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Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical Perspective for Physical Therapists
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
5:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Virtual Event

Wallace, Sheila
Fee: $40.00

Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical Perspective for Physical Therapists

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - 5:15 PM to 8:00 PM

Online / Interactive

Host/Sponsor: MossRehab – Elkins Park

Online registration begins at 5:15 PM. Lecture starts promptly at 5:30 PM.

This course includes SUGGESTED PRE WORK which will focus on health disparities, accessibility of medications and intervention considerations in Multiple Sclerosis. Links will be sent one week prior to the course.

Click here for a copy of the brochure with agenda.

Course Description:

You may be surprised to learn that Multiple Sclerosis cases are more prevalent in northern states like ours. The further away from the equator, the higher the risk.

It has become common practice to refer MS patients to physical therapy clinics. Research strongly suggests that movement and exercise reduce long-term disability from the disease. PTs play an integral role in managing MS throughout the disease course – at diagnosis, relapse, progression, even in stable times.

No two MS cases are the same, and impairments and function can vary significantly. Due to the fluctuating nature of the disease, physical therapists commonly face varied prognosis and responses to interventions. Responses can vary from day to day – or even within the same day – during a single PT session.

In this interactive on-line session, Dr. Alicia Flach discusses the collaborative role of PTs and addresses the comprehensive management of the disease – from pathology through intervention. You will discover how PTs are uniquely skilled for this role which includes recovery (improving strength, mobility, and balance) preventing falls, managing fatigue and patient/family education. Intermediate content is consistent with post professional education.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recall pathophysiology of MS.
  • Identify common signs and symptoms of MS.
  • Recall common pharmacological management strategies of MS (including relapse/exacerbation).
  • Develop appropriate interventions based on case presentation.
  • Discuss considerations that impact interventions for individuals living with MS.
  • Identify common strategies to manage the unique symptoms of MS (fatigue, heat sensitivity, mood changes).
  • Describe common barriers to MS care (health disparities related to race, affordability of meds).

About the Speaker: Dr. Alicia Flach is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina in the Physical Therapy Program. Her primary teaching role is in rehabilitation of adults with neurological conditions and injuries. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of South Carolina.  Additionally, she is recognized as a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (NCS), Board-Certified Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Specialist (MSCS), and Physical Therapy Faculty Scholar at the Parkinson's Foundation. Her clinical practice focuses on collaborating with individuals living with degenerative neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, to reach their movement goals. Dr. Flach’s research interests are how physical activity and exercise can help in optimizing movement, such as walking and balance, overall function, and quality of life in individuals living with degenerative neurological conditions.

Cost:  $40
           $20 for MossRehab /Jefferson Enterprise Per Diem Employees
   Free - MossRehab / Jefferson Enterprise Full-time and Part-time Employees
   Free - University of South Carolina students

Target Audience:             Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants

Instructional Level:         Intermediate

CEU Applications:            PA State Board of Physical Therapy

                                            NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

                                            NY State Board Approved Provider

Contact Hours:  2.25 Hours           CEU’s 0.225

For more information contact Sharon Manas at sharon.manas@ jefferson.edu, 215-663-6530

Requirement for successful course completion: Satisfactory completion of the continuing education units consists of full attendance with monitored electronic sign in and completion of an online course feedback form (self assessment of learning outcomes) and post test (knowledge assessment).

Conflict of interest statement: Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by MossRehab are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).

Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be submitted to the MossRehab in writing. Please explain the circumstances of the cancellation in a fax or e-mail to ensure a timely response. Requests received 3 days or 72 hours prior to course start will result in a full refund. Re-quests received less than 3 days (72 hours) prior to the course start will result in a non-refundable administration processing fee of $50.00 or 50% of registration cost (whichever is less). No shows or cancellations within 24 hours of the course start will be ineligible for a refund. MossRehab will reimburse you the cost of the registration, if we have to cancel a course due to low enrollment, weather, or an emergency situation. We are not responsible for any other costs associated with attending a conference. If you are on the waiting list of a course and do not get in, we will not charge your credit card; if you paid by check we will send the check back to you. In the event that a course is rescheduled we will provide you the option of applying the tuition towards the rescheduled course in lieu of a full refund.

Complaint policy: MossRehab views complaints as an opportunity to improve. As an institution we are open to feedback from staff, course participants, speakers, and patients/clients. Course participants and speakers are asked to notify course coordinators of any urgent issues, either small or large, so they may be resolved in a timely fashion. Complaints may be communicated either verbally during a course or upon its conclusion through the Course Evaluation Form.

Non-discrimination statement: MossRehab/Jefferson unconditionally complies with Americans with Disabilities Act, endorses and supports the intent and objectives of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act which together prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation and physical or mental disability. In fact, this institution has, throughout its existence, taken a leading role in the effort to make services, accommodations and employment opportunities available to persons in all of the above categories. Additionally, MossRehab/Einstein complies with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act of 1955 and the Governor's Code of Fair Practices (1967).

Special needs statement: Contact Sharon Manas at sharon.manas@jefferson.edu or 215-663-6530 with any special needs that you have which would limit full participation in this event.



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