Management of Vestibular-Related Dizziness in Geriatrics

Presented by Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS

Meet Your Instructor

  • Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS
    Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS

    Director of the Otolaryngology Vestibular and Balance Center at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Clinical practice focused on vestibular diagnostic testing and vestibular rehabilitation. Adjunct faculty at Misericordia University, Department of Physical Therapy. Graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy 1996. Attained competency certification in “Vestibular Rehabilitation” and “Vestibular Function Test Interpretation”. Graduate of the University of Scranton, Doctorate in Physical Therapy 2009. Since 1999, Jeff has lectured at professional conferences, universities and continuing education courses for audiologists, physicians and therapists involved in managing patients with dizziness and imbalance. Developed a teaching website “” designed to provide information to assist clinicians in the management of dizziness and imbalance.

Learning Objectives

  • Based on patient history, identify the common features of:
    • Unilateral vestibular disorders
    • Bilateral vestibular disorders
    • Central vestibular disorders
  • Identify specific variants of BPPV
  • Perform appropriate canalith repositioning maneuvers
  • Prescribe appropriate exercises to address compensation for vestibular loss
  • Identify indications for further diagnostic testing / medical referral


5:00pm-5:20pm Chapter 1: Introduction / Anatomy and Physiology of the Vestibular System
5:20pm-5:35pm Chapter 2: Critical Elements of History
5:35pm-5:50pm Chapter 3: Nystagmus Identification
5:50pm-6:10pm Chapter 4: BPPV: Etiology, Testing, Differential Diagnosis
6:10pm-6:20pm Break
6:20pm-6:40pm Chapter 5: Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers: Horizontal and Posterior Canal
6:40pm-7:00pm Chapter 6: Identification of Vestibular Hypofunction
7:00pm-7:20pm Chapter 7: Vestibular Rehabilitative Treatment of Vestibular Hypofunction
7:20pm-7:40pm Chapter 8: Indications for Medical / Surgical Management
7:40pm-7:45pm Break
7:45pm-8:15pm Question and Answer Session