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Advanced Physical Therapy Management of Individuals with Parkinson's Symptoms

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 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 management of the client with Parkinson disease across all stages of the disease and incorporating current health care finance and policy challenges. Information is presented using a case study example inter-woven with evidence-based information. On completion of this course the therapist will be able to use evidence-based intervention techniques for the management of clients with Parkinson 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. Management Across Disease Stages

In this chapter the clinician is presented with advanced concepts regarding management of the client with Parkinson disease across the course of the disease using a primary care model. The newest evidence related to motor learning, cueing, use of an external focus and dual task training is covered.

2. Specific Exercise Interventions

In this chapter the clinician will learn advanced concepts regarding management of the client with Parkinson disease using specific exercise protocols. Current evidence for popular interventions such as Treadmill training, cycling, Tai Chi, Dance and boxing is summarized.

3. Providing PT Across the Course of the Disease: Reimbursement Issues

In this chapter a model for care across the life-span incorporating skilled maintenance therapy is presented. Reimbursement issues related to provision of skilled maintenance therapy are also explained.

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