Gait Training-An Evidence Based Course Combining Manual Therapy, Exercise and Functional Activities

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

This intermediate level 2-day course provides an orthopedic perspective in the evaluation and treatment of the neurologically involved lower extremity with the use of evidence based practice. This course will provide studies that support common theories and treatments involved with the treatment of the lower extremity with a focus on function and gait. The concepts and principles demonstrated in this course enhance both the clinician’s knowledge base and hands-on skills. Clinicians will learn to not only identify impairments in alignment, but prioritize which impairment is affecting function. They will analyze movement patterns specifically with gait, determine musculoskeletal dysfunctions (including muscle imbalances) and develop a working therapy diagnosis with appropriate therapeutic intervention. Course instruction is enhanced by extensive group interaction and hands-on practice of the evaluation procedures (with case studies). Treatment approaches are aimed at soft tissue mobilization, flexibility activities, strengthening exercises and proprioceptive activities that will improve gait and mobility with patients. Break out sessions will include video analysis of actual patients to allow the clinician to systematically diagnosis patient dysfunction and develop a progessive functional treatment plan. The techniques learned can be applied to a multitude of pathologies in both the neurologic and orthopedic realm (including, but not exclusive to: CVA, SCI, TBI, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, CP, deconditioning, hip pathologies, arthritis, etc). This course assists the clinician in becoming more efficient with making the correct therapy diagnosis, documenting, analyzing, communicating and progressing the patient to a more functional level.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Differentiate appropriate evaluation techniques and develop treatment programs for specific musculoskeletal restrictions in the neurologically involved lower extremity.
  • Analyze gait abnormalities and prioritize impairments to develop a treatment plan focused on improving function rather than just improving impairments.
  • Identify which muscles are firing/not firing at the appropriate/inappropriate time during a gait cycle.
  • Identify muscle imbalances through weakness, length tension disruption and joint hyper/hypomobility.
  • Design a specific plan of care for each individual patient aimed at the appropriate dysfunction.
  • Discuss how specific treatments are supported by evidence based research.
  • Discuss the difference in treatment focused on improving function versus improving impairments.
  • Demonstrate manual skills to perform soft tissue mobilization (including mobilization with movement and muscle bending), strengthening exercises (including NDT techniques), proprioceptive activities and stretching techniques.
  • Instructor name

    Kimberly A. Contryman, PT, DPT, NCS, OCS

    I am a clinical owner and rehab specialist. I will teach you how to optimize appropriate rehab programs to achieve the best functional outcomes within the new health care guidelines!
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    OT PT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations

    March 23, 2019 - March 24, 2019

    15 hours of CME credit

    Summerlin Hospital Medical Center

    Las Vegas, NV

    Tuition $ 450.00



    April 27, 2019 - April 28, 2019

    15 hours of CME credit

    Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

    Seattle, WA

    Tuition $ 450.00



    May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019

    15 hours of CME credit

    Novant Matthews Medical Center

    Matthews, NC

    Tuition $ 450.00



    September 21, 2019 - September 22, 2019

    18 hours of CME credit

    Baptist Hospital of Miami

    Miami, FL

    Tuition $ 450.00

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    November 16, 2019 - November 17, 2019

    15 hours of CME credit

    Texas Children's Hospital

    Houston, TX

    Tuition $ 450.00



    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU. North American Seminars is and AOTA provider, provider #4487

    North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider #P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

    Online Continuing Education Course Resource For This Course

    PT PTA OT Online Continuing Education Course

    Utilizing Pilates to Enhance Rehab Outcomes

    Price when purchased with registration: $ 79.95

    Delivery: DVD (if DVD - delivered to course site)

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