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Parkinson's Disease: Applying What We Know Now (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Mike Studer, PT, DPT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, CBFP, CSRP, FAPTA

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

Nonfinancial: Mike Studer has no competing nonfinancial 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: 170 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

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Disease modification, compensation, and rehabilitation for Parkinson's disease (PD) are three different tracts. Within these, it is common to see the rehabilitation for Parkinson's disease discussed as "one approach" and oversimplified into a one-size-fits-all schema. This course will further delineate the subtypes of PD, include a thorough discussion of the various subtypes (phenotypes), and begin to ascribe treatment strategies specific to each presentation. We will address the primary symptoms in PD. Thereafter, the course builds on this well-established classification paradigm for patients with primary tremor and rigidity and those with primary dyskinesia, freezing of gait, posture, and festination. Clinicians in the audience will be invited to use the paradigm to further the discussion of subtyping PD and researching within these categories as well as extend into matters of compensation and disease modification. We will provide video and case study application across three different classifications of Parkinson's disease and reveal applicable treatment strategies that are salient for all rehabilitation professionals in the acute, home, inpatient (SNF and IRF), and outpatient settings.

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Mike Studer received his physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991. He received his postprofessional MHS degree in physical therapy with neurologic emphasis from the University of Indianapolis. He has been board-certified as a clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy since 1995 and designated a certified exercise expert in the aging adult…

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1. Description of the Neurophysiology of This Degenerative Disease

This chapter is a description of the neurophysiology of Parkinson's disease, and it reviews statistics and trends of how common the disease is.

2. Physiology of Rehabilitation and Exercise in PD

This chapter includes the neurophysiology of rehabilitation and exercise on Parkinson's disease.

3. Dyskinesia

This chapter will review the disease- and medication-induced movement disorder of dyskinesia, including nontremor involuntary movements, in Parkinson's disease.

4. Tremor and Rigidity

This chapter will review the disease-induced resting tremor and background activity/rigidity in Parkinson's disease.

5. Postural Instability and Gait Disorder (PIGD)

This chapter will review the primary changes leading to flexed posture, freezing, falling, and instability in Parkinson's disease.

6. Dual-Task in PD

This chapter will review the primary changes leading to dual-task intolerance, and the personalized considerations and interventions in Parkinson's disease.

7. Dosage in PD

This chapter will review the primary Parkinson's disease changes effected through function and elevated intensity in exercise.

8. Caregiver Training With Disease Progression

This chapter will review the PD- and phenotype-specific caregiver handling changes that are indicated to enhance function and rehabilitation success.

9. Summary

This chapter will summarize the main learning opportunities that were reviewed and gained in this course.

10. Question and Answer Session

This segment is a viewer-submitted question and answer session facilitated by Mike Studer.

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