Treatment Approaches for the Neurological Progression of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease

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Why Take This Course?

This course provides information on the specific neurological diseases processes of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Muscular Dystrophy. Top neurologists specializing in Multiple Sclerosis will share information concerning the results from current research and clinical studies for patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Evidenced based research results will enable the clinician to understand the underlying mechanism of this disease process, diagnostic tools currently being utilized, medications and the importance of therapy and the future of MS treatments.

Case presentations of patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s, MS and Muscular Dystrophy will provide the clinician with the ability to observe common patterns seen with patients that are characteristic of each of these neurological diseases. The clinician will have the opportunity to get first hand information from the patients on their description of what it is like to be diagnosed with their neurological disease and the limitations and challenges they have encountered.

Therapists will identify the appropriate assessment tools and measurement scales utilized for each disease and apply them to their rehab program. This will provide the clinician with the tools needed to effectively develop a program while maximizing the energy efficiency of their patients.

Demonstrations of how to incorporate Tai Chi, Pilates and Boxing into a comprehensive rehab program will provide the therapist with additional the tools to increase a neurologically involved patient’s gait, coordination, strength, balance and overall quality of life.

The final portion of this course is to review the literature. It is important as clinicians to understand the impact of evidence based research when developing rehab programs for a multitude of diagnoses.

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$ 140.00 USD

CE Hours: 7.0 hrs Delivered: Online

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Course Objectives

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Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course the participant will be able to
  • Discuss the underlying disease process of Multiple Sclerosis and the impact of neuroinflammation on the progression of this disease.
  • Discuss the importance of gut bacteria and vitamin D and its impact on health and disease.
  • Identify the physiological process of remyelination and how this process impacts the symptoms of people with Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Discuss the diagnostic tools utilized today to establish a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and the current treatment protocols that are promoting positive functional outcomes.
  • Discuss the underlying disease process of Parkinson's and LGMD and understand how to modify evaluation and treatment programs to optimize the outcomes.
  • Recognize the assessment tools and measurement scales that are commonly used for specific neurological disease and incorporate the use of these tools within your treatment program to properly assess changes/gains in functional status.
  • Identify key physical characteristics presented in patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's and Muscular Dystrophy.
  • Incorporate Tai Chi, Pilates and Boxing into a comprehensive program to improve balance, coordination, gait, fall risk and quality of life..
  • Develop comprehensive evaluation techniques to obtain key information while optimizing the energy efficiency of the patient.
  • Develop comprehensive rehab programs for the neurologically involved patient to optimize energy efficient functional movement.
  • Apply specific Pilates exercises for a variety of musculoskeletal dysfunctions to increase core strength, coordination and endurance.

The Neurologists Perpective

The Neurologists Perpective
  • The Science of Neurology
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Inflammation
  • What drives the disease progression in multiple sclerosis?

Epidemiology of Neurological Disease

Epidemiology of Neurological Disease
  • Current medications for Multiple Sclerosis
  • Potential side effects of medications for specific neurological diseases
  • Gut bacteria and its role in neurological health
  • Understand the genome of the nervous system

Epidemiology of Multiple Sclerosis

Epidemiology of Multiple Sclerosis
  • History of identifying the disease process associated with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Internal and external factors that contribute to the degeneration of the neurological system
  • Common viruses and physiological conditions that can contribute to a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Pathophysiology of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Biggest functional challenges with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Current Medications that are presenting promising outcomes

The Medical Diagnosis

The Medical Diagnosis
  • Referral to a neurologist for a comprehensive differential diagnostic examination
  • Overview of the functional examination in a neurologist?s examination
  • Diagnostic strategies
  • Investigate the different parts of the nervous system and their function.
  • MS Severity Scale

Current Medication and Treatment for MS

Current Medication and Treatment for MS
  • Current medications currently used to treat Multiple Sclerosis
  • The positive impact of therapeutic rehabilitation and ADL management
  • What are the biggest hurdles with a MS diagnosis?
  • Multiple Sclerosis and pregnancy, Is it advisable?
  • Advances in medicine and the future management of Multiple Sclerosis

Introduction to Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT and Her Philosophy to Rehab

Introduction to Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT  and Her Philosophy to Rehab
  • Professional background of a therapist treating Neurological Diseases.
  • The power of integrating fitness exercises into rehab programs
  • Common exercises from the fitness world that can be incorporated into a progressive rehab program
  • Details on the creative aspects of treatment plan creation

Therapy Concepts for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and An Interview with a MS Patient-Understanding her Journey

Therapy Concepts for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and An Interview with a MS Patient-Understanding her Journey
  • Keep it functional
  • Common symptoms experienced with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Clinical presentation with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Challenges that need to be considered when utilizing a progressive rehab program
  • A Patient’s Perspective:

    • The realization that you have MS
    • Explaining the symptoms of MS
    • The challenge of getting the right diagnosis.
    • First person detail of an MS attack.
    • Learning how to deal with fatigue and a variety of challenging symptoms

Overview of Evaluation and Therapy Plan for a MS Patient-Case Presentation

Overview of Evaluation and Therapy Plan for a MS Patient-Case Presentation
  • The impact of therapy on the MS patient
  • Common gait and balance symptoms
  • Components of a comprehensive evaluation
  • Common Assessment and Diagnostic Tools utilized to establish a baseline and document progression
  • Developing a successful treatment plan with realistic goals
  • Physical and occupational therapy to address mobility, balance and muscle stiffness
  • Activities, exercises and specific technique such as Yoga and Pilates to improve endurance, balance and overall function

Meet a Parkinson’s Patient and Review His Treatment

Meet a Parkinson’s Patient and Review His Treatment
  • Meet a former Russian engineer with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Watch his extensive interview and learn to identify signs and symptoms
  • Hear from family members on their observations and struggles
  • Learn to treat the whole person and not just a disease
  • Prioritizing treatment and keeping it functional
  • Developing treatment programs that address rigidity, bradykinesia, postural instability, and gait issues

Parkinson’s Disease Overview and Assessment

Parkinson’s Disease Overview and Assessment
  • Clinical presentation of Parkinson’s disease
  • Understand the clinical presentation of tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia, postural instability and gait deviations in the Parkinson’s patient
  • Other common symptoms related to Parkinson?s disease
  • Gait and Balance disorders associated with Parkinson's disease
  • Key areas to evaluate
  • Standardized Tests and Measurement Outcome Scales utilized with Parkinson’s patients

Use of Pilates in Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s Disease

Use of Pilates in Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Use of Pilates in Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Bridging
    • Supine
    • Supine on a Half Foam Roll
    • With Swiss Ball under the legs
  • Spine Twist
    • Sitting in a chair
    • Sitting in a chair with Resistance Band behind the back
  • Side Kick Series - Front/Back, Circles, Bicycle
  • Mermaid
  • Front Leg Pull - modified to Front Leg Pull Preparation
    • With/without Resistance Band
  • Swimming
    • Prone
    • Standing
    • In quadruped
    • In quadruped over Swiss Ball
  • Hamstring Stretch Series with Pilates Ring
  • Prone Trunk Extension with Pilates Ring
  • Scapular Elevation/Depression with Foam Roll
    • Prone
    • Sitting at a table with Foam Roll on table at chest height
  • Scapular Protraction/Retraction with Foam Roll
    • Sidelying
    • Standing in doorway with Foam Roll vertically on the wall
    • Trunk Extension with forearms on Foam Roll
    • Swan Dive on Swiss Ball

Creative Exercises for Treating Parkinson’s Disease

Creative Exercises for Treating Parkinson’s Disease
  • Learn to use boxing and Tai Chi exercises for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
  • Investigate a study of six Parkinson’s patients that participated in a boxing training program
  • Using the Pilates reformer in your treatment plan
  • Developing a follow-up plan

Course Test - Evaluate your knowledge

Evaluate your understanding of the online continuing education course material
  • Use the Healthclick proprietary online education system which provides the online student with:
    • Worldwide access to high definition video, anatomical animations and images, and written information
    • The highest quality film in the industry, you can see the difference!
    • Stop and resume within a course, the Healthclick system will optimize your course based on your device, connection and remembers where you left off.
    • Real-time course updates. We are always adding to each courses, updating content, adding animations, these are not static courses!
  • Evaluate your knowledge with the course test on any device.
  • Print your state course certificate for CE credit.
  • Take the online test as many times as need in order to achieve a 70 % or greater score.