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Parkinson’s Disease: Applying What We Know Now
October 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Disease modification, compensation, and rehabilitation for PD are three different tracts. Within these, it is common to see the rehabilitation for Parkinson’s Disease discussed as “one approach” and oversimplified into a one-size fits all schema. This course will further the delineate the subtypes of PD and include a thorough discussion of the various subtypes (phenotypes) of Parkinson’s Disease and begin to ascribe treatment strategies specific to each presentation. We will address the primary symptoms in PD. Thereafter the course builds on this well-established classification paradigm for patients with primary tremor and rigidity; those with primary dyskinesia; freezing of gait; posture; and festination. Clinicians in the audience will be invited to use the paradigm to further the discussion of subtyping PD and researching within these categories and extend into matters of compensation and disease modification as well. We will provide videotape and case study application across 3 different classifications of Parkinson’s Disease and reveal applicable treatment strategies that are salient for all rehabilitation professionals in the acute, home, inpatient (SNF and IRF), as well as outpatient settings.