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Treatment Insights for Persons Aging With Multiple Sclerosis

presented by Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS and Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS

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Financial: Kay Wing and Valerie Carter receive compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Video Runtime: 87 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 38 Minutes

Disease-modifying treatment interventions enable patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live longer. Although this disease cannot be cured, it can be managed more effectively. Using lecture, demonstration, and patient video examples, this course provides innovative interventions for patients with MS to offer them improved functionality. This course gives the therapist up-to-date evidence for differential diagnosis and medications for disease management. It also presents tests and measurements to effectively track response to therapy. This course is part 4 in a five-part series encompassing the anatomy and treatment for patients with neurodegenerative diseases, including MS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease.

Meet Your Instructors

Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS

Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS, is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and a board-certified neurological and geriatric specialist. She was awarded the Excellence in Neurologic Education Award by the APTA and is a full clinical professor in the Program of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She graduated from NAU…

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Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS

Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS, is the owner of Southwest Advanced Neurological Rehabilitation (SWAN Rehab), an outpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in the treatment of stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological diseases. She received her physical therapy degree at Northwestern University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. She is a board-certified…

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1. Anatomy, Pathophysiology, and Differential Diagnosis in MS

In order to provide optimal interventions founded on effective research for patients with MS, the therapist needs to be able to understand the degenerative process of the nervous system. Differential diagnosis will be appreciated by valuing the anatomy and pathophysiology of the disease process.

2. Functional Tests and Measures to Guide Treatment Specific to Persons Aging With MS

The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and MS-EDGE performance-based and self-report measures to track the patient's response to therapy are presented in this chapter. This chapter stresses the importance of walking speed to measure safety and function in the home and community, with patient video examples to enhance learning.

3. Interventions for Persons Aging With MS

In order to address the specific functional limitations of the patient with MS, the therapist must apply research-centered interventions customized to meet patient-centered needs. Throughout this chapter, there are multiple creative intervention patient video examples to apply the principles learned to your clinical practice.

4. Medication Considerations for Patients with MS

This chapter provides a review of disease-modifying medications, as well as medications to address the sequelae of the disease. Additionally, it identifies alternative interventions for addressing MS.

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