MDS-ES Gait Disturbances in PD: What PTs Have to Know to Treat Patients

MDS-ES Gait Disturbances in PD: What PTs Have to Know to Treat Patients

Lectures and associated resources available November 30 and December 1
Live Q&A sessions November 30 and December 1, 17:00 – 19:00 CET

 

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Course Directors

Elisa Pelosin, DPT, PhD and Laura Avanzino, MD, PhD

Faculty

Nienke de Vries, PT, PhD
Moran Gilat, PhD
Anat Mirelman, PhD
Alice Nieuwboer, PhD
Monika Pötter-Nerger, MD, PhD

Course Description

Gait impairments are among the most common and disabling symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Gait problems worsen as the disease progresses, which is a major disease burden that markedly affects independence and quality of life. Current management of gait disturbances, including freezing of gait, involves a multidisciplinary approach with pharmacological and surgical treatment options, as well as non-pharmacological treatment including physiotherapy.

The online course is aimed at qualified physiotherapists who want to specialize in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease. It is directed towards both physiotherapists with lower-level expertise in Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation and those who already have experience in the field.

The educational objectives are intended to improve the knowledge of pathophysiology, phenomenology and the evidence-based physiotherapy approaches of gait disturbances, including freezing of gait, in PD.

Participants will have ample opportunity for interaction and discussion with experts in the field during the course.

Interactive Components

Live Interactive Question and Answer Session: 10-20 minutes each following all lectures

Target Audience

This course is intended for graduated physiotherapists with lower-level expertise in Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation and those who already have experience in the field.

Learning Objectives 
  1. Understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of gait disturbances in PD
  2. Recognize the phenomenology of gait disturbances in PD
  3. Design appropriate exercise programs which address and target the needs of Parkinson’s disease patients and take prognostic variables into account
  4. Implement an evidence-based approach to treatment
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