Online Physical Therapy Courses

Course Instructor

Ms. Carleen Lindsey, PT, MscAH, GCS is a board-certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist with degrees in Physical Education and Physical Therapy from the University of California, and an advanced musculoskeletal Master’s in Allied Health from the University of Connecticut. She is also an APTA Section on Geriatrics Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. She treats an outpatient and homecare caseload composed of geriatric musculoskeletal, osteoporosis, balance, and women’s health patients as well as some younger patients at Bristol Physical Therapy in Bristol, CT.

She also has many years of experience treating patients in ECF, SNF, acute inpatient and senior day care settings. She has also taught as adjunct instructor in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Connecticut. Her continuing education is extensive in geriatrics, manual therapy, PNF, and biomechanics. She has participated in research and publications on osteoporosis and balance in the older adult, authored an instructional video on flexible curve kypholordosis documentation, produced three patient home exercise videos, and presented numerous lectures and courses to professional and lay audiences locally and nationally over the past 25 years. She was the primary developer of the UCHC Rehab Services Osteoporosis Prevention Program. Ms Lindsey has also written chapters for two major Geriatric Rehabilitation text books, and co-authored an osteoporosis home study module for the APTA Section on Women’s Health.

Carleen has been co-chair for the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s (NOF) Committee on Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and is currently part of the NOF Rehabilitation Advisory Council. She has also co-chaired the APTA Geriatrics Section (SOG) Balance and Falls Special Interest Group (SIG) and has held many service positions for the SOG Bone Health SIG. She is a member of the APTA Women’s Health, Geriatric, Orthopaedic, and Private Practice sections as well as the CPTA Manual Therapy SIG. She was the 1999 winner of the APTA Section on Geriatrics Lynn Phillippi Advocacy for Older Adults Award, received the U Conn Allied Health Research Award for Excellence in 2001, and the 2008 APTA SOG President’s Award for Outstanding Service.

Geriatric Exercise - Principles and Practice for Optimal Function

This intermediate level course presents a comprehensive overview of geriatric exercise principles, including detailed information on differential diagnosis, and practice patterns pertaining to most geriatric syndromes that respond to a therapeutic exercise program.

Examination and evaluative procedures applicable for treating a patient without referral are included for each area of physical therapy practice, as needed in the direct access environment. Topics include: age-related musculoskeletal, trunk and lower extremity posture issues, gait and foot considerations, cardiovascular, pulmonary, cognitive and neurological dysfunctions, and a review of each major joint with problems and solutions addressed.

Exercise approaches for common age-related syndromes such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and stroke, Parkinsons disease, balance disorders, bladder dysfunction and peripheral neuropathy are addressed. The course is constructed on a guideline based model, with protocols for differential diagnosis as well as specifics on timelines and precautions. Techniques taught and practiced include postural and aerobic exercise, resistive and aerobic training, safe stretching, gait training, PNF, triplanar functional exercise, and manual therapy with contract/relax.

Evidence for efficacy of techniques is presented in the form of scientific literature references as well as slide and video patient case studies. The course manual includes a full set of ready for clinic exercise sheets, in addition to lecture notes and bibliography. This course are applicable for the therapist treating a patient without referral.

Category: Geriatric Exercise Course, physical therapy continuing education course, occupational therapy continuing education course

Professional Attendance: This continuing medical education course is applicable for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and athletic trainers.

  • Understand evidence-based rationale for physical changes with aging.
  • Evaluate the effects of common drugs on geriatric exercise clients.
  • Choose specific evaluation tools for common problems associated with aging.
  • Design a wide variety of resistive exercise interventions for geriatric clients.
  • Create appropriate exercise interventions for impaired trunk posture.
  • Treat gait and mass movement impairments with PNF techniques.
  • Teach an osteoporosis dance, Tai Chi Walk, and tri-planar exercise for balance and coordination problems.
  • Apply resistive and aerobic training principles to both orthopaedic and neurologically impaired patients.
  • Correct kyphosis with forward head using mobilization with exercise.
  • Apply diagnosis-specific protocols when designing geriatric exercise interventions.

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