BPPV - Becoming a Rock Star at Treating the Lateral Canal
BPPV is the most common cause of dizziness across the lifespan.
Despite this, BPPV is not well understood by health care practitioners, especially when it comes to treating the lateral (horizontal) canal. This leads to poor outcomes and frustration for both the patient and practitioner.
But, it does not have to be this way!
In this online course, we will use a case study to develop a step-by-step approach to improve your confidence and outcomes in treating BPPV.
By the end of the course, each participant should be able to take a history and understand bedside clinical tests to help rule in BPPV affecting the lateral canal. Then, based on the assessment be able to determine:
- Which ear is affected (this can be a challenge at times, but we have some tricks that we will share with you).
- Determine if canalith repositioning techniques, liberatory maneuvers, or further investigation is warranted.
- Expectations for outcomes and timelines for treatment.
This 60-minute online course is appropriate for all physical therapists and any health care practitioner who works with people dealing with dizziness, unsteadiness, concussion, or any head trauma.
A flow chart for treating BPPV will be available to all course participants.
BScPT, CWCE, CredMDT
Kregg has been a registered physical therapist since 1995. Over the years his caseload has shifted from solely orthopedic to a mix of orthopedic and vestibular. With this background he has also established a reputation for treating concussion, having treated athletes in the NFL, CFL, college ranks, WHL, high school athletes, and the weekend warrior.
In 1998, he took his first course in the field of vestibular rehabilitation. In 2008, he completed all of the requirements of the Vestibular Rehabilitation: a competency based course at Emory University, Atlanta Georgia. Since then he has continued to take ongoing courses throughout North America in regards to orthopedics, traumatic brain injury, and vestibular therapy. He has also been asked to teach weekend courses and present at various conferences throughout North America and Europe.
In 2010, Kregg opened North 49 Physical Therapy in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The clinic has since grown from a staff of one to seven physical therapists, where over half of the caseload consists of patients with dizziness and/or balance issues.
Patient Exercises included in this course
Standing Blind Spot Check with 90 Degree Body Turn
Backward Walking with Head Turns
Forward Walking with Head Turns
Standing Circular Ball Tracking
Active Eye Head Movement Between Two Targets - Vertical
Active Eye Head Movement Between Two Targets - Horizontal
What other courses does Kregg Ochitwa teach?
Kregg Ochitwa has several other online courses available on Embodia. You can find all of his courses by visiting this page on Embodia Academy.
Note: Some of Kregg's courses have been approved for CEUs/CPDs for PTs in the US and South Africa. If a course has been approved, there will be a FAQ on the page that provides further information.
Is a certificate of completion included with this course?
Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) will be generated. You can download this certificate at any time. To learn more about course certificates on Embodia please visit this guide.