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Advanced Physical Therapy Examination of Individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

presented by Anne Kloos, PT, PhD, NCS

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Financial: Anne Kloos receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial:  Anne Kloos has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 112 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 30 Minutes

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a degenerative disease affecting motor neurons resulting in complex issues impacting health, function, and participation. Therapists must be equipped to provide care all stages of the disease in an ever-changing health care environment. This course provides the physical therapist advanced knowledge in examination and treatment of the client with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis across all stages of the disease. Information is presented using a case study example interwoven with evidence-based information. On completion of this course, the therapist will be able to apply evidence-based tests and measures to examinations and interventions for the treatment of individuals with ALS across the full spectrum of the disease.

Meet Your Instructor

Anne Kloos, PT, PhD, NCS

Anne Kloos received her physical therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master's and doctoral degrees in biology/neuroscience from Cleveland State University. Dr. Kloos is currently a professor-clinical in the physical therapy division at The Ohio State University, where she teaches adult neurorehabilitation and neuroscience courses and conducts research on balance and gait…

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1. Differentiating Classical ALS and Its Variants

Classical ALS involves degeneration of both upper and lower motor neurons, resulting in upper and lower motor neuron signs and symptoms. Variants of ALS include bulbar onset ALS, progressive muscular atrophy, primary lateral sclerosis, and ALS with frontotemporal dementia. This chapter provides the therapist advanced knowledge about the differential characteristics of classical ALS and its variants.

2. Evidence-Based Examination and Treatment for the Client with ALS

Appropriate management of the client with ALS is based on application of evidence-based examination tests and measures and treatment interventions. This chapter prepares the therapist to select and use appropriate examination techniques and interventions across all stages of the disease.

3. Providing PT Across the Course of the Disease: Case Study

In this chapter, knowledge gained about current best practice for physical therapy management of a client with ALS will be applied to a case study. Rationale for selection of examination outcome measures and interventions across all of the disease stages will be presented. Reimbursement issues will be briefly discussed.

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