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Telehealth in Geriatric Physical Therapy

presented by Julie Hershberg, PT, DPT, NCS and Jared Vagy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

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Financial: Julie Hershberg receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Julie Hershberg has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course. Financial: Jared Vagy receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Jared Vagy is a TheraBand Academy Speaker.

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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Video Runtime: 52 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 34 Minutes

The purpose of this course is to apply successful strategies for telehealth evaluation and treatment in the geriatric population. In particular, we will demonstrate objective examination and treatment for balance and gait dysfunction. This course is best for physical therapists working with older adults in the telehealth setting.

Meet Your Instructors

Julie Hershberg, PT, DPT, NCS

Julie Hershberg is a passionate neurologic physical therapist, educator, mentor, learner, and forever neuro nerd. She owns and practices at [re+active] physical therapy & wellness, a state-of-the-art outpatient neurologic physical therapy and wellness practice in Los Angeles. It is there she has the privilege to lead a team of PTs, OTs, yoga therapists, and personal…

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Jared Vagy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Jared Vagy received his doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California (USC) and completed a one-year residency in orthopedics and a one-year fellowship in movement science. Dr. Vagy is a clinical assistant professor of physical therapy in the DPT program at USC and is a mentor in both the orthopedic residency…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Introduction

In this chapter, you will be introduced to the structure of the course and the breakdown of each chapter. You will then learn how to set expectations for telehealth visits with your patients, frame your video for optimal patient interactions, and troubleshoot common tech issues during a telehealth session.

2. Subjective Examination

This chapter introduces telehealth subjective examination tips for geriatric physical therapy. We also dive deeper into screening balance and cognition via telehealth.

3. Objective Examination

In this chapter, we will review a quick screen of the cardiovascular system and education with use of the rating of perceived exertion (RPE). We also demonstrate the TUG and introduce the Rate of Perceived Stability Scale usage for balance testing with the modified CTSIB test.

4. Intervention

This chapter demonstrates intervention tips for challenging balance and mobility safely in the telehealth setting. We will demonstrate the use of the OPTIMAL theory to provide the patient autonomy and choice for setting the balance challenge during treatment.

5. Summary

In this chapter, we will recap the course content, key concepts, and learning objectives. Additionally, you will watch an interview that will include subjective, objective, and intervention-related clinical pearls that you can use to maximize the benefit of your telehealth sessions for older individuals.

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