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The major pathophysiology and symptoms of multiple sclerosis are described in this basic-level course. Methods used to diagnose multiple sclerosis and current medications used in its treatment are listed. The different forms of multiple sclerosis are identified. The physical and occupational therapy treatment techniques that may be used for patients and the effects of exercise on patients with multiple sclerosis are discussed. The course lists energy conservation and work simplification strategies for patients with multiple sclerosis.
AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation & Intervention
- Recognize the major pathology and symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
- List the methods used to diagnose MS.
- Identify the current medications used in the treatment of MS.
- Recognize the different forms (courses) of multiple sclerosis.
- Identify physical and occupational therapy treatment techniques that may be used for patients with MS.
- List the effects of exercise on patient with MS.
- List energy conservation and work simplification strategies for patients with MS.
Gail Bryant, RN, MSN, CRRN
, is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Nursing Science from the University of Texas. In addition, she has a nursing certification in rehabilitation from the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses. Gail is a tenured Associate Professor at the College of Santa Fe and was chairperson in the Department of Nursing for two years from 1987 to 1989. As an educator, she received the prestigious teaching ward, “Burlington Teacher of Excellence Award,” for her contributions to teaching courses in the areas of medical, surgical, and clinical nursing. She has continually worked as a charge nurse on the Physical Rehabilitation Unit and the Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Unit of St Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As an author, she has written several chapters on “Modalities: Immobilization with Casts, Braces, and Splints” for such textbooks as Orthopedic Nursing and Orthopedic Journal. Recently, she published an article on “Stump Care” in the American Journal of Nursing. As a successful biomedical writer and educator she is frequently asked to do research, lecture, and write in the areas of disease and rehabilitation.
Anne Ahlman, MPT, received a Bachelors of Science degree in 1983 from University of CA, Davis and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from University of California, San Francisco in 1992. She is a practicing CA licensed physical therapist in Mountain View, CA and previously served as director of Rehabilitation and Lead Physical Therapist at Idylwood Convelescent Hospital in Sunnyvale, CA. As a clinical instructor, she has taught and trained first-year PT students. She is an AHA registered therapist in classic Hippotherapy; she has given numerous presentations on on that topic and in the areas of orthopedics, sports medicine and vestibular dysfunction. She is a past member of the California chapter of the APTA and published her master thesis in 1992 on “Effectiveness of Vestibular Exercise Therapy” under her maiden name of Westgate with a grant from the California Chapter of the APTA. She has written numerous articles, served as physical therapy editor for the journal Today in PT and is published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
- Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
- There are no prerequisites for this course.