BESTest workshop: Girdwood, Alaska 2013
The Hotel Alyeska - 1000 Arlberg Rd Girdwood, AK 99587
Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest) Course Description
Balance problems are the most common reason for falls and decreased quality of life. However, balance control is based on many complex neurological systems that can be affected by disease, aging and injury. It is important to evaluate the specific balance systems affected in each patient with a balance problem in order to develop effective treatments. However, current balance evaluation tests do not differentiate different types of balance problems. The purpose of this workshop is to develop skills in systematically differentiating complex balance disorders in neurological patients.
Participants will learn how to use the BESTest, miniBESTest and Mobility Lab to design specific, effective rehabilitation treatments for balance retraining. This systems approach is useful for patients with very mild balance deficits as well as patients with very complex balance deficits. Examples from patients with Parkinson’s disease and age-related sensory disorders will be used to illustrate how different balance evaluations lead to different treatments.
Contact: Katie Piraino 907-569-5557
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11:00-12:00 How to use new, objective technology for evaluation and treatment
2:00-3:30 Roundtable Work on Case Studies to Design Balance Exercises and Reports on Systems-Specific Exercise Programs