Physical Therapy: Examination and Management of the Client with Parkinson's Disease 2nd Edition

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About Course #Q3533

Release Date: October 11, 2017

Expiration Date: April 1, 2021

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. 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-level 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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • 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.

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