Traumatic Brain Injury: Prevalence, Impairments, and Interventions
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability in the United States, affecting 1.7 million individuals annually. TBI signs and symptoms vary based on many factors, including the location of the brain injury, severity of the injury, circumstances surrounding the injury, patient age, and the provision of timely medical interventions. This basic-level course describes recent advances in research and treatment of TBI and offers information that will be especially helpful to clinicians who do not routinely encounter this disorder. The course provides an overview of the prevalence, causes, and motor, sensory, perceptual, and cognitive impairments of TBI; specialized examination and interventions in the acute care and post-acute care recovery phase; and the long-term consequences that may present in a person who has sustained a TBI.
AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Intervention
- Identify the prevalence and primary etiologies of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
- Describe the criteria used to classify TBIs.
- Differentiate among common motor, sensory, perceptual, and cognitive impairments that result from TBIs.
- Identify the most appropriate factors and tools for use in the examination and treatment of patients with TBI.
- Describe residual deficits and problems that may result from TBI.
- Describe how to formulate a plan of care for a patient with TBI.
Kristine Legters, PT, DSc, NCS, is a physical therapist with more than 25 years of experience examining and treating patients with neurologic dysfunction, of which 12 years were in brain injury rehabilitation. Her current clinical practice is with adults with developmental disabilities in the group home setting. Dr. Legters is the chair and associate professor in the Gannon University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, where her primary teaching responsibilities are neuroscience and adult neurologic rehabilitation. She received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy at SUNY/Upstate Medical Center, a master of science degree in health science administration at Gannon University, and a doctor of science degree in neurological physical therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a Neurologic Certified Specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Legters has published and presented on a broad range of topics, including fear of falling in older adults and persons with vestibular dysfunction and post-polio syndrome.
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- There are no prerequisites for this course.