Disciplines:
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
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With the Western Schools 365 Physical Therapy Online Membership you get:

  • Unlimited access to all our high-quality, evidence-based online CE courses for physical therapy professionals for a full year
  • Unlimited certificates for a full year
  • One price to fulfill some or all of your CE needs
  • The convenience of having all your online CE managed in one place
  • Instant access to certificates when courses are complete
  • When we publish New or Updated courses, they’ll automatically be added to your membership; retired courses will automatically be removed
  • Note: Western Schools 365 is valid only for the registered individual, and is non-transferable. Courses may be completed for credit only once during the one-year membership

 

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  • Once you've purchased your membership, you'll be directed to your My Membership page, where you can select courses you'd like to complete by clicking the Enroll button
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  • After your membership expires, you will still have access to any courses you enrolled in, but you won't be able to receive credit for incomplete courses at that point
  • Important Note: Some states require the board’s pre-approval of physical therapy continuing education courses. Visit our PT Accreditations page to see which courses have been pre-approved for California, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania

 

 

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Adhesive Capsulitis: Current Concepts in Examination, Diagnosis, and Intervention

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # Q3427  

Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder or pericapsulitis, is a complex condition involving the entire glenohumeral joint capsule, which results in pain and loss of both active and passive movement with significant participation and activity limitations. Physical therapy is often the first line of management.  Early recognition of signs and symptoms associated with adhesive capsulitis and differentiation from other painful conditions is fundamental to improving overall outcomes for physical therapy care, making these important skills for the practicing clinician. This basic-level course reviews the functional anatomy of the shoulder, provides an overview of adhesive capsulitis, including its etiology and epidemiology, and offers an up-to-date, evidence-based foundation for the diagnosis and intervention of adhesive capsulitis.

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.

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.

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval #201710664

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: Medical Overview and Rehabilitation Management

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # Q3485  

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most prevalent form of dementia, accounting for 60% - 80% of all cases. Current estimates suggest that approximately 5 million people in the United States age 65 and older have AD. Because age is the primary risk factor for AD, the number of people with AD is projected to nearly triple by 2050, reaching 13.8 million. The likelihood of rehabilitation professionals treating individuals with AD increases year by year.

This intermediate level course provides useful, pragmatic information to rehabilitation therapists to facilitate successful rehabilitation for individuals with AD. Too often, those with dementia are excluded from rehabilitation opportunities based on the assumption that they will not benefit, or they are given a brief trial of rehabilitation that does not take into consideration the special needs of this population and, as a result, do not make gains. Physical therapists who have limited knowledge of AD and other dementias often manage these individuals within the same theoretical framework and strategies with which they approach their cognitively intact clients, which may result in limited success. Existing evidence shows that the needs of individuals with AD are different than the needs of those without cognitive deficits. Observation of and respect for special considerations related to personal interaction, communication, cueing, and motor learning can substantially impact the success of rehabilitation with this population. Given the prevalence of AD in those over age 65, any rehabilitation professional working with older adults is likely to work with patients with dementia. Physical therapists who address the unique needs of this population will have greater success in their rehabilitation efforts, and their patients will reap the benefits of their knowledge and skill.

This course offers an overview of AD and its medical management, practical information on optimal interactions with individuals with AD, research findings related to motor learning in this population, existing evidence on rehabilitation with individuals with AD, and strategies to facilitate successful outcomes.

 

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.

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.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5836

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval #201710646

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Applied Ethics in Physical Therapy, Updated 3rd Edition

Price: $24.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # Q3506  

Release Date: October 6, 2016

This course presents information to help the therapist understand the importance of ethical behavior in patient care and become familiar with the guidelines of professional conduct. Illustrative case scenarios in which therapists face hypothetical ethical dilemmas are included. This intermediate-level course summarizes the APTA Code of Ethics and Guide for Professional Conduct. Familiarity with these essential documents, and the ethical standards of behavior that they establish, will assist physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in reviewing and implementing ethical parameters in their clinical practice.

 

Texas PTs & PTAs - This course has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 2 CCUs towards the ethics and professional responsibility requirement for Texas PTs & PTAs, Approval #62145ETX. Effective September 1, 2016 - September 1, 2018. 

California PTs & PTAsApproved 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.

Pennsylvania PTs & PTAs – Approved for 2.75 general hours and 0.25 direct access hour, Approval #PTCE012574

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval #201710634

Biopsychosocial Treatments for Chronic Pain

Price: $24.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # Q3420  

This basic-level course provides information on empirically supported psychosocial treatment strategies that can be useful when working with clients who are experiencing chronic pain including cognitive behavioral therapy, family interventions, and complementary and alternative approaches. The course also provides an overview of common medications used to treat chronic pain and discusses issues surrounding addiction and adherence to a prescribed medication regimen.

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.

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.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #16S2305

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval  #201710659

Michigan PTs & PTAs – Fulfills your pain and pain symptom requirement.

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Improving Intervention Effectiveness

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # Q3484  

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common compression neuropathy of the upper extremity; impacting up to 10 million people a year. The sources of CTS are varied and can be precipitated by many different aspects of daily life; however, CTS primarily results from repeated or prolonged compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel along with nine flexor tendons. Median nerve compression can result from repetitive hand and wrist activities, a specific traumatic injury, a systemic condition such as diabetes or pregnancy, or the thickening of the protective sheaths that surround the flexor tendons that extend through the carpal tunnel. Exposure to these varied sources of compression can place an individual on the path to developing CTS without being aware of the progression of the condition until symptoms appear. 

This course enables practitioners to develop an evidence-based practice approach to the assessment, prevention, and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although designed for intermediate-level clinicians, the course begins with a brief overview of the anatomical and physiological features of CTS, including a summary of symptoms and functional impairments. A discussion of potential causes and risk factors is presented, followed by a critical analysis of various assessment tools and tests used to evaluate an individual for CTS. Finally, the evidence for various preventive and rehabilitative interventions is reviewed with a focus on rehabilitative interventions. By gaining a better understanding of the complexities of CTS, practitioners will be able to formulate more effective and efficient evidence-based interventions for clients with CTS.

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.

 

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.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5968

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval  #201710656

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Cerebral Palsy Across the Lifespan

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # Q3473  

This intermediate-level course provides updated, evidence-based information for physical therapists (PTs) who work with individuals who have cerebral palsy. This course will be particularly helpful to clinicians who have not recently reviewed the literature related to cerebral palsy, and to those who do not frequently provide physical therapy services for this population. Physical therapists who received their training before the profession’s move to doctoral-level training may also find this course helpful because of its focus on the clinical reasoning skills that are necessary when patients can directly access physical therapists without physician referral.

Most physical therapists in pediatric clinical settings will encounter individuals with cerebral palsy. Because pediatric and school-based clinical services typically end by the age of 21, physical therapists and who provide treatment in adult therapy settings also need to be competent in treating this rapidly growing segment of the adult population. Physical therapists who work with this heterogeneous population need to be aware of the many factors critical to clinical decision making. This course will address prevalence, etiology, diagnosis, classification, examination, evaluation, prognosis, interventions, and outcomes for individuals with cerebral palsy across the lifespan. The course also describes the role of PTs in providing family-centered care. Because the body of literature related to this diagnosis is extensive, this course will provide an overview of the most salient issues that impact the clinical decisions and care provided by physical therapists. Clinicians who desire a more in-depth understanding of cerebral palsy are encouraged to pursue applicable resources more extensively.

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.

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.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5837

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval #201710653

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Chronic Illness and Depression

Price: $24.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # Q3561  

Release Date: November 28, 2017

This  basic-level course addresses the knowledge gap by providing rehabilitation  professionals with an overview of the co-occurrence of depression and chronic conditions and identifying challenges in screening and referring adults with chronic conditions and depression. It provides explanations for potential causes of and contributing factors to depression unique to individuals with chronic medical conditions. Although individuals with chronic conditions are at increased risk for depression, this course also explores factors that may enhance such individuals’ well-being and diminish the likelihood of depression.

 

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.

Common Chronic Health Conditions Associated With Aging

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # Q3544  

Release Date: July 18, 2017

This basic-level course is designed to assist healthcare professionals in encouraging, teaching, and guiding older adults with chronic conditions to practice healthy lifestyles. This course explores common chronic conditions associated with aging, and discusses how healthcare professionals can help older adults manage these conditions and enhance health. Included is a look at the emotional effects of coping with loss, disability, and chronic conditions. Depression and bereavement are described, along with the stages of grief and methods of distinguishing among them. Because the incidence of cancer increases with age, preventive cancer screening and prevention guidelines for older adults are presented. Prevention, treatment of, and coping with such common problems as hearing loss, hypertension, and incontinence are also discussed. Because stroke, arthritis, and osteoporosis all have the potential to negatively affect functional status, these conditions are also reviewed to help promote healthy aging.

It is rare for an older adult to live a long life without any of the concerns presented in this chapter. Memory problems are discussed, including differentiating between normal aging changes and cognitive impairment. By taking preventive measures and practicing positive health habits, fewer older adults will face these issues. The information presented in this course is designed to help healthcare professionals guide older adults to a healthy lifestyle.


This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Q3540 - Healthy Aging, 2nd Edition.

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.

Concussion Management: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach for the Physical Therapist

Price: $39.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # Q3519  

Release Date: September 19, 2017

This intermediate course is designed for practicing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who work with individuals with acute and chronic concussion. This course will be most beneficial for the clinician who has a basic knowledge of concussion and concussion management, but has not recently reviewed the current literature in concussion care that includes the significant changes in the classification of concussion and the approach to diagnosis that considers the complexity of concussion and the need for individualized patient centered care. Gaps in knowledge that have been identified in physical therapy practice include the role of neuroimaging in concussion, the understanding of current guidelines and definitions of concussion, how to identify and design interventions based on individual examination results, and the prescription of individualized graded return to activity and sport. This course will provide a more comprehensive evidenced based understanding of the complex nature of concussion including the pathophysiology of concussion, physiologic, cervicogenic, and vestibulo-ocular dysfunction that may result, the current suggested classification methods, an understanding of the shift in recommended timelines for rest and return to activity, and the tools necessary for evidenced based examination and treatment. 


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.

Conservative and Surgical Management of the Osteoarthritic Hand and Wrist: A Physical Therapy Perspective

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # Q3490  

This intermediate-level course provides a detailed overview of the pathophysiology and mechanics of the joints of the hand of individuals diagnosed with OA. In-depth information is presented on the medical diagnosis of OA, including the criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology, the distinction between primary and secondary OA, the taking of a client history, and the physical examination. The management goals and treatment options in managing OA are discussed, including conservative medical management, pharmacology, physical and occupational therapy interventions, and surgical options.

 

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.

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.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5838

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval  #201710685

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Current Concepts in ACL Injury, Surgery, and Rehabilitation

Price: $39.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # Q3431  

Injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the most prevalent of internal knee lesions and can result in short-term physical impairments and long-term joint morbidity. This intermediate-level course provides an overview of the etiology and risk factors of isolated ACL injuries; discusses pertinent clinical examination, classification, and prognosis after ACL injuries and reconstruction; and reviews evidence-based interventions to maximize successful outcomes after injury or surgery. Decisions regarding which patients are appropriate for nonoperative management of an ACL-deficient knee, how to safely progress patients through a criterion-based guideline, and when to provide recommendations for safe return back to sports after ACL injury or reconstruction are discussed.

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.

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 #17S0588

Pennsylvania PTs & PTAs – Course Approval #PTCE011765

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Pre-Approved by the NJ Board of PT Examiners, Approval #P1704-119 Expires 1/31/18.

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval #201710680

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Depression in Older Adults, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # Q3454  

This basic-level course reviews the primary types of depressive disorders among older adults, the causes of depression in this age-group, the diagnostic procedures used to effectively detect depression in older adults, and current treatments used in this population. This course elucidates the ways in which depressive symptoms are commonly missed or misinterpreted so that healthcare professionals can better assess and intervene in late-life depression.

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.

 

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 #17S5745

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval #201710660

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Ethical Issues and Decision Making in Physical Therapy

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # Q3504  

Release Date: March 25, 2016

Ethics involves making decisions about what is right or wrong, good or bad, and otherwise providing a justification for an ethical decision. Ethics figures strongly into the professional lives of physical therapy practitioners and research demonstrates that expert clinicians use ethical reasoning as part of their critical thinking. Across all practice, educational, and research settings, physical therapy practitioners face issues that involve ethical questions. To navigate effectively and safely through ethical issues and problems, physical therapy practitioners should be well-versed in the knowledge and skills of ethical decision-making. This includes an understanding of their ethical and legal responsibilities under the APTA Code of Ethics, APTA Guide for Professional Conduct, APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant, the APTA Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant, and individual states’ practice acts.

Although ethics education has become better integrated into physical therapy education over the past decade, many educators believe that, due to increasing professional autonomy and independence in clinical decision making and judgments, physical therapists face increasingly complex ethical issues in clinical practice. As a result, a gap remains between ethics knowledge and practice. Adding to this is the increasing interdisciplinary nature of the clinical environment that requires decisions to be made in the best interest of the patients within a web of health professional teams, the increasing focus on patient-centered care, the extent and boundaries of patient autonomy in clinical decision-making, the rapid development of technology and genomics integrated into rehabilitation, and the ethical implications of value-based practice payments.

This intermediate-level course will provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with an updated and in-depth overview of ethical theories, the Core Ethics documents of the American Physical Therapy Association, and tools to guide the physical therapy practitioner in making ethical decisions. Multiple case vignettes will illustrate the concepts discussed. This course is designed to help clinicians effectively and efficiently integrate ethical decision-making into their clinical practice.

 

California, Delaware, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma, & Utah PTs and PTAs - Fulfills your ethics requirement.

Pennsylvania PTs & PTAs – Course Approval #PTCE011749

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.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5741

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval #201710638

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Ethical Practices with Older Adults, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $24.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # Q3458  

As healthcare professionals work to address the medical and economic challenges of a rapidly aging population, advances in technology are leading to increasingly complex end-of-life choices. This basic-level course presents ethical issues that may confront physical therapists and other healthcare professionals working with older adults and their families as these individuals near the end of life. The course identifies some of the major ethical issues concerning older adults and healthcare decisions and provides the framework and set of principles used to address ethical dilemmas in healthcare settings. This course includes relevant material from the APTA, AOTA, NASW, APA, ACA, and ANA codes of ethics for clarification on the various professions' principles.

 

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. This course does not fulfill your ethics requirement.

Ethics & Jurisprudence for Tennessee Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants, Updated 4th Edition

Price: $39.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # Q3526  

Release Date: February 7, 2017

Expiration Date: February 6, 2018

The theoretical content of this course will help each therapist to understand the importance of ethical behavior in patient care, to become familiar with and apply relevant guidelines of professional conduct, and to examine basic concepts of jurisprudence as they apply to patient care. To enable Tennessee physical therapy practitioners  to review and implement legal and ethical principles in clinical practice, this course summarizes the core ethics documents of the APTA and the rules and regulations of the state of Tennessee governing the practice of physical therapy, including relevant excerpts from the Occupational and Physical Therapy Practice Act (Tennessee Code Annotated Title 63, Chapter 13, Parts 1 and 3) and the General Rules Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy (Tennessee Rules and Regulations, Chapter 1150-01). 

 

Tennessee PTs & PTAs - This course, approved by the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) fulfills your ethics and jurisprudence CE requirement. Approval period 2/7/17 to 2/6/18. TPTA Approval Number:  2017-005

Evidence-Based Management of Knee Osteoarthritis

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # Q3527  

Release Date: January 10, 2018

The purpose of this intermediate level course is to provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with up-to date, evidence-based information pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of knee OA. Although this course will be most applicable to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who work with older individuals in outpatient settings, the increased incidence of OA makes the information in this course relevant to therapists in a variety of settings. Even therapists who specialize and treat patients in areas other than orthopaedic settings will likely encounter individuals whose OA affects their participation, mobility, or function.

 

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.

Examination and Management of the Client With Parkinson's Disease, 2nd Edition

Price: $39.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # Q3533  

Release Date: October 11, 2017

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.


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.

Examination and Treatment of Peripheral Vestibular Disorders

Price: $39.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # Q3517  

Release Date: December 15, 2017

Vestibular disorders are common in the adult population, affecting a vast number of persons over 40 years of age, with increased prevalence of vestibular dysfunction occurring with advancing age. Persons diagnosed with vestibular disorders have a higher likelihood of experiencing problems with balance and dizziness, leading to reduced physical function and falls, and subsequent early nursing home placement and early mortality making early diagnosis and effective management essential. There is strong research evidence to support the efficacy of vestibular rehabilitation to reduce or eliminate the symptoms and sequelae associated with common vestibular disorders.The vestibular system is a highly specialized sensory apparatus that integrates information regarding head movement and position relative to gravity with information from the visual and somatosensory systems to mediate upright posture, postural control, and gaze stabilization. Given the highly specialized nature of this system, physical therapy management of persons with vestibular dysfunction requires additional education and training beyond what is offered in a typical entry-level physical therapy program curriculum.

Detailed knowledge of the vestibular system is important for physical therapists to effectively manage balance and gait disturbances in patients with vestibular dysfunction. Differential assessment of the source of peripheral vestibular dysfunction depends on a comprehensive subjective account of symptom provocation and severity, as well as a targeted clinical examination. The key components of a clinical examination include oculomotor and vestibular function testing, measures of balance, gait, and fall risk, as well as a review of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems.

The purpose of this course is to educate the practicing physical therapist on the management of patients with peripheral vestibular disorders in order to expand their current practice skill set into the subspecialty of vestibular rehabilitation. This will be accomplished through knowledge of functional anatomy of the vestibular system and current methods of evidence-based examination and the process of differential assessment to determine effective treatment of common peripheral vestibular disorders, or when referral is appropriate.

This intermediate level course is targeted at practicing physical therapists who have experience managing patients with balance dysfunction and basic knowledge of standardized gait and balance measures.

 

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.

Exercise Prescription Management of the Older Adult: An Evidence-Based Approach, 2nd Edition

Price: $39.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # Q3534  

Release Date: January 5, 2018

This intermediate level course is designed to educate PTs and PTAs on the implementation of exercise prescriptions in older adults. This course will review the multiple age-related systemic changes that take place in the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems and describe how exercise may mitigate these changes. This course will also provide recommended exercise prescriptions according to the most recent American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for older adults and discuss common barriers for exercise participation in older adults.

 

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.

Fibromyalgia in Women, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # Q3478  

This intermediate-level course provides social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists and rehabilitation professionals with evidence-based information on the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical manifestations of FMS, and the diagnostic studies, diagnoses and interventions, and collaborative care that can be used when treating individuals with the disorder. Healthcare professionals can have a great impact on individuals with FMS, in both the inpatient and outpatient arenas. Additionally, this course aims to increase the behavioral healthcare and rehabilitation professional’s ability to identify those individuals who may be suffering with undiagnosed FMS so that proper diagnosis, service referral, and support may be provided. Compassionate caregivers can validate the client’s experience and affirm her symptoms. A glossary of medical terms (at the end of the course) is provided for learners to use while reading the course.

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.

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.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5746

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

Bellato, E., Marini, E., Castoldi, F., Barbasetti, N., Mattei, L., Bonasia, D. E., & Blonna, D. (2012). Fibromyalgia syndrome: Etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment. Pain Research and Treatment, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/426130 

Fitzcharles, M., Shir, Y., Ablin, J. N., Buskila, D., Amital, H., Henningsen, P., & Häuser, W. (2013). Classification and clinical diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome: Recommendations of recent evidence-based interdisciplinary guidelines. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/528952 

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