Acute Injury and Pain
- Summarize both the subjective and objective signs of acute injuries, including the five signs of inflammation. Compare and contrast muscle strain, sprains, contusions, fractures, dislocations and subluxation.
- Discuss the primary objectives when managing acute injuries to help further the stages of the soft tissue injury healing process.
- Identify the components of the “SPRICEMMM” and the “HARM” technique and protocol, respectively.
- Define pain, discuss the scales used to measure pain and summarize the similarities and differences between acute pain management and chronic pain management.
- Describe four theories regarding pain perception and discuss both pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies of pain management.
- Evaluate electrotherapy options, as well as techniques of manipulation and pain relief.
- Discuss alternative therapies and maintenance programs and methods, including Pilates, yoga, acupuncture and reflexology.
Chronic Health Conditions
- Identify some specific health problems, symptoms as well as risk factors for each condition.
- Summarize common risk factors and demographic indicators of the common health problems often encountered by physical therapists.
- Discuss the unique considerations within treatment for chronic health conditions.
- Indicate safety concerns and practical methods that should be implemented when treating patients with these health problems.
Fall Information and Recovery Techniques for the Physical Therapy Professional
- Discuss the importance of fall information and fall recovery techniques education, as well as questions to ask to determine the patient’s personal goals, fall histories and their comorbidities in order, with the goal of being to return the patient to his or her prior level of functioning.
- Summarize the various assist levels, indications of these levels, and what each of these levels mean in terms of the patient’s assessment for treatment and individual goals.
- Describe and detail the various types of falls that are common and the specific indications for each.
- Discuss some therapeutic exercises that may be used to promote fall recovery; once recovery is achieved, discuss ways in which the physical therapist can help improve the patient’s overall flexibility and strength to be used in the prevention of falls.
Hip Fractures: Treatment and Prevention
- Distinguish the difference between the three major types of hip fractures, their characteristics and the indications for treatment of each.
- Summarize the similarities and differences between the physical strategies for rehabilitation for the surgical candidate, versus the non-surgical candidate. Discuss the issues associated with each.
- Identify the different approaches to hip surgery; discuss the advantages, disadvantages and the treatment strategies and rehabilitation outcomes for each of these surgeries.
- Discuss the reasons for a total hip replacement, what challenges this procedure might present and the unique implications of the anterior versus the posterior approach.
- Discuss the progression of physical therapy to maximize progression to each patient’s either prior level, or maximum level, of functioning.Relate practical and effective preventative measures that patients can take to prevent future falls.
Hip Osteoarthritis: Diagnosis and Treatment
- Describe anatomy associated with hip osteoarthritis (OA).
- Define the symptoms, physiology, diagnosis, and prevalence of degenerative osteoarthritis of the hip.
- Be able to discuss the relationship between physical impairments and movement patterns during gait in patients with end-stage hip OA.
- Describe the effect of therapeutic exercise for hip OA pain.
- Describe treatment parameters for physical therapy treatment of hip OA.
- Describe the total hip arthroplasty (THA) procedure including the difference between surgical approaches.
- Describe physical therapy treatment protocols following a THA.
- Describe other surgical procedures used to treat hip OA including the hip resurfacing procedure.
- Describe physical therapy treatment plans following hip resurfacing.
- Describe surgical outcomes following surgical procedures to treat hip OA.
- Discuss supplements often used by patients for the treatment of osteoarthritis.
- Discuss prevention strategies to decrease the prevalence of hip OA.
Knee Osteoarthritis: Overview, NonSurgical/Surgical Management and Physical Therapy Treatment
- Describe the anatomy and function of the knee joint and how osteoarthritis impacts the mechanics of the joint.
- List common pathologies and etiology for osteoarthritis of the knee.
- Describe the diagnostic procedures in the diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee.
- Discuss evidence-based surgical and nonsurgical interventions for osteoarthritis of the knee.
- Describe how weight management impacts osteoarthritis of the knee.
- State the components of a typical physical therapy rehabilitation plan following a total knee arthroscopy.
Multiple Sclerosis: Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Define multiple sclerosis.
- Define the signs and symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis.
- Discuss how multiple sclerosis is diagnosed.
- Discuss various treatments for patients with multiple sclerosis.
- Describe tests and measures that are utilized in physical and occupational examinations of patients with multiple sclerosis.
- Discuss how physical and occupational therapists can help in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
- Define physical and occupational therapy treatment parameters for patients with multiple sclerosis.
- Discuss exercise programs that can help patients with multiple sclerosis.
Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) and Neurological Disorders: The Latest Research
- Summarize foundational theories and treatment behind NDT.
- Explain what NDT looks like as delivered through physical and occupational therapy practitioners.
- Summarize current peer-reviewed NDT research.
- Identify and describe NDT-appropriate neurological disorders outside of cerebral palsy (CP) and hemiplegia.
- Identify updated resources for proper billing of NDT in specific practice settings.
- Discuss current therapy resources for NDT to enhance the clinical practice.
Patients with History of Substance Use: OT and PT's Roles and Considerations for Treatment
- Describe current definitions and DSM-5 criteria for substance use disorders.
- Recognize how substance use impacts functionality, including ADLs, IADLs and mobility.
- Identify substance use disorder as a primary and as a secondary diagnosis for patients working with OT and PT.
- Illustrate current stigmas and discomforts among therapists who work with patients with substance use disorder.
- Investigate current treatment approaches used by PT and OT for patients with history of substance use disorder.
- Compare interdisciplinary team members relevant to the plan-of-care for patients with substance use disorder.
- Construct an appropriate initial evaluation approach for patients with substance use disorder using provided assessment tools.
Pharmaceuticals and Physical Therapy: Movement with Medication
- Describe and critique U.S. federal law regarding pharmaceuticals.
- Recognize chemical and physiologic components of pharmacology.
- Recall and sequence pharmacodynamic physiology.
- Describe and assess fundamental pharmacokinetic processes.
- Compare pharmaceutical and physiologic variability.
- Justify concern regarding biological antibiotic resistance.
- Distinguish pharmaceutical effects upon the autonomic and central nervous systems.
- Summarize multi-modal pharmaceutical management of hypertension.
- Determine the role of vasodilators in multi-modal medical care.
- Interpret pharmaceutical intervention for cardiopulmonary pathologies.
- Construct the role of physical rehabilitation in the context of sedatives, hypnotics and multi-modal anesthetics.
- Assess the role and objective danger associated with opioid prescription.
Total Shoulder Arthroscopy and Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroscopy
- Describe the path toward having a total shoulder replacement/arthroplasty or a reverse total shoulder replacement/arthroplasty.
- Be able to describe the signs and symptoms associated with shoulder osteoarthritis and treatment strategies for shoulder osteoarthritis.
- Describe an overview of surgical procedure of both the total shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement.
- State the components of a typical physical therapy rehabilitation plan following a total shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement.
- Describe complications related to total shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement surgeries.
- Describe surgical outcomes of total shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement.
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Wounds: Types, Treatments and Practical Prevention
- Discuss the principles, definitions associated with as well as the implications of wound care as they pertain to the role and scope of the physical therapist.
- Define the types of wounds, the characteristics of wounds and how they can be prevented.
- Summarize the phases of the healing process, as well as complications that may be encountered during the healing process.
- Identify each individual in the wound care team and define his or her role within the healing and rehabilitation process.
- Discuss the differences between the subjective and the objective data when performing a wound assessment; explain what information must be gathered to develop a thoughtful and effective treatment plan.
- Explain the purposes, properties of and the different types of wound dressings. Articulate why the conscientious care of these dressings is imperative in the healing process.
- Define several techniques vital to the treatment and prevention of wounds that physical therapists are licensed to perform.
- Summarize the physical therapist’s role in the prevention of
wounds, including risk assessment, patient positioning, footwear
suggestions, as well as pressure relief.
Diabetes and Physical Therapy
- Express the current sociocultural context of diabetes.
- Review physiologic functions of the pancreas and liver.
- Explain the physiologic processes of metabolism and energy utilization.
- Report and interpret the physiologic relationship between insulin and glucose.
- Discuss the pathogenesis of diabetes.
- Contrast and compare Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
- Describe the physiologic relationship between diabetes and obesity.
- Investigate historical medical care for diabetes.
- Interpret medical management strategies related to insulin and pharmaceuticals.
- Sequence diabetes-associated medical complications.
- Define the nature of diabetic wounds and progressions toward wound care versus amputation.
- Formulate objective diabetes-related functional impairments.
- Develop a working medical model to address exercise and lifestyle amendments for individuals with diabetes.
- Support physical therapy exam components for patients with diabetes.
- Appraise physical therapy interventions for diabetic populations.