The Physical Therapy Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation offers interactive trainings where physical therapy educators learn from the best in the field about Parkinson’s.
Curriculum topics include:
- Differential diagnosis highlighting motor and non-motor features of typical and atypical parkinsonism.
- Imaging and the clinical examination roles in diagnosing Parkinson’s.
- A contemporary evidenced-based overview of the pharmacological, surgical and rehabilitative management of people living with early, moderate and advanced Parkinson’s.
- An evidence-based approach to Parkinson’s examination, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention (via lecture, discussion and clinical observations).
- Recommendations to implement standardized outcome measures across the participation, activity and impairment level domains.
- A contemporary multidisciplinary care model to optimize the care of people with Parkinson’s across the continuum of the disease.
- Current research supporting essential PD physical therapy elements — including gait and balance training, strategies to improve functional mobility and reduce falls, the benefits of external cueing, treadmill training, cardiovascular fitness training, strengthening and flexibility exercises.