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Vanessa Simpson attends NOTSA!

 You never stop learning!

As therapists we are always learning. It was an absolute pleasure to attend the Neuro-Otology Society of Australia’s 27th Annual and Clinical Scientific Meeting in early November. This is a stimulating meeting that presents an opportunity to listen and learn about the latest research, updates and developments in the vestibular world. It is always well attended by otologists, neurologists, audiologists, physiotherapists, scientists and ENT specialists and this year was no exception.

The guest speaker was Professor Michael Strupp from the Department of Neurology and German Centre for Vertigo and Balance Disorders, Ludwig-Maximilians University Hospital, Munich. Professor Strupp is a world leader in Neuro-otology and has major interests in the therapeutics and diagnosis of peripheral and central vestibular disorders. His presentation on dizziness and vertigo caused by the cerebellum was exceptional. The cerebellum is an important brain structure that contributes to coordination, precision, and accurate timing of movement among other things. Dizziness caused by problems with the cerebellum is evidently underestimated. At Advance Rehab Centre we can help in the assessment and diagnosis of vestibular disorders caused by central (brain) and peripheral (inner ear) problems. Often vestibular rehabilitation delivered by a skilled therapist, can assist these patients to reduce symptoms of dizziness.

Peripheral (inner ear) vestibular disorders can be caused by a number of different conditions. Updates on many conditions were presented including Benign Paroxysmal and Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease, acute unilateral peripheral vestibulopathy (previously called vestibular neuritis) and vestibular migraine. I am excited to take this latest information and implement it into my own clinical practice to further enhance my assessment and treatment skills for my patients.

Please contact us if you or anyone you know is suffering from vertigo, dizziness or imbalance. I would be only too happy to help. It is my passion!

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