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Stroke - Understanding Etiology and Developing Evidence-Based Pathways to Achieve Functional Outcomes

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Why take this engaging online course with an interactive session?

  • Combine a studio filmed online course with an interactive course presented as a webinar.
  • Take up to one year to complete the online course.
  • Interact with the instructor with your specific questions from the online course
  • Get further instructions on complex areas of the material
  • Register online and the online course will be automatically, any bonus courses will be added by our support team.

Why should a physical therapist, occupational therapist or athletic trainer take this intermediate level stroke continuing education course?

Why is the average length of stay in a hospital setting a critical number to know? It is the main factor that affects every one of your patients diagnosed with a stroke. What will become of this person after being discharged– will they function independently? Will they need assistance in the home? Can they go back to work or play? Will they be sent to an assisted facility?

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and it is one of the major reasons for disability. Now compound this issue of debilitating musculoskeletal and cognitive problems with the fact that we are in a new era of strokes where a large percentage of stroke patients are under 55. Do you understand the implications of a stroke diagnosis in this population? We have new challenges with this younger age that we didn’t have with the older population. In many cases, they need to get back to work, play, and maybe care for children. If you have a true understanding of the mechanisms of injury and residual effects of a stroke, you can develop individualized goals for the best possible functional outcomes for your patient ranging in all age groups.

Rehab clinical tools instructed in this stroke continuing education course to enhance your functional outcomes.

  • Foundational information needed to maximize functional mobility with their clients who have suffered a stroke.
  • Patient testimonials provided by three stroke survivors shape your understanding and perspective on treatment plan development for this population.

Specific instruction that will enhance your understanding and ability to deliver better patient care.

  • A systematic approach to functional anatomy provides the basis for developing appropriate individualized treatment programs.
  • An understanding of the interconnectivity of cerebral function and identifying the impact of damage to specific anatomical structures in its relationship to cognition, function, and behavior.
  • Prioritization and intensity of treatment to avoid setbacks and to progress the stroke patient within the time constraints.
  • Tone and the management of tone to promote functional movement.
  • Common gait deviations and rehab solutions address the management of the hemiplegic shoulder and secondary issues that arise from the immobility that need to be addressed in order to have a functional shoulder girdle.
  • The impact the progression of goals in the hospital, outpatient, SNF or home settings.

Engage in an interactive webinar with Laura Wiggs, PT, NCS, CBIS

  • 8:00–9:00
    • Challenges facing the young stroke survivor
    • Cognitive Deficits
    • Behavior
    • Community Mobility
    • Ideas for addressing in therapy
    • Ideas for home exercise programs
  • 9:00–9:30
    • Neuroplasticity
    • Incorporating into therapy
    • Incorporating into day to day routine
  • 9:30–10:00
    • Motor Learning
  • 10:00–11:00
    • Case presentation discussion
    • Lessons from case 1
    • Lessons from case 2
    • Lessons from case 3
    • Questions/answers

Features unique to this CVA continuing education course.

  • Three patient testimonials provide a unique insight into the challenges in developing effective treatment programs.
  • Neurosurgeon, physical medicine physician, and physical and occupational therapists detail a multidisciplinary approach to a successful stroke rehabilitation program.
  • Evidence-based options to assist with making complex decisions that impact the progression of goals in the hospital, outpatient, SNF, and home settings.
  • Patient lab-demo for gait training following a stroke.
  • Patient demo for the hemiplegic shoulder.
  • Recommendations for educational plans for the family and patient to transition out of the hospital.
  • Case studies referenced, focus on the specific deficits and rehab measures to isolate function and improve mobility and independence.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the needs of the stroke patient and family members throughout the recovery process and transition of settings.
  • Identify the need for working closely with an interdisciplinary team and communicate the need for possible medical intervention.
  • Identify the regions of the brain, specific functions and the impact of neuroanatomical lesions in particular regions.
  • Identify the different causes for a stroke and the growing trend in the younger population.
  • Discuss the different symptoms associated with a cortical stroke versus a subcortical stroke.
  • Recognize cognitive deficits and the effect on attention and concentration, memory, slowed information, processing speed, executive dysfunction, language and communication deficits, and visuospatial impairments.
  • Recognize when a stroke has caused an attention break down and how this impacts the progression of therapy.
  • Recognize how the stroke has impacted executive functions and specific signs that can be present themselves during activities.
  • Determine if a patient has poor initiation or has had an injury to the reticular activating system and is unable to self initiate an activity.
  • Identity when a patient is presenting with depression or anxiety and discuss their needs with the multidisciplinary team.
  • Develop different interaction strategies to accommodate specific types of aphasia.
  • Identify field cut symptoms versus inattention signs.
  • Identify the different types of apraxia and the impact on the individuals motor ability.
  • Recognize the significance of cognitive fatigue and the impact on meeting goals.
  • Identify the classic signs with spasticity, hypokinesia, dystonia, spastic dystonia and the differences in tonal patterns.
  • Discuss the orthopedic and medical interventions to control tone and neurogenic pain.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of chemical denervation and intrathecal baclofen.
  • Differentiate between weakness and poor biomechanical alignment versus dynamic tone including co-contractions.
  • Identify if this is a true equinovarus or an apparent equinovarus.
  • Utilize specific tools and observations skills when breaking down the gait pattern and identifying dysfunction.
  • Develop strategies for assessing and treating cognitive, behavioral, vision, and language deficits for improved outcomes throughout the continuum.
  • Support your treatment parameters for the amount of rehab that individuals should be receiving, and the amount of exercise that individuals post strokes should receive with evidence-based research.
  • Incorporate passive and active goals into your treatment program.
  • Develop treatments that promote isolation of movement and control based upon evidence-based research success.
  • Develop a treatment approach to effectively manage the hemiplegic shoulder while incorporating cervical and shoulder girdle manual therapy.
  • Perform manual therapy to improve mobility and tone, decrease pain and edema.
  • Identify the pain generators that contribute to hemiplegic shoulder pain, and perform basic treatment techniques for management.
  • Recognize the importance of positioning to decrease tone and minimize long term musculoskeletal complications.
  • Incorporate community integration exercises and activities into your comprehensive program.

Professional Accreditation

This is an intermediate level course applicable for PT, PTA, OT, AT.Physical Therapy Accreditation: For specific state information use the accreditation verification menu and select your state of license. AOTA: provider #4487, Occupational therapy professional development activity: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery, evaluation and intervention, and Foundation Knowledge: human body, development, and behavior. Athletic Trainers: BOC provider #P2047, category A. This course has not been submitted for Evidence-Based BOC approval.

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Course Dates

May 22, 2021

14.5 hours of CE credit

Interactive Online Session

8:00 AM-11:00 AM Central Time, 9:00 AM-12 noon Eastern Time

Tuition: $ 350.00

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  • CE Hours: 12.0 hrs, 1.2 CEU
  • Delivered: Online
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