Dr. Susan L. Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Interventions for BPPV in Outpatient Orthopedics

Dr. Susan L. Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Interventions for BPPV in Outpatient Orthopedics

Date: March 17th, 2018

Location: Gannon University, Erie, PA

Price: $225

Student Price: TBD

All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy as part of the Mercer-Marquette Challenge


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Course Description

Dizziness is the number one cause of office visits to physicians for patients over the age of 65.  The most common cause of dizziness is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).  In one study of older adults, 1 out of 10 persons presenting to the clinic for other medical conditions had undiagnosed BPPV.  The persons with BPPV also had a higher incidence of recent reported falls. BPPV can be seen post-operatively or after a fall.   Falls and dizziness are also a leading cause of hospital admissions with high rates of mortality and morbidity.  As rehabilitation professionals, we are often called on to treat persons with balance and/or dizziness impairments.  How can we determine if the problem is medical, mechanical, or from the often misdiagnosed problem of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo?  This course will provide you with the tools to be able to differentially diagnosis what conditions are within your scope of practice and which patients should be referred for additional follow-up care.  In addition, the program will provide hands on practice and differential diagnosis skills for indentifying both peripheral and central vestibular disorders.  All participants will have an opportunity to practice evaluation techniques and interventions for the treatment of BPPV and other vestibular disorders.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system and how it relates to pathology and function.
  2. Begin to differentiate between peripheral and central vestibular disorders.
  3. Perform various evaluation techniques specific to the patient with dizziness and those at risk for falling.
  4. Identify the signs and symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
  5. Treat BPPV (posterior and horizontal canals).
  6. Discuss cases that demonstrate typical presentations of persons with BPPV.


Continuing Education Units

General CEUs: 5.5

Direct Access CEUs: 1.5

This course is approved in: PA & NY

Course Schedule


8:00-9:00 Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology
9:00-10:15 Screening Patients for BPPV
10:15-10:30  Break
10:30-12:00 Differential diagnosis of BPPV
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-3:00 Lab Session: Practice of the Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers for Posterior, Anterior and Horizontal Canal BPPV


BPPV: What Is It and How Do I Diagnose It?

3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:30 Cases of persons presenting to an outpatient orthopedic clinic with BPPV and their management


About the Speaker


Susan L. Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA received her PhD in motor development/motor learning from the University of Pittsburgh and her professional physical therapy education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, she is a professor in physical therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and in the Department of Otolaryngology in the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. She works at the Centers for Rehab Services (CRS) Vestibular Rehabilitation practice at the Eye and Ear Building within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She has published over 110 papers that are referenced on Medline and has written over 30 book chapters, primarily in the area of functional balance assessment and vestibular rehabilitation. Dr. Whitney is past President of the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and was a member of the first BPPV guideline task for of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

January 18, 2018 |