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Advanced Physical Therapy Management of Multiple Sclerosis

presented by Herb Karpatkin and Evan T. Cohen

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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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Persons with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) frequently receive referrals for physical therapy. Although most physical therapy schools present basic knowledge in pathophysiology, evaluation, and treatment of persons with MS, information on advanced practice is necessary as MS is a disease of tremendous variability which can evolve significantly over time, with patients presenting with different levels of symptomatology and severity over the course of their lifetimes. The purpose of this course is to present a description of advanced physical therapy practice for PTs who work with MS. This makes the course an excellent means of preparing for the NCS exam.

Meet Your Instructors

Herb Karpatkin, PT, DSc, NCS, MSCS (Presenter)

Herb Karpatkin, PT, DSc graduated from the Physical Therapy program at Sargent College, Boston University in 1989, and received his doctoral degree in neurologic physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health professions. He is a Certified Multiple Sclerosis Specialist from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers and a board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist through…

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Evan T. Cohen, PT, MA, PhD, NCS (Co-Author)

Evan T. Cohen, PT, MA, PhD, NCS received his BS degree in Health Sciences and MA degree in Physical Therapy from Touro College (NY) in 1992, and his PhD degree in Health Sciences from Trident University (CA) in 2010. Dr. Cohen is currently an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program-South in the…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue

This chapter discusses how fatigue, the most common in symptom in MS, can influence all aspects of mobility. Means of testing for and evaluating different types of fatigue are reviewed and clinical implications discussed. This chapter also introduces the concept that MS is a disease that changes over time due to disease progression.

2. Mild MS Disability

This chapter presents information on persons with mild disability due to MS. Physical therapy evaluation and treatment techniques are specified. A case study is used to illustrate the concepts presented.

3. Moderate MS Disability

This chapter presents information on persons with moderate disability due to MS. Physical therapy evaluation and treatment techniques are specified. A case study is used to illustrate the concepts presented.

4. Severe MS Disability

This chapter presents information on persons with severe disability due to MS. Physical therapy evaluation and treatment techniques are specified. A case study is used to illustrate the concepts presented.

5. Age-Related Issues in MS

This chapter introduces participants to issues related to aging in persons with MS. Both pediatric and geriatric issues will be presented, and the clinical implications of physical therapy evaluation and treatment in these populations will be discussed.

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