Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

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This course is a two-day advanced hands-on seminar focusing on effective identification and management of physical symptom sequella that may arise following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Through this course, participants can expect to further advance their knowledge of the complexities of the vestibular system and understand why knowledge of this system is paramount to the successful management of this diagnosis. Evidence and current practice patterns will be discussed and supported throughout the seminar.

The physical symptoms developing after a mTBI can follow many clinical trajectories, many of them mediated by or involved directly with the vestibular system. The International Consensus on Concussion in Sport suggests that rehabilitation of cervical, vestibular, oculomotor and autonomic systems can be an integral part of the recovery from a concussion. We will explore each of these dysfunctions, how to identify their clinical patterns and presentations, develop treatment paradigms and understand expected recovery outcomes and prognosis.

Sessions will focus primarily on mild TBI and we will cover a variety of pathologies that may arise as a result of a TBI. These include diffuse axonal injury, metabolic changes following a concussion, skull fractures, fistulas, post- traumatic Ménière’s, whiplash, cervicogenic dizziness, BPPV, central or peripheral vestibular dysfunction, cranial nerve damage, sensory integration defects, autonomic dysregulation and balance and gait deficits. We will discuss the current “return to play” guidelines, their limitations, and gaps in research.

This course is organized to build in skill development through case presentations, guided lab, video examples, and lectures to allow the learner to have a thorough understanding of how to systematically manage this population without getting overwhelmed. We will provide the participant with a clinical algorithm to follow based on the most current evolving evidence. Participants will be able to develop a clear concise treatment regimen, learn how to educate the patient, their family, coaches and other medical professionals on expected recovery, and “return to play” guidelines based on the best current evidence available. Finally, participants will learn what is known in the literatures, what is not known and how you as a health care provider can play a prominent role and be an advocate for normal recovery.

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