Ethical Practice In Physical Therapy (2 hrs)
This course covers the principles and standards of ethical practice for physical therapists and assistants and references the Codes of Ethics and Conduct Guides of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Ethical issues related to professional practice are discussed. Steps to identify potential conflicts and strategies for decision making to avoid and resolve ethical issues are included.
Acute Injury and Pain: A Strategy, Management and Rehabilitation Discussion for Physical Therapists (3 hrs)
Millions of Americans suffer with pain every year. Pain, both chronic and acute, is quickly becoming an increasingly dire public health issue that costs employers, patients and insurance companies billions of dollars each year. This course discuss the management of acute injuries and methods and management of pain.
Adaptive Equipment (AE) and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) (2 hrs)
Adaptive equipment and durable medical equipment both have their places in the rehabilitative process. Both categories of equipment provide compensatory routes for patients who want to function as well and as independently as possible during their day-to-day lives. The following course material will assist physical therapists (PTs) and occupational therapists (OTs) in addressing the numerous barriers to effectively incorporate adaptive equipment (AE) and durable medical equipment (DME) into their patients’ interventions—and eventually into their lives after discharge from services.
Alzheimer's/Dementia Care: Interdisciplinary Considerations for Physical Therapists (1 hrs)
Alzheimer's disease and dementia are devastating cognitive disorders that, with time; severely disrupt an individual's lifestyle and their participation in functional activities and mobility. This course is designed to aid physical therapist and physical therapist assistants in better understand Alzheimer's and dementia and best practices when caring for a patient suffering from the diseases.
An Overview of Hip and Knee Rehabilitation for the Physical Therapist (4 hrs)
Due to the anatomy and importance of the
essential functions of the hips and knees, severe pain in either one -- or both
-- of these areas can have a direct adverse effect on everyday life and can
severely reduce the quality of life. The complexity of both of these anatomical
structures can present various pathologies. This course will focus on these two
parts and will look at the various symptoms, treatments and effective plans of
treatment for optimum patient outcome.
Evaluations and Treatment of the Cervical Spine (2 hrs)
Neck or cervical spine pain and dysfunction can have multiple causes. The goal of the physical therapist should first be to determine the cause of the pain via screening forms and special tests, and once the cause is determined, the best course of treatment can be chosen. This course will discuss the various assessment methods and treatment option of the cervical spine.
Fractures and Surgical Fixation (2 hrs)
This course will summarize the structure of the bone and discuss the basic types of fractures and their classifications. You will have a better understanding of the specific rehabilitation considerations, describe physical and occupational therapy interventions used and summarize a basic plan of care for post-surgical fracture management.
Hip Fractures: Treatment and Prevention (2 hrs)
Each year, over 250,000 people are hospitalized for hip fractures, and some of these individuals will never fully regain their prior level of function: they may require assistance to walk, and a few will even need to go to a nursing home. The physical therapist is an essential partner to assist patients in preserving, improving and maintaining the current levels of functioning within their daily lives. This course will provide an overview on the three main types of hip fractures, the differences between the approaches to surgical and non-surgical candidates for physical therapy, and prevention techniques that the physical therapist can share which will ensure a patient is knowledgeable about how to prevent future fall occurrences.
Hip Osteoarthritis - Diagnosis and Treatment (2 hrs)
This course will describe anatomy associated with hip osteoarthritis, define the symptoms, physiology, diagnosis, and prevalence of degenerative osteoarthritis of the hip. We will also discuss physical therapy treatment plans following hip resurfacing, as well as prevention strategies to decrease the prevalence of hip osteoarthritis.
Knee Osteoarthritis: Overview, NonSurgical/Surgical Management and Physical Therapy Treatment (2 hrs)
Knee OA is prevalent in today's society with the active aging population. Physical therapists play an important role in restoring function for these patients with nonsurgical and postoperative interventions.
Multiple Sclerosis: Physical and Occupational Therapy (2 hrs)
Patients with multiple sclerosis experience a variety of symptoms; it is often difficult to diagnosis because the disease’s symptoms frequently mimic other diseases. There are multiple types of MS that will be discussed in this course. A patient’s functional abilities can vary depending on the type of MS that he/she is diagnosed with and how fast the disease progresses. Physical and occupational therapists play a key role in the treatment of patients with MS: It is important for these rehabilitation professionals to understand this disease
Neuro-Developmental Treatment and Neurological Disorders: Research and Resources for OT and PT (2 hrs)
This course includes the latest resources and research available for physical and occupational therapists regarding neuro-developmental treatment (NDT). Additionally, this course will discuss the importance of NDT as a means to improve functional movement as it pertains to ambulation, transfers and mobility, as well as ADL performance.
Patients with History of Substance Use: OT and PTs Roles and Considerations for Treatment (2 hrs)
This course will review how substance use impacts functionality and mobility, current stigmas and discomforts the PT and OT face when dealing with substance use patients, and treatment approaches used when the patient has a history of substance use.
Reducing and Eliminating Workplace Injuries through Ergonomics (2 hrs)
Many companies today are using ergonomics, or the study of work, when designing workspaces that will prevent injuries and strains, as well as other disorders. This course will offer suggestions for completing a successful, comprehensive and useful ergonomics assessment that will focus on preventing musculoskeletal injuries by effectively analyzing job hazards, identifying and evaluating risk factors and offering recommendations to reduce or eliminate these risks within the workplace environment.