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The Science of Fall Prevention

October 20-21, 2018

Registration deadline is October 5, 2018. There will be a $50 late fee for registrations received after October 5th, if there is room in the course.


PT Building
2600 East Rosser Avenue
Bismarck ND


The NDPTA has reserved a block of rooms at the Sleep Inn & Suites, 1510 East Century Avenue, Bismarck. (701) 751-4860. Cost is $79 per night, single or double. Please mention the NDPTA when reserving your room by October 5th to receive this rate.

Course Description

What is the difference between screening and testing? What is the science of imbalance? What are the differences among unsteadiness, imbalance, dizziness, lightheadedness, and vertigo? How do I document to prove my worth, my role, or this patient's potential? What is the evidence for helping someone improve balance? What is the best method to select the most sensitive and responsive balance test for each patient? What psychological influences could be involved with this person? The answers to these questions and more are in this seminar intended for advanced dizziness management - differential diagnostics and treatment understanding mechanisms beyond the vestibular system. Expect practical techniques, readily applied to the clinic, incorporating current evidence and revealing future advances in balance and dizziness rehabilitation.

Course Objectives

  1. Identify fall-risk screening tools known to improve examination selection and probability of fall risk.
  2. Select and conduct appropriate tests in an effort to identify patient skill in function, sensori-motor capacities, and impairments.
  3. Select and conduct measures, gather data, and design of an individualized treatment plan to reduce fall risk.
  4. Apply an individualized intervention strategy to reduce fall risk for older adults and monitor response to treatment interventions with objective measures.

Course Schedule

Saturday, October 20th

7:30 - 8:00 - Registration
8:00 - 8:10 - Introduction
8:10 - 8:45 - Define fall risk and balance the functional and economic consequences in the U.S.
8:45 - 9:15 - The physiology of balance
9:15 - 10:00 - The physiologies of imbalance, dizziness, and vertigo - including systems affected
10:00 - 10:10 - BREAK
10:10 - 10:50 - Defining and identifying evidence-based screening measures
10:50 - 11:50 - Defining balance examination measures and documentation
11:50 - 1:15 - LUNCH (on your own)
1:15 - 3:40 - Interventions in balance and fall prevention: Rehabilitative and Restorative: balance, deconditioning, pain, dizziness, vertigo
3:40 - 3:50 - BREAK
3:50 - 4:50 - Interventions in balance and fall prevention: Compensatory
4:50 - 5:30 - Documentation in a manner that will demonstrate skilled therapy and justify reimbursement for fall prevention and imbalance

Sunday, October 21st

8:00 - 10:40 - Applications in fall prevention: Case Studies
10:40 - 10:50 - BREAK
10:50 - 11:45 - The future of treatment: Technological advances in gait analysis and fall prevention
11:45 - 12:15 - Questions and summative comments

Course Faculty

Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, received his physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991. He received his post-professional MHS degree in physical therapy with neurologic emphasis from the University of Indianapolis. He has been board-certified as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1995 and has been designated a Certified Exercise Expert in the Aging Adult (CEEAA) designation by the Academy of Geriatric PT since 2011. Mike has served as the Vice-president of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the APTA and has been the chair and vice-chair of several special interest groups at the national level in each of the Academies of Neurologic and Geriatric PT, including Balance and Falls, Stroke, and the Practice Committee in Neurology. He is a full-time treatment therapist at and founder of Northwest Rehabilitation Associates, in Oregon. Mr. Studer has presented courses and published numerous articles on neurologic and geriatric rehabilitation since 1995 and has authored and co-authored several book chapters on stroke, PD, and preventative care as well. Mike is now regularly a guest lecturer on a national and even international basis at several universities and national meetings on the topics of balance, motor control, motor learning, cognitive impairment, and case management.