This course will provide participants with essential tools for examination and evaluation of gait in adults with neurological injury or disease, with the end goal of determining appropriate therapeutic interventions and/or orthotic management to maximize gait recovery. Stroke will be the diagnosis emphasized in the course because of its prevalence, but the course will also address gait dysfunction and recovery in spinal cord injury, Parkinson ’s disease, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, and other neuromuscular disorders. Common gait deviations and trends in gait recovery will be discussed. Evidence based activity, exercise, and orthotic interventions specific to the rehabilitation and recovery of gait will be presented. Participants will have opportunities to see and handle orthotic examples and practice application of information through video and paper patient cases.

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Educational Credit

A certificate of attendance for 15 Contact Hours will be awarded to each participant. All Therapy Network Seminars are pre‐approved for CEUs in the state where the course is conducted when required for PT, OT, & Assistants.

AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 3073 Category 1 Domain of OT. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop for PT, PTA, OT, and OTA.

NOTE: Nothing in this course is to enable or permit the learner to apply techniques outside of the scope of practice in their individual state and discipline.

Objectives

  • Describe normal gait in terms of joint position and muscle activity by phase and body segment
  • Apply knowledge of normal gait to determining specific gait deviations during pathological gait
  • Hypothesize probable causative factors for specific identified gait deviations in pathological gait
  • Analyze the determinants and prevalence of gait recovery following common neurological injuries or diseases
  • Demonstrate the appropriate examination and evaluation techniques for assessing gait following common neurological injuries or diseases
  • Identify the common gait deviations/gait patterns present in pathological gait for each of the common neurological injuries or diseases
  • Identify evidence based therapeutic interventions to maximize recovery of gait in persons with neurological injuries or disease.
  • Identify the role of orthotics in gait rehabilitation
  • Identify and demonstrate the common gait deviations present in each of the common neurological injuries/diseases that warrant orthotic management
  • Examine the major causes of these common gait deviations and how they can be corrected with proper orthotic management
  • Review and appraise the evidence regarding the utilization of orthotics
  • Synthesize knowledge of gait impairments and deviations, along with best practice evidence, to create the appropriate therapeutic and/or orthotic prescription
  • Examine actual orthoses commonly utilized for gait and discuss/practice appropriate tuning of these braces
  • Examine the use of functional electrical stimulation in gait rehabilitation for persons with neurological injury or disease

Schedule

  • Day 1

    8:00 Continental Breakfast and Registration
    8:30 Normal Gait
    10:00 BREAK
    10:15 Observational Gait Analysis: Deviation to probable cause
    12:00 LUNCH - ON YOUR OWN
    1:00 Video application lab
    2:00 Comprehensive Examination and Evaluation of Gait
    3:15 BREAK
    3:30 Common gait deviations/causative factors with lab
    5:30 Q/A, Adjourn
  • Day 2

    7:45 Continental Breakfast
    8:00 Gait Recovery: What we see, what is possible
    10:00 BREAK
    10:15 Gait Interventions (task specific)
    12:00 LUNCH - ON YOUR OWN
    1:00 The role of orthotics/matching exam findings to orthotic prescription
    2:30 Lab – Gait retraining (activities and handling)
    3:30 Lab – Orthotics (examine, trial, adjust actual orthotic devices)
    5:00 Q/A and Adjourn

Cancellation Policy

Registration fee less a $75 administrative charge is refundable if cancellation received 14 days prior to program date. No refunds will be given after that time. Therapy Network, Inc. reserves the right to cancel a seminar and will refund in full the registration fee only. TNI is NOT responsible for registrants nonrefundable airfare, accommodations or fees.