Mild Brain Injury & Community Phase: Assessment and Intervention

presented by Mary Beth Osborne

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This course follows physical therapy patient management after treatment, during the patient's return to the community following mild brain injury, or after recovery from the acute phase of more severe brain injury. Participants will learn how to approach common persistent issues following brain injury when returning to life roles, and to identify common impairments underlying functional deficits. Course concepts are illustrated by case studies detailing real patients return to the community following brain injury.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Mary Beth Osborne, PT, DPT, NCS

    Mary Beth Osborne PT, DPT, NCS earned her BS and doctorate in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her area of clinical expertise is in adult neurologic rehabilitation including working with people following brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and neurologic diseases. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Osborne has served as adjunct faculty at UNC Chapel Hill assisting with online and traditional classroom courses focusing on neurologic physical therapy and evidence based practice. She is currently working as a clinician at Duke University Medical Center on the outpatient team in adult neurology. Dr. Osborne is the current chair of the Brain Injury Special Interest Group for the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a past member of the practice committee. She also has interest and expertise in using hippotherapy (using movements of a horse) as a treatment strategy for children and adults with neurologic conditions.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Returning Home Common Persistent Issues

    1. Returning Home Common Persistent Issues

    In this chapter, participants will explore common persistent issues commonly seen with people following brain injury and the challenge of transitioning back to life at home. Distinguishing between areas amenable to physical therapy intervention and those requiring referrals to other professionals will be covered.

  2. Participation Limitations & Solution

    2. Participation Limitations & Solution

    This chapter covers participation as defined by the ICF model. Families and patients face complex challenges in attempting to re-define life roles and purposes and physical therapists play a role in this as advocates and typically a consultative role as issues arise during this time.

  3. The Long Haul

    3. The Long Haul

    People can live for many years following brain injury and may require the services of a physical therapist intermittently as they age. Topics covered during this chapter includes establishing and promoting participation in community wellness program , the effect of brain injury on marriage and family roles and aging with a brain injury.