Addressing Gait and Balance Impairments in the Pool
Section: Aquatic Physical Therapy Section
Session Code: AQ-3A-7562
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Room: Republic A

Speaker(s):   Emily Dunlap, PT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Gait and balance impairments are associated with a reduced level of function and increased morbidity and mortality. Patients with these impairments constitute a large proportion of physical therapy practice. Many patients are treated successfully with traditional land physical therapy but evidence supports the use of the aquatic environment to enhance outcomes, especially for patients with certain characteristics. This 2-hour lecture will explore the evidence on aquatic physical therapy aimed at improving gait and balance outcomes in the adult orthopedic and neurologic populations. A systematic approach to evaluation of common gait and balance impairments paired with specific aquatic interventions will be given. Multiple case examples utilizing before-and-after videos will visualize the effectiveness of aquatic physical therapy.

Learning Objectives:

1. Apply evidence-based practice to support the need for aquatic physical therapy intervention to address gait and balance impairments in the adult orthopedic and neurologic populations.
2. Analyze gait and balance on land then design aquatic intervention to address common gait and balance impairments in the adult orthopedic and neurologic populations.
3. Creatively use a variety of equipment for gait and balance activities in the pool.
4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the aquatic intervention on addressing gait and balance impairments including use of outcome studies.

CEU: 0.2

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