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Falls & Balance

Course Description: Fall injuries and the corresponding detriment to patient care and facility liability have grown over the last decade. As we age, statistics show that balance is affected and falls increase. Fortunately, most causes of falls and instability can be treated successfully, resulting in improved mobility and reduced risk of falls. Register today and explore up-to-date, clinically-relevant evaluation and treatment techniques for improving balance in geriatric and neurologic patients. Patrick A. Tino will focus on how to select and use the most appropriate tools for assessing balance/risk of falls and evaluating function. You will examine the relationship between cognition, the sensory system and balance control problems and examine motor control interventions and motor learning concepts relevant to specific conditions. Leave this seminar with cutting-edge strategies and prevention techniques to improve outcomes for your patients. Learner Objectives: 1.Discuss the etiology of falls based on a systems approach. 2.List common terms and definitions related to balance and coordination. 3.Explain and discuss motor control. 4.Review examination and evaluation methods to assess vision, sensation, posture, coordination, static/dynamic balance, musculoskeletal, and neurological functioning. 5.Differentiate between central and peripheral vestibular lesions and their role in balance dysfunction and risk for falls. 6.Review the differences between OA and RA as they relate to risk of falls. 7.Discuss the role cognition plays in overall risk of falls. 8.Identify intrinsic and extrinsic causes of falls. 9.Understand the importance of pharmacology as it relates to falling. 10.Discuss and perform basic gait assessment and identify abnormalities. 11.Discuss and perform standardized balance tests, as well as treatment interventions to improve balance and prevent falls. 12.Explore the cost of falls from fracture repair to lost productivity.