Differential Diagnosis and Management of Vestibular Migraine vs Meniere’s Disease
The Differential Diagnosis and Management of Vestibular Migraine vs Meniere’s Disease is an interactive compare and contrast case-based learning experience. Two commonly encountered and confused diagnoses, Vestibular Migraine and Meniere’s Disease, will be addressed. These disorders present with a common history of episodic symptoms and nausea. The course will start by discussing the pathophysiology of Vestibular Migraine and Meniere’s Disease. Then the learner will be presented with subsequent cases. These cases will proceed in a sequential disclosure design. The learner will have to utilize history, outcome measures, vestibular function testing, and physical exam findings to differentiate between these diagnoses. The learner will proceed through the entire clinical decision making process from examination through intervention, using interactive features to engage the learner.
1. Evaluate evidence and determine the most appropriate assessment and prognosis for a person post stroke
2. Demonstrate the application of current evidence by working through interactive patient cases
3. Define current delivery of rehabilitation services across the continuum of care
4. Produce a plan for implementation of course principles into the learner's everyday clinical practice
Course Launched Sept 2019
April Hodge, PT, DPT, Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, received her degree as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2005 at the University of Utah. Since graduating she has spent her practice primarily treating patients with neurologic disorders throughout the continuum of care. In 2011, she became a Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. She has completed the APTA Competency Based Course in Vestibular Rehab, the Cervicogenic Dizziness Competency Based Course, and is certified in dry needling. Since 2010, Dr. Hodge has played an active role in the Vestibular Rehab Special Interest Group (SIG) as the Communication Coordinator and a member of the Online Education Committee. In 2014, she co-created the Neurology SIG for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) and serves as the Chair.
Currently, Dr. Hodge works at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia in both the SHARE Military Initiative Day Program and the Complex Concussion Clinic. She serves on a multidisciplinary team, which treats service members and civilians with concussions.
PT, DPT, NCS
Rachel Wellons, PT, DPT, NCS received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in 2002, followed by a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2003 from the University of Scranton and transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2006. She practiced physical therapy full time from 2003 to 2010 in Acute Care, Outpatient, and Inpatient Rehabilitation settings at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Wellons became a Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2009 and recertified in 2018. She attended the APTA Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency course in 2008, followed by the Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Course in 2010. Dr. Wellons has been active with the Vestibular Special Interest Group since March 2011.
Dr. Wellons joined the faculty at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans in January 2011 at the rank of Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy and was promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in July 2018. Her teaching responsibilities include Neurologic Rehabilitation and Prosthetics and Orthotics. She maintains clinical practice working with patients with balance, vestibular, and/or neurologic disorders at the LSU Health Sciences Center Department of Physical Therapy Faculty Practice Clinic. Dr. Wellons's research interests include clinical translational research with respect to balance and vestibular disorders, Interprofessional Education, Case-Based Learning, and strategies to increase clinical reasoning in Physical Therapy Education.
Lexi Miles, MPT, received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 2004. In 2008, she successfully completed the Herdman Vestibular Competency Course at American Physical Therapy Association/Emory Compentency Based Course University. She also attended the APTA Advanced Vestibular Course and the Cervicogenic Dizziness Competency Course. Miles is a full time clinician who began her career working in inpatient and outpatient neuro and spinal cord rehab. In May of 2008, she started the Vestibular Rehab program in the Otolaryngology Department at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is currently working full-time assessing and treating patients with vestibular and balance dysfunction. She also teaches the vestibular rehab content for the PT programs at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has presented intermediate level continuing education courses on Vestibular Rehab. Miles has worked with the ANPT Vestibular SIG since 2010 and served as the Vice Chair of the SIG from 2014-2019.
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