Traumatic Brain Injury: Prevalence, Impairments, and Interventions - Q3508


About Course #Q3508

Release Date: August 8, 2016

Expiration Date: August 8, 2019

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability in the United States, resulting in 2.5 million individuals assessed in the emergency department annually. Individuals with resultant disabilities from TBIs require thorough and efficient interventions from physical therapists to maximize function and independence. Motor, sensory, and cognitive impairments generally result from a TBI. Research supports early medical and rehabilitation intervention to achieve optimal outcomes and return individuals to their previous levels of functioning. This course provides the rehabilitation professional with current resources to assist in optimal clinical decision making for those affected by TBI.

Physical therapists may encounter clients with TBI at various stages in their lifespans and in a full range of healthcare settings. The course should be especially helpful to clinicians who do not routinely encounter this disorder. This course addresses prevalence, causes, and classifications of TBIs; motor, sensory, and cognitive impairments of body structures resulting from a TBI; TBI-specific outcome measures; specialized examination and intervention considerations; and a review of the long-term consequences that may present in a person who has sustained a TBI. Supplemental resources are also provided for physical therapy professionals who desire to further their understanding of the care of those with TBIs.

Texas PTs and PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA license renewal in Texas.

California PTs and 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.

About the Author(s)

Kristine Legters, PT, DSc, NCS, is a physical therapist with more than 30 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 the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, 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.

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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