A Clinician's Guide to Balance and Dizziness: Evaluation and Treatment

Charles M. Plishka, PT, DPT
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With an increasing number of referrals to treat balance impairment, gait disorders, and dizziness, A Clinician’s Guide to Balance and Dizziness: Evaluation and Treatment by Dr. Charles M. Plishka looks to address these issues and provides tests, measures, and interventions that are matched to research studies when available, for evidence-based practice. It begins with a review of the anatomy and physiology of the systems used to balance. With a basic understanding of how we balance, the signs and symptoms of patients will be understood with much greater ease.
A Clinician’s Guide to Balance and Dizziness enables the reader to perform a complete and thorough evaluation and helps to provide treatment options for identified deficits that place the patient at risk for falls. Along with numerous diagrams and photos, this text comes with access to a web site containing video clips that demonstrate key evaluation and treatment techniques. The result will be a better evaluation, treatment plan, and outcome.
Topics and Features Include:
  • How do we balance?
  • Tests to evaluate the balance-impaired patient
  • Tests and interventions for conditions such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Vestibular Loss, and the central and peripheral causes of dizziness
  • Therapy treatments
  • “How to” instructions throughout
  • Companion web site with video clips demonstrating evaluation and treatments
A Clinician’s Guide to Balance and Dizziness: Evaluation and Treatment is an easy-to-use reference perfect for professionals who assess and treat balance impairments and dizziness. While it is an instructional text for physical therapy students and clinicians, it is also a great reference for established physicians, vestibular and balance therapy specialists, occupational therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, audiologists, and athletic trainers.

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About the Author
How to Use This Book
Chapter 1               Balance Systems
Chapter 2               History
Chapter 3               Equipment
Chapter 4               Vestibular Examination and Intervention
Chapter 5               Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Chapter 6               Vision (Oculomotor) System
Chapter 7               Musculoskeletal and Somatosensory Systems
Chapter 8               Central Processing, Memory, and Cognition
Chapter 9               Evidence-Based Practice
Chapter 10            Medications
Chapter 11            Balance Interventions
Chapter 12            Plan of Care and Examples of Documentation
Chapter 13            Case Study Examples
Chapter 14            Quick Reference


“This is an excellent resource for clinicians who evaluate and treat people with balance and dizziness. The strength of the text lies in its coverage of problems related to the vestibular system, BPPV, and oculomotor system. The videos on the accompanying website and the photographs in the book of the examinations and interventions give this book the advantage over other, similar books.”

- Daryl Lawson, PT, DSc, Elon University, Doody’s Review Service

About the Editors

Charles M. Plishka, PT, DPT earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He is the owner of Posture & Balance Concepts, LLC, which offers consulting services, program development, and continuing education courses. He teaches courses on vestibular therapy, evaluation and treatment of balance and dizziness, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Plishka is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is involved with the Vestibular Special Interest Group and the Mentoring Sub-committee of the Neurology Section of that organization.  He is also a member of the Bárány Society, which is the International Society for Neuro-Otology.
He is excited to present A Clinician’s Guide to Balance and Dizziness: Evaluation and Treatment as an easy-to-use reference and instruction for clinicians who evaluate and treat those patients suffering from dizziness and/or disequilibrium.