Concussion PT Continuing Education

Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome: The Role of the Physical Therapist

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Course Description: 3 Hours (.3 CEUs)

Concussion, sports-related and recreational, is a growing public health problem especially in children and adolescents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classify concussion as a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can alter the normal functioning of the brain. It is estimated that 75% of TBI’s that occur each year are concussions. Approximately 10% of individuals will experience persistent post-concussion symptoms or develop post-concussion syndrome. A multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers, trained in the evaluation and management of concussion, is necessary to address the growing public health problem. Serving a vital role on this team are physical therapists. Therapists have a unique skill set that can address many of the problems that can occur with concussion such as balance problems, dizziness, headache, and neck pain. Given the growing public health problem, it is essential that therapists have a greater understanding of concussion and the role they serve on the multi-disciplinary team. This seminar will review the basic concepts of concussion, evidence-based facts/figures, and the role the therapist serves in concussion management as it applies to patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention. The focus will be on examining and treating those individuals with persistent post-concussion symptoms or post-concussion syndrome.

Course Outline

I. Introduction

II. Concussion
a. Concussion defined
b. Sign/symptoms of concussion
c. Post-Concussion syndrome defined
d. Concussion incidence/prevalence
e. Concussion Facts/Myths

III. Concussion Biomechanics/Pathophysiology
a. Egg concept
b. Neurometabolic Cascade
c. Immune response
d. Problems with early return to activity
e. Importance of rest
f. Children/adolescent vs. adult

IV. Concussion Management
a. Physical therapy examination
b. Physical therapy intervention
c. Other considerations
d. Case studies

Course Objectives:

By the end of this program the participant will be able to:
* Identify the signs and symptoms of concussion.
* Understand and discuss the pathophysiology of concussion.
* Differentiate concussion from post-concussion syndrome.
* Identify the role of the physical therapist in concussion management.
* Demonstrate select tests/measures of post-concussion examination.
* Apply knowledge of concussion pathophysiology to therapeutic intervention.

Presenter: Paul G. Vidal, DPT, MHSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

Paul specializes in manual physical therapy examination and treatment of spinal disorders and in vestibular rehabilitation, treating patients with inner-ear related disorders (eg: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular neuritis/labrynthitis). He earned his Herdman certificate of achievement in vestibular rehabilitation through Emory University School of Medicine. He also treats patients who have sustained a concussion with post-concussion rehabilitation. Paul serves as a guest lecturer to several Philadelphia area Physical Therapy programs teaching general orthopedics, manual physical therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, and medical screening. Paul has published several peer-review articles on the topic of dizziness and often presents at state and national conferences.

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants
Instructional Level: Beginner/Intermediate
*Handouts available for downloading/printing to all courses.

This course is presented in an online video format with audio lecture for each slide. Approximate length to take the course, including audio lecture, videos and all written material, is 3 hours.

Take Course $49
30 Days Unlimited Access