Parkinson's Disease

An Evidence-Based Overview of Parkinson’s Disease

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Course Description: 3 Hours (.3 CEUs)

This course will review the pathology, etiology and characteristics of Parkinson’s Disease. In addition, a thorough review of medication and surgical interventions will precede a comprehensive review of current evidence-based treatment techniques used in physical therapy.

Course Outline

Course Outline:
1. Review general characteristics of Parkinson’s disease
2. Identify the pathology, etiology, and characteristics of Parkinson’s disease
3. Discuss the two most common scales for grading Parkinson’s disease
1. Hoehn and Yahr
2. United Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale
4. Review common medications to treat Parkinson’s disease and their limitations
1. Carbidopa/Levodopa
2. Dopamine Agonists
3. Anticholinergics
4. MAO-B inhibitors
5. COMT inhibitors
5. Highlight the surgical interventions to treat Parkinson’s disease
1. Deep Brain Stimulation
2. Duopa™
3. Cell Transplant
6. Explore the current evidence-based physical therapy treatment options for Parkinson’s disease
1. Traditional therapy approach
a) Typical role
b) Limitations
c) Objective measures
d) Assistive Device considerations
3. Exergaming/Virtual Reality
4. Dance/Tango
5. Nordic Walking
6. Treadmill
7. Conclusion

Course Objectives:

Following completion of this course, the learner will demonstrate:
After completing this course you will have a better understanding of the following:
1. The pathology, etiology, and characteristics of Parkinson’s disease
2. The two most prevalent scales to assess Parkinson’s disease
3. Which medications are most effective and the limitations they pose
4. Surgical interventions that address the symptoms of PD
5. Current treatment techniques for PD and the evidence that supports each

Presenter: Kristen Wilson PT, DPT, GCS, NDT Trained

Kristen Wilson PT, DPT, GCS, NDT Trained is a practicing physical therapist with a love for teaching. She earned her Master’s degree from Ithaca College in New York, followed by her tDPT from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Kristen completed Neurodevelopmental
Technique Training in 2006 as well as earned American Physical Therapy Association Geriatric Certified Specialist in 2009. Kristen has treated as a physical therapist in several areas of care including inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, home care, and outpatient therapy expanding her therapy repertoire across the entire continuum. In addition to treating in the clinic, she serves as an adjunct faculty member at Neumann University as well as lectures within the community and APTA. Currently, Kristen is the co-owner of Action Potential, a one-to-one outpatient clinic located in Glen Mills, PA.

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