A Practical Clinical Approach to Balance Disorders

A Practical Clinical Approach to Balance Disorders is a Workshop that will take place as part of the 54th South African Annual ENT Congress. It is scheduled for Sunday 28 October 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

A Practical Clinical Approach to Balance Disorders
A Practical Clinical Approach to Balance Disorders

The workshop is intended for ear nose and throat (ENT) surgeons, neurologists, general practitioners(GPs), audiologists, physiotherapists and all other health practitioners that work with patientssuffering from dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. I will co-host the course with Prof Michael Strupp (neurologist) from Munich, Germany and Prof James Loock (ear nose and throat surgeon) from the University of Stellenbosch which will ensure a true multidisciplinary approach.

In 2014 it was estimated by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) that at least 40% of the USA population is bound to suffer from some sort of dizziness or balance disorder in their lifetime. In South Africa and the rest of the African continent, specialised centers and equipment is not readily available. It is therefore of vital importance to equip health care practitioners with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage patients with the avialable facilities and to appreciate when it becomes necessary to refer patients to more specialised, comprehensive test- and management facilities ofpatients with dizziness and balance disorders. For health care practitioners it is important to note that many patients can still be clinically examined and managed without having specialized testing. This will contribute to saving of costs and will help to relieve the already overburdened health system without unnescesary referrals.

The workshop will focus on aspects like the basic physiology behind balance, history taking, the clinical examination, special examinations currently available, common ear problems, common neurological problems and when to refer patients.

A Practical Clinical Approach to Balance Disorders workshop will be sponsored by Abbott.

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