One of the great things about being a physical therapist at Excel Physical Therapy is the commitment that all of our clinicians have to life long education. This philosophy of commitment to growing and learning benefits us as clinicians, you as patients, and the Bozeman community as a whole. It is one of the things that allow Excel PT to impact our community in such a positive way and offer the best care we possibly can.
As a spine specialist trained in manual orthopedic therapy, I treat my fair share of cervical spines. It is one of my favorite things to treat. It is interesting and complex. Manual therapy is hugely beneficial for a variety of cervical diagnosis. These diagnosis can include cervical stenosis, cervical discs, cervical radiculopathy, upper cervical dysfunction, headaches and even dizziness related to general cervical dysfunction better known as cervicogenic dizziness. One of the things I enjoy most is resolving dizziness related to cervical dysfunction. Anyone who has dealt with a bout of dizziness knows how uncomfortable and debilitating it can be. It is so helpful to have this skill as a physical therapist so I decided to start thinking about how I could start addressing dizziness from a variety of origins not just cervical dysfunction.
This interest of mine as well as the need I saw in the community, resulted in me flying to Atlanta and enthusiastically participating in the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Based Course. This course is the gold standard in vestibular continuing education. It is an intense, evidence-based course designed for physical therapists, occupational therapists and MD’s with experience treating patients with vestibular deficits.
Participants who successfully achieve the Emory University Certified Vestibular Specialist designation successfully complete a practical exam, a written exam and a video exam demonstrating assessment skills including an oculomotor exam, balance assessment, gait assessment, fall risk assessment and other functional assessments. Participants also demonstrate appropriate treatment procedures for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) affecting posterior, anterior and horizontal canals for both cupulolithiasis and canalithiasis, for unilateral and bilateral peripheral vestibular disorders, and for central vestibular disorders including traumatic brain injury, concussion and stroke.
What does all of this mean? If you have dizziness, vertigo, balance problems or a variety of other issues resulting in this type of discomfort, you can come to Excel Physical Therapy, located at 19th and College streets in Bozeman, for relief and treatment by a highly trained physical therapist. We have a customized “vestibular room” with all the necessary equipment for accurate diagnosis and treatment including infrared goggles. I look forward to working with our clients who will benefit tremendously from this specialized physical therapy remedy that has very successful outcomes.
Bobby Bemis, DPT, COMT, DIP.MT, FAAOMPT is a fellowship-trained physical therapist at Excel Physical Therapy. Bobby specializes in orthopedic manual physical therapy of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Although the spine is his specialty, Bobby has a high level of training in all regions of the body. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Bobby earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, became a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), Diplomat of Manual Therapy (Dip. MT), as well as becoming certified in trigger point dry needling. Bobby then went on to become Fellowship trained and was then designated as a “Fellow” with the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT) after passing a rigorous oral and practical exam. Only a very small percentage of physical therapists achieve this elite status. The “Fellow” is a physical therapist who has demonstrated advanced clinical, analytical, and hands-on skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal orthopedic disorders and is internationally recognized for their competence and expertise in the practice of manual physical therapy. Bobby achieved an Emory University Certified Vestibular Specialist designation due to advanced training and examination from the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course.