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Parkinson’s disease is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder and presently impacts 1.5 million individuals in the United States, with 50,000 new cases diagnosed each year. This intermediate-level course provides information on the proper examination and treatment of clients with Parkinson’s disease, including differential diagnosis of individuals who exhibit signs and symptoms indicative of this disease. The course addresses how to manage clients with Parkinson’s disease by designing a comprehensive treatment program based on the use of appropriate outcome measures. Equipped with the most current evidence, the practitioner will be able to discuss and critically evaluate interventions directed at the specific body structure and function, activity, and participation deficits associated with this disease.
Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1611021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.
Florida PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) approval #CE16-25980 Approval of this course does not necessarily imply FPTA supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
California PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approve courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.
Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #16S2304
Pennsylvania PTs & PTAs – Course Approval #PTCE011764New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Pre-Approved by the NJ Board of PT Examiners, Approval #P1704-120 Expires 1/31/18.
- Describe the etiology and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including its four cardinal signs.
- Describe the clinical course of Parkinson’s disease, its classification, and differential diagnosis of Parkinsonian syndromes.
- Describe the medical management of Parkinson’s disease.
- Determine the optimal examination procedure, given the client’s individual presentation and current best evidence.
- Compare and contrast current best physical therapy interventions for the management of the client with Parkinson’s disease.
Deborah Kegelmeyer, DPT, MS, GCS, is a certified geriatric clinical specialist with more than 20 years of clinical experience. She is currently an associate professor of clinical allied medicine at Ohio State University, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy and in 1990 with a master of science degree in allied medicine. She went on to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2004. She founded the first group exercise program in Franklin County, Ohio, for individuals with Parkinson’s disease in 1988 and has remained active in local Parkinson’s support and exercise groups.
Dr. Kegelmeyer studies mobility and fall prevention in the elderly and those with neurodegenerative disease and works as a consultant in the Movement Disorders Clinic at Wexner Medical Center. She has written extensively, including several journal articles related to Parkinson’s disease, including “Reliability and Validity of the Tinetti Mobility Test for Individuals with Parkinson Disease” and “Assistive Devices Alter Gait Patterns in Parkinson Disease: Advantages of the Four-Wheeled Walker.”
- 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.