SEQUENCING EXERCISES: Generally, oculomotor exercises should progress from monocular (one-eyed) to binocular (both eyes), steady fixation on a stationary target to saccades and pursuits, large targets to small, large eye movements to small for saccades and small to large for pursuits, slow to fast—all the while working to eliminate head movement and establishing accuracy, ease, and automaticity with oculomotor skills.
Physical Therapy: Cervical, Vestibular, Oculomotor Exercises •Vince Whalen PT, DPT, MS, OCS, NCS, certMDT •Wadsworth Family Physical Therapy, Inc.
Vestibular rehabilitation uses physical therapy techniques including positional maneuvers, oculomotor exercises, balance retraining and motion tolerance exercises to treat vertigo and balance disorders. We place great importance on patient education throughout the recovery process and make it our goal to educate and assist patients in the self-management of their symptoms.
Evaluating and Intervening the Concussed Patient
Concussion, both sports-related and recreational, is a growing public health problem—especially in children and adolescents. Media coverage of concussion and concussion-related injuries from professional sports to child recreational sports has made the public acutely aware of the magnitude of this injury. As a result, many states have passed legislation on how to handle the concussed athlete and when it is safe to return to the playing field. While sports-related concussion in youth garners the headlines, the most common causes of concussion symptoms can be found in adults and the elderly who have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI) due to motor vehicle accidents (MVA) or falls. With approximately 1.7 million people—both young and old—sustaining a TBI each year, how can we successfully treat this growing patient population?
This one-day course introduces the fundamental concepts of concussion, evidence-based facts and figures, and the role we serve in concussion management as it applies to patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention. The course instructors bring their years of experience working with concussed patients to the forefront, sharing their knowledge of concussion and post-concussion syndrome management. In the lab portion of the course, you will gain valuable experience to take back to your patients by practicing proper evaluation methods, manual therapy techniques, and vestibular/oculomotor exercises. Attend this informative course to equip yourself with new skills and become more confident in your ability to manage concussed patients.