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Release Date: October 11, 2017
Expiration Date: October 11, 2020
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder (after Alzheimer’s disease), impacting approximately 1 million individuals in the United States, with 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Many physical therapists (PTs) enter the field with a broad understanding of neurologic rehabilitation, but lack specific training in the differential diagnosis, examination, and management of clients with Parkinson’s disease. Current research in the physical therapy management of individuals with Parkinson’s disease is quite robust, resulting in an ever-changing field of practice in response to new research findings. Therapists might lack information regarding the most valid diagnostic tests and measures, and the most current evidence-based treatment techniques. Recent studies have developed new assessment techniques such as the Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest) and shorter versions called the Mini-BESTest, as well as the Brief-BESTest. Although it has been well established that physical therapy is beneficial for people with PD, evidence on best treatments is still growing.
This Intermediate course is designed to provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with the information needed to appropriately examine and treat the client with PD, including differential diagnosis of individuals who exhibit signs and symptoms indicative of PD. In addition, the learner will be able to manage clients with PD by designing a comprehensive treatment program based on the use of appropriate outcome measures. Equipped with the most current evidence, the learner will be able to discuss and critically evaluate interventions directed at the specific body structure and function, activity, and participation deficits associated with PD.
California PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.
Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.
Ohio PTs & PTAs - Approval #18S7392 (6/12/18 to 6/12/19)
Florida & Indiana PTs & PTAs – PT boards in your state accept this course based on pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.
Pennsylvania PTs & PTAs - Pennsylvania PT Board Approved, #PTCE013506, for 1.5 general hours & 2.5 direct access hours.
- 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 professor of clinical Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 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. She served as Chair of the PD EDGE taskforce for the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, creating recommendations for universal outcome measures for use in Parkinson’s disease.
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 on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- 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.
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- There are no prerequisites for this course.