriers to rehabilitation following a concussion and how to address to maximize outcomes in the most efficient, cost effective manner

  • Understand the areas of possible damage to the vestibular system following a mTBI or concussion
  • Develop advanced understanding and knowledge of how to choose the most appropriate tests to differentially diagnose vestibular and balance deficits following TBI
  • Build on your “usual” balance and vestibular interview & evaluation tools and apply it to this complex population
  • Learn to evaluate the visual system and identify abhorrent eye movement and what it means to rehab and outcomes

= Understand whiplash associated dizziness, literature update and how to effectively manage

  • Identify and develop appropriate examination and treatment options for a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve injuries, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance,exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions
  • Master individualized treatment programs for peripheral, central vestibular and/or balance deficits following a head injury.
  • Describe the importance of multi-sensory damage and interdisciplinary management
  • Apply “return to play” guidelines in a more useful, clinically relevant manner
  • Understand how technological advances can help in your clinic, and how to utilize low cost evaluation and treatment tools

The 2014 continuing education course for PT will be presented at:

Methodist Dallas Medical Center on February 15-16, 2014 - Dallas Texas

Vital Rehabilitation on April 26-27, 2014 - Chicago, IL

UHS- Summerlin Hospital on May 31-June 1, 2014 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Palomar Health Downtown Campus on August 23-24, 2014 - Escondido, CA

Multicare Tacoma General Hospital on September 20-21, 2014 - Tacoma, WA

San Ramon Regional Medical Center on October 4-5, 2014 - San Ramon, CA

St. Anthony's Medical Center on November 8-9, 2014 - St. Louis, MO

Visit Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions for updated dates and locations.

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