Treating Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Part I: Canalithiasis (On-demand Webinar)

Course Description

This is a 2 hour webinar designed for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, & occupational therapist assistants that are interested in gaining a better understanding of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).  This is an introductory course on the evaluation and treatment of one form of BPPV – canalithiasis, the most common cause of dizziness in adults.  Instruction will include anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system, common causes of BPPV, signs and symptoms of BPPV, testing, treatment, and goals.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, the participant will:

  • Understand the basic anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system
  • Understand the causes, signs, and symptoms of BPPV – canalithiasis
  • Perform a basic evaluation for BPPV
  • Determine affected canal and decide on treatment plan
  • Perform standard treatment for BPPV – canalithiasis
  • Establish goals and discharge criteria

Prerequisites - None

Instructional Level - Intermediate

Instructor - Tonya Fuller, MSPT

Tonya graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2001 with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy.  In 2007, Tonya received her competency certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation, and in 2008, she received her competency certification in Cervicogenic Dizziness.  Tonya has also had advanced training in Vestibular Rehabilitation in 2010.  Tonya has been treating vestibular disorders since 2006 and has extensive experience in the treatment of vestibular and balance disorders in adolescents and adults.  Tonya has presented several lectures to physicians and peers and has taught several courses nationally to peers on topics involving the diagnosis and treatment of vestibular disorders and balance disorders.


  • Satisfactory completion of this course will require the participant to pass a 10 question post test with a minimum score of 70%.
Meets Requirements of: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
Contact Hours: 2