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Management of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): Advancing Your Practice

Date and Location

October 12, 2019
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

University of Sciences Campus
Interprofessional Education Complex (IPEX), Room 105 
45rd St. and Woodland Ave.
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Program Information

This is a one day course that is to advance clinical practice in managing individuals with BPPV. Participants will expand knowledge of pathophysiology of BPPV to supports advanced skills in examination and treatment of individuals with BPPV. Participants will learn to identify individuals with typical and atypical presentations of BPPV with clinical examination including history, system review and testing procedures.  Application of standard and novel testing procedures and video nystagmus observation will be emphasized to promote enhancement of differential diagnosis. Evidence based approach will be applied to selecting and applying interventions for typical and atypical variants of BPPV. Participants will learn to recognized abnormal presentations that mimic BPPV and make appropriate recommendations for interventions and/or referrals to improve individual outcomes. Case study application will be utilized to develop comprehensive plan of cares of clients with BPPV.

Pre- and post-online content is designed to extend learning.

This course is specifically designed for licensed physical therapists, however, other health professionals and physical therapy assistants may gain knowledge and skills from this courses.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize patterns of symptoms and other signs associated with BPPV utilizing history and system review.
  • Identify the location of otoconia in the SCCs based on symptoms and positioning provoked nystagmus
  • Differentiate between BPPV, central related positional nystagmus and other vestibular and pathologies based on nystagmus provoked by positioning tests. 
  • Apply appropriated positioning tests and modification of tests to identify various forms of BPPV.
  • Utilized the best evidence on canalith repositioning maneuvers and patient observations of testing results to select the appropriate management strategies for individuals with BPPV.
  • Demonstrate 2 treatment maneuvers to resolve BPPV for each of the SCCS.
  • Adapt approach if BPPV does not resolve in expected time frame.
  • Educate patients on nature of BPPV, rationale for interventions and prognosis for treatment based on the best available evidence.
  • Determine when a referral to other health professional is required when patient have atypical presentations or refractory BPPV.


Anne K. Galgon, PT PhD, NCS
Anne Galgon is an Associate Professor at University of the Sciences and has been teaching in physical therapy education for 18 years. Her primary areas of teaching are in neuroscience, movement sciences and the clinical management of neuromuscular disorders. Anne received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University and Doctorate in Movement Sciences from Drexel University. Her current research focus is in the physical therapy management of balance and vestibular disorders. Anne has been a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1998 and has advanced training in Vestibular Rehabilitation. She has gained clinical expertise over 30 years working with adults with neurological disorders and continues to treat patients in physical therapy practices that specialize in treating individuals with balance and vestibular disorders. Anne is also the current Chair of the Vestibular Special Interest Group of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the APTA.

Eric Folkins, PT DPT, OCS
Eric Folkins is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Sciences, a certified vestibular therapist and board certified Orthopedic Specialist.  He has been treating patients with vestibular disorders for over 17 years. Eric currently is an instructor for vestibular content, exercise physiology, kinesiology and assists in the musculoskeletal track.  He received his Masters in Physical Therapy from University of Southern California and a Doctoral of Physical Therapy from Western University.  He is a member of the orthopedic, education and neurology sections and vestibular special interest group of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  He is an active member of the APTA at the local, state and national levels. He has presented at the local state and national levels.

Course Schedule

Online Components: References and Handouts.

Course Schedule: (7.5 hours contact)

Time Component

7:30 a.m.

Sign‐in and  Pretest and continental breakfast

8:00–9:30 a.m.


Review of Anatomy and Physiology

Pathophysiology, Signs and symptoms of typical BPPV: Posterior SSC BPPV

Clinical management of Posterior SSC BPPV

9:30–9:45 a.m.


9:45–11:00 a.m.

Laboratory activities: Examination and Treatment Posterior SSC BPPV

11:00 a.m.–11:45 p.m.

Clinical Thinking and Case studies.

11:45–12:45 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

12:45–1:45 p.m.

Lecture/Discussion: Clinical management on Lateral SSC BPPV

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Laboratory activities

Exam and treatment of  lateral SSC BPPV

2:45–3:00 p.m.

Break (Snacks)

3:00–3:45 p.m.

Lecture Discussion: Clinical management of Anterior SSC BPPV and differential with other causes of positional provoked dizziness  

3:45–4:30 p.m.

Clinical Thinking and case studies

4:30–5:00 p.m.

 Wrap up- Post course assessment and course evaluations

Costs and Registration

CEUs:  7.5 hours.

Cost: $275 ($225 USciences Alumni, USciences Clinical Instructors, USciences Adjunct Faculty)

Registration can only be accept through our secure online website.  Register Now.



Anne K. Galgon, PT, PhD, NCS


University of the Sciences
600 S. 4rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104