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Parkinson's Disease: Postural Instability Interventions

Course #: 03-975

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CE Credit Hours: 4.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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CEU Course Description

Balance dysfunction and postural instability in Parkinson's disease (PD) are among the most relevant determinants of an impaired quality of life and proprioceptive deficits have been largely documented in PD patients.  The goals of this CEU course are to investigate the effectiveness of conventional physiotherapy interventions in the management of balance dysfunction and postural instability in persons with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a rehabilitation-training program combined with the use of a sensory-motor orthotic in improving balance, examine the effects of a balance-based exergaming intervention using the Kinect sensor, and determine whether improvement in postural instability is associated with Frontal Assessment Battery (FAB) score as an indicator of frontal lobe dysfunction.

CEU Course Objectives

1.  Conclude the informational source that postural control in PD patients mainly relies on.

2.  Determine which training method will help to improve range of motion, endurance, gait parameters, functional reaching activities and postural stability in particular and balance at large.

3.  Explain how anticipatory postural adjustments and reactive postural reactions in PD are compromised.

4.  Identify the intervention that has been found significant in reducing the number of fallers.

5.  Provide the common incapacitating symptom of PD.

6.  Summarize what the findings suggest as a component of exercise to be most beneficial in improving postural stability in people with PD.

CEU Course Syllabus

  Overview of the Effects of PT on Balance and Postural Instability  
  1.0 Contact Hours  
  Sensori-motor Orthotics
  1.0 Contact Hours
  Exergaming Interventions
  1.0 Contact Hours
  Immediate Effects of PT Treatment
  1.0 Contact Hours

Total = 4 Contact Hours
Instructional level:  Intermediate

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