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Therapeutic Interventions for Workers With Mild Traumatic Head Injury

presented by Lauren Koth, PT, DPT

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Financial: Lauren Koth receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Noninancial: Lauren Koth 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: 35 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 47 Minutes

This course will address the specific interventions for injured workers presenting with concussion symptoms following mild traumatic head injury. Injured workers have varying perceptions of their injuries, recovery, and eventual return to work. This course will review concepts of the biopsychosocial model of care, the importance of patient education, and how to encourage patients to be active partners in their own rehabilitation. We will review concussion interventions that address impairment of vestibular, oculomotor, BPPV, and balance and motor control. This course will help therapists progress patients through the phases of rehabilitation by addressing their aerobic, exercise, and functional tolerance while appropriately progressing them toward return to work.

Meet Your Instructor

Lauren Koth, PT, DPT

Dr. Lauren Koth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has been practicing in the outpatient neurological and orthopedic settings since graduating. She has taken several continuing educational courses in orthopedics and in vestibular and postconcussion syndrome. Dr. Koth obtained her concussion specialist certification in 2019. She…

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1. Patient Education and Self-Care

This chapter will introduce the role of patient education to address any negative perceptions and promote patient engagement in aerobic exercise. Understanding patient perceptions and fear avoidance behaviors will create an opportunity for therapists to address patient-centered care with graded exercise that will assist in return to function. Additionally, we will review appropriate exercise prescription to address patient impairments and symptomology.

2. Vestibular and Concussion Interventions

In this chapter, we will review interventions and rehabilitation strategies for managing injured workers with concussion-related impairments. Interventions should address patient impairments specific to oculomotor exercises, vestibulo-ocular reflex integration, canalith repositioning maneuvers, balance reintegration, and endurance training.

3. Graduated Activity Integration

This chapter will introduce concepts of exertion therapy and creating an individualized therapy program to progress the patient toward return-to-work goals. We will address patient progression through each phase of rehabilitation and provide insight into aerobic, exercise, and functional components. Finally, we will provide an understanding of how a patient should be progressed safely through the phases based on presentation and gains in functional activity tolerance.

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