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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Part I: Differential Diagnosis

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Part I: Differential Diagnosis     $89.85

This lecture is part of the following course:
The Dizzy and Imbalanced Patient


This course is aimed at physical therapists and physicians who are treating patients presenting with complaints of dizziness and/or balance problems. The participant will be able to use the skills learned in this short course to differentiate between central, peripheral and cervical vestibular patients, treat those who are appropriate and refer those who are not.

The lecture begins with a discussion of the differential diagnosis process as it relates to patients with complaints of dizziness. Normal postural control mechanisms are presented next, focusing on how dysfunctions in these mechanisms lead to patient complaints of dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance, difficulty walking and falls. In this context, Dr. Landel discusses how to differentiate between benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Menière’s disease, unilateral and bilateral vestibular loss, as well as the clinical tests used to measure vestibular function. The lecture concldes with an overview of the problems with postural control in the elderly and a comparison of several clinical tests and their usefulness in identifying those at risk for falling.

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.

Contact Hours: 3.00


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

Given a patient with a complaint of dizziness, upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the differential diagnostic process
  2. Develop a list of differential diagnoses
  3. Distinguish between common causes of dizziness
  4. Discuss the mechanisms of postural control
  5. Design an assessment of fall risk
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