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Advanced Physical Therapy Examination of Clients With Parkinson's Disease

presented by Deb Kegelmeyer, PT, DPT, MS, GCS

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Parkinson's disease and related disorders are systemic disorders resulting in complex issues impacting health, function and participation. Therapists must be equipped to provide care in an ever-changing health care environment. This course provides the therapist advanced knowledge in examination of the client with Parkinson's disease and related disorders across all stages of the disease. Information is presented using a case study example interwoven with evidence-based information. On completion of this course, the therapist will be able to use evidence-based examination for the examination of clients with Parkinson's disease and related disorders across the full spectrum of the disease.

Meet Your Instructor

Deb Kegelmeyer, PT, DPT, MS, GCS

Dr. Kegelmeyer has over 30 years of clinical experience and is currently a Professor of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. She has extensive clinical expertise, having worked in acute care and outpatient therapy, and spent 10 years as director of physical therapy at a skilled nursing facility. Currently she works as…

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1. Differential Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinsonism is a cluster of disorders caused by damage to motor areas including the basal ganglia. Therapists must be able to recognize the motor symptoms related to idiopathic Parkinson's disease and how these differ from each of the Parkinson-plus syndromes. This chapter provides the therapist advanced knowledge in differential diagnosis of the client with Parkinson's disease and related disorders.

2. Outcome Measures for Use with Parkinsonian Syndromes

Appropriate care of the client with Parkinson's disease is based on a thorough and accurate examination. This chapter prepares the therapist to select and use appropriate examination techniques, including the selection of outcome measures, across all stages of the disease.

3. Q&A

The final chapter of this course features a question and answer session where course concepts are applied to real-world examples.

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