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What’s New in Vestibular Rehabilitation? Update on new clinical practice guidelines
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What’s New in Vestibular Rehabilitation? Update on new clinical practice guidelines

In partnership with Northeast District, CPTA

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: CSU Sacramento
Folsom Hall
7667 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA  95826
United States
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 x105

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Course Description

This course is designed to help clinicians who receive referrals for individuals with “dizziness” or BPPV and want to feel comfortable performing a comprehensive evaluation that leads to an appropriate plan of care with interventions including a home exercise program for simple and complex patient presentations. Material will provide clinicians with the tools to differentiate BPPV from other disorders including vestibular hypofunction, vestibular migraines, and concussions. In addition to these diagnoses, we will discuss how simple vestibular disorders can develop into more complex presentations due to comorbidities including anxiety and depression, migraines, motion sensitivity and persistent postural perceptual dizziness (3PD). Through case studies, participants will be able to incorporate the new clinical practice guidelines for vestibular hypofunction and BPPV.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe normal anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central vestibular systems
  • Describe common pathologies of the vestibular system
  • Differentiate signs and symptoms of BPPV from other diagnoses which cause dizziness and describe common pitfalls
  • Discuss the new clinical practice guidelines for BPPV and peripheral vestibular hypofunction
  • Perform a comprehensive evaluation for patients with BPPV that leads to effective treatment on BPPV in all canals
  • Perform a comprehensive evaluation for patients with vestibular hypofunction that leads to effective treatments
  • Describe complex patient presentations of peripheral vestibular disorders with co-morbidities including anxiety/depression, migraines and persistent postural perceptual dizziness (3PD)


October 20, 2018

7:45-8:00 am Registration
8:00-9:00am Lecture: anatomy and physiology as it relates to peripheral vestibular dysfunction: BPPV and vestibular hypofunction
9:00-9:15am Break
9:15-10:15am Lecture: Exam for BPPV and UVH/BVH with differential diagnosis
10:15-10:30am Break
10:30-Noom Lab- Comprehensive exam and treatment for BPPV
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:00pm Lecture: CPG on BPPV and UVH
2:00-3:15pm Lab: Comprehensive exam and treatment of UVH/BVH
3:00-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:45pm Lecture: complex presentation of individuals with peripheral vestibular (differential diagnosis from central disorders)
4:45-5:00pm Q and A


Lisa Heusel-Gillig, PT, DPT, NCS graduated from Emory University Physical Therapy Masters program in 1985. She worked in neuro-rehabilitation, both inpatient and outpatient from 1988-2001 at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. She started at the Emory Dizziness and Balance Center from 2001-present focusing on patients with vestibular hypofunction, BPPV, cerebellar disorders, older adults with fear of fall, stroke and head injury patients, and migraine patients with motion sensitivity.

She received her DPT degree in 2007 from Emory, became a board certified neurology clinical specialist (NCS) in 2011. She is certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and is on the faculty for annual Emory Vestibular competency course, as well as the advanced vestibular course and vestibular testing course. She has also has taught similar courses in Australia and New Zealand.

She has published articles including “Efficacy of gaze stability exercises in older adults with dizziness” and “Balance rehabilitation and dual-task ability in older adults”. She presented a poster at the 2013 APTA combined section meeting on “Effectiveness of Physical Therapy Intervention in Patients with Degenerative Cerebellar Ataxia.”


8.0 contact hours or 0.8 CEUs

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Format: Lecture with lab
Attire: Comfortable attire. Please dress in layers to allow flexibility and variances in room temperatures


Registration received by October 6, 2018
$300 APTA members
$480 Non-members

Add $100 for late registration.
No on-site registration permitted


All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after October 6, 2018.


CSU Sacramento, Folsom Hall
7667 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95826


$6 per day Permits can be purchased at the ticket machine outside the West Entrance of the building


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