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Advanced Physical Therapy Examination of Clients with Huntington's Disease

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: 78 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 33 Minutes

Huntington's disease is a genetic disorder resulting in complex issues impacting health, function, and participation. Therapists must be equipped to provide care in an ever-changing health care environment. This course provides the therapist with advanced knowledge in examination of the client across all stages of Huntington's 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 use evidence-based tests and measures for the examination of clients with Huntington's 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. Huntington’s Disease: Etiology, Symptoms, and Treatments

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes damage to many areas of the brain, and especially the striatum. Therapists must be able to recognize the common motor, cognitive, and psychiatric symptoms of HD throughout all stages of the disease. This chapter provides the therapist advanced knowledge about the etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, and medical treatment of clients with HD and how they impact physical therapy care.

2. Examination and Assessment

Appropriate care of the client with Huntington’s disease is based on a thorough and accurate examination. This chapter prepares the therapist to select and use appropriate examination techniques, including the selection of outcome measures across all stages of the disease.

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

In this chapter, knowledge gained about current best practice for physical therapy examination of a client with HD will be applied to a case study. Rationale for selection of examination outcome measures across all of the disease stages will be presented.

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