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Optimizing the PT/ PTA Team Part 1: Peripheral Neuropathy, Knee OA, and Lumbar Stenosis

presented by Kathy Fagan, PT, MPT, COFS, FSOAE, GTCCS, EOLD, GCS and Michael Fagan, LPTA, EOLD, FSOAE

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Video Runtime: 143 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 7 Minutes

In this two-part course series, watch six real patients, experiencing a variety of common issues, expertly seen by a physical therapist/ physical therapist assistant team. This course series demonstrates effective evaluation and intervention of the older adult in any setting where PTs and PTAs work together. Optimizing the PT/PTA team approach with specific examples of standardized tests and evidenced based treatment techniques allows for effective delivery of best practice for your patients.

PT: As therapists, we face constant demands to provide the best level of care in the most efficient manner, and to document effectively for maximum reimbursement. In this course, you will watch evidence-based, effective, and well documented care as real patients are evaluated by an experienced PT, followed immediately with treatment by a PTA.

PTA: Using appropriate evaluation tools and documenting meaningful results allows the PTA to begin treatment without the need to spend valuable time reassessing the patient on the first treatment visit to determine the course of treatment. Having evidence-based protocols in place provide a starting point for the PTA to jump in and begin the delivery of a great therapy experience. We describe the most effective evidenced based management programs for common diagnoses including lumbar stenosis, knee OA, and peripheral neuropathy. Mike and Kathy provide examples of treatment programs, HEPs, and documentation of each eval and treatment.

Listen to both perspectives as a PT and a PTA provide their unique perspectives on how to work together to get excellent patient outcomes. This course series is a must for both PTs and PTAs working in any setting as a team. Mike and Kathy Fagan evaluate and treat 6 different patients in a clinical setting with focus on effective evaluation tools and EBM programs with progression, and the most efficient documentation of the evals and treatments.

Optimizing the PT/ PTA Team Series

Meet Your Instructors

Kathy Fagan, PT, MPT, COFS, FSOAE, GTCCS, EOLD, GCS

Kathy graduated from the University of Evansville with a Master of Physical Therapy in 1996. Since then, she has worked in several capacities and environments within the PT world. She started out at Greenview Hospital in Bowling Green, KY, as a staff Physical Therapist. Within six months, she was offered a therapist staffing position in…

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Michael Fagan, LPTA, EOLD, FSOAE

Mike decided to leave the world of law enforcement in 2008 and go back to school to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. He graduated from Volunteer State Community College in 2009 and went to work with Kathy in Home Health. Mike was an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater for several…

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1. Introduction

This course series demonstrates effective evaluation and intervention of the older adult in any setting where PTs and PTAs work together. Optimizing the PT/PTA team approach with specific examples of standardized tests and evidenced based treatment techniques allows for effective delivery of best practice for your patients.

2. Peripheral Neuropathy: Evaluation and treatment

Kathy and Mike evaluate and treat a real patient with Peripheral Neuropathy using the latest evidence-based information.

3. Knee OA: Evaluation and treatment

Kathy and Mike evaluate and treat a real patient with Knee OA using the latest evidence-based information.

4. Lumbar Stenosis and SI Dysfunction: Evaluation and treatment

Kathy and Mike evaluate and treat a real patient with Lumbar Stenosis and Si dysfunction using the latest evidence-based information.

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