North American Seminars Inc. Introduces Gait Training An Evidence Based Course Combining Manual Therapy, Exercise and Functional Activities

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North American Seminars two-day intermediate level physical therapy and occupational therapy continuing education course provides an orthopedic perspective in the evaluation and treatment of the neurologically involved lower extremity with the use of evidence based practice.

Gait Training - Physical Therapy Continuing Education

Gait Training - Physical Therapy Continuing Education

This course will provide studies that support common theories and treatments involved with the treatment of the lower extremity with a focus on function and gait.

This two-day intermediate PT continuing education seminar provides an orthopedic perspective in the evaluation and treatment of the neurologically involved lower extremity with the use of evidence based practice. This continuing education course is directed at the occupational therapy, physical therapy, PTA, Athletic Trainer and COTA professions. This continuing education for PT and OT will provide studies that support common theories and treatments involved with the treatment of the lower extremity with a focus on function and gait. The concepts and principles demonstrated in this course enhance both the clinician's knowledge base and hands-on skills. Clinicians will learn to not only identify impairments in alignment, but prioritize which impairment is affecting function. They will analyze movement patterns specifically with gait, determine musculoskeletal dysfunctions (including muscle imbalances) and develop a working therapy diagnosis with appropriate therapeutic intervention. Course instruction is enhanced by extensive group interaction and hands-on practice of the evaluation procedures (with case studies). Treatment approaches are aimed at soft tissue mobilization, flexibility activities, strengthening exercises and proprioceptive activities that will improve gait and mobility with patients. Break out sessions will include video analysis of actual patients to allow the clinician to systematically diagnosis patient dysfunction and develop a progessive functional treatment plan. The techniques learned can be applied to a multitude of pathologies in both the neurologic and orthopedic realm (including, but not exclusive to: CVA, SCI, TBI, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, CP, deconditioning, hip pathologies, arthritis, etc). This course assists the clinician in becoming more efficient with making the correct therapy diagnosis, documenting, analyzing, communicating and progressing the patient to a more functional level.

This physical therapy continuing education course is instructed by:

Kimberly A. Costello, PT, DPT, NCS, OCS earned her masters of physical therapy in 1991 from Northern Arizona University. She was NDT certified in 1995, received her certification as a neurology specialist by the APTA in 2000 and received her certification as an orthopedic specialist in 2002. In May of 2002 the University of Southern California awarded Kim a doctorate of physical therapy. She received the Order of the Golden Cane, which is the highest honor awarded to graduates who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in a variety of professional areas. While in her doctoral program at USC, Kim worked as an assistant instructor in the DPT program at the university as well as treating physical therapy patients. Dr. Costello was awarded the Outstanding Mentorship Award for her exceptional skill in assisting students to master difficult curricular content. Throughout her career, Dr. Costello’s primary focus in physical therapy has always been on providing both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. In addition to hands-on physical therapy, Dr. Costello was a clinical manager for over five years. Kim received the 5-Star Award given to outstanding employees within that health system. Kim is frequently a guest lecturer and is involved in teaching at various colleges within her geographical area. Neurology and orthopedics form an important part of Dr. Costello’s background. Her expertise includes all forms of orthopedic and neurological diagnoses including traumatic head injuries, cerebral vascular accidents, pathological conditions, orthopedic insults and postsurgical care. Presently, Dr. Costello owns Blue Ridge Physical Therapy where she treats a diverse population of patients with a variety of diagnoses focusing on orthopedic and neurological insults. Kim demonstrates a hands-on approach individualized to each patient rather than to each diagnosis.

Check out the North American Seminars PT continuing education courses online that supplement this course material.

This PT Continuing education seminars will be presented on:

January 19-20, 2013 at San Ramon Regional Medical Center – San Ramon, CA

January 26-27, 2013 Methodist Dallas Medical Center – Dallas Texas

May 4-5, 2013 at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson – Henderson, NV

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