Aquatic Therapy for Lower Extremity: Applying CPG Recommendations Into Practice
Section: Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy
Session Code: AQ-3A-1884
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Capitol

Speaker(s):   Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

In recent years there has been a growing drive within the health care community and within APTA membership to practice evidence-based medicine. APTA and several individual specialty sections are in engaged in developing and updating a variety of physical therapy–specific clinical practice guidelines. In this session, the presenter will review the importance of incorporating recommendations and findings of clinical practice guidelines into practice. These documents provide helpful guidance in choosing evidence- based interventions, but leave it up to the expertise of the therapist to apply many of these interventions. As an orthopaedic certified specialist, aquatic therapy specialist, and clinician, the presenter will link recommendations from 3 lower-extremity clinical practice guidelines to aquatic therapy interventions. Relevant aquatic therapy research will be discussed as it relates to the clinical decision-making process. Clinicians will gain the skills to apply the research recommendations into practice.

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

1. Describe the importance of implementing recommendations from clinical practice guidelines into clinical practice.

2. Develop a plan of care based on the recommendations from the clinical practice guidelines for ankle sprains, hip osteoarthritis, and knee ligament injury.

3. Apply aquatic therapy interventions within the plan of care for common lower-extremity diagnoses based on recommendations from clinical practice guidelines for ankle sprains, hip osteoarthritis, and knee ligament injury.

4. Integrate the use of physical therapy clinical practice guidelines into orthopaedic aquatic practice.

CEU: 0.2

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