What You Do Matters: Physical Therapy Induced Neuroplasticity - Day 1
Section: Academy of Neurologic PT
Session Code: NE-P1-9769
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Hilton Riverside
Room: Grand Salon A

Speaker(s):   Michele Basso, PT, EdD
  Deborah Kegelmeyer, PT, DPT
  Anne Kloos, PhD, PT, NCS
  Deborah Nichols-Larsen, Ph.D.

Session Type: Preconference Courses
Session Level: Intermediate

Neural injury, whether from trauma (stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury) or degenerative conditions (Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington disease) is associated with a primary neurologic injury as well as a cascade of secondary neurologic changes that manifest as impairments and functional deficits. Understanding the mechanisms of neurologic damage is critical to understanding these conditions.

Further, over the last two decades, the fields of neurologic physical therapy and neuroscience have advanced our understanding of movement enhanced neural recovery and the neurologic mechanisms that support or hinder recovery. Of interest as well, are possible methods of inducing neural protective mechanisms that may delay the onset of symptoms from degenerative disease or secondary damage from a primary injury. Notably, neural plasticity can be adaptive, providing the basis for recovery, or maladaptive, impeding recovery. Thus, the future of effective physical therapy treatment methods rests in maximizing adaptive neuroplasticity and avoiding activities that might induce maladaptive plasticity.

This two day course will discuss the relative mechanisms of neural injury, adaptive and maladaptive neuroplasticity as well as synthesize the evidence related to treatment approaches that have been found to prevent neural injury, maximize neural recovery or induce maladaptive plasticity. Multiple case studies will provide the basis for discussions of treatment approaches for inducing adaptive plasticity.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss the mechanisms of both primary and secondary neural injury;

2. Compare and contrast the mechanisms and activities that induce neural protective, adaptive and maladaptive neuroplasticity;

3. Differentiate methods of measuring neuroplasticity

4. Analyze treatment methods for multiple conditions related to their capacity to induce adaptive or maladaptive plasticity.

CEU: 1.3

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