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Vertigo is defined as the illusion of movement of oneself or of the environment. It is caused by dysfunction of the vestibular system. However, there is a range of non-vestibular conditions that cause similar symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness or a sensation of floating or swimming. Patients may use the term vertigo interchangeably with these other types of dizziness, so it is essential to conduct a thorough subjective and objective evaluation in order to determine the nature and cause of a patient’s symptoms.
This course aims to introduce you to the assessment of the vestibular patient, including the subjective evaluation, objective tests and specific outcome measures.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.9 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- discuss the components of the subjective and objective assessment of vestibular patients
- describe seven conditions which should be considered in the subjective assessment of vestibular patients
- justify the use of specific outcome measures on vestibular patients
- interpret the results of the subjective and objective assessment of a vestibular patient based on a case scenario
Tim van Buitenen
This course is very high quality. I highly recommend it! Very densely packed with useful knowledge. You will be able to apply this information immediately in the practice.
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
As a student I'd say Physioplus has given me an exceptional opportunity to enhance my clinical thinking skills and gain extra experience in a whole different field of study... in the comfort of my own home!