Parkinson's Disease and Physical Therapy - PT11

Parkinson's Disease and Physical Therapy

by Rebecca Austere-Blanton, PT, DPT, GCS
(4.5 / 3436 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


More than 1 million people have Parkinson’s disease, and by 2020 there may be 40 million more. The corpus striatum in the cerebral hemisphere, the subthalamic nucleus in the diencephalon, and the substantia nigra in the midbrain interconnect to form the basal ganglia. When the substantia nigra doesn’t produce enough dopamine, signs and symptoms of PD become apparent. Physical therapists need to be knowledgeable about this disease to execute treatment protocols designed to challenge specific deficits that affect overall performance of everyday activities.


The goal of this Parkinson’s disease continuing education program is to familiarize physical therapists with the pathogenesis and common movement disorders related to PD and to familiarize them with the current research regarding PD and the efficacy of PT. After studying the information here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the pathogenesis of PD
  • Identify common clinical manifestations/movement disorders in people with PD
  • Discuss tests and measures as well as treatment for patients with PD

Approval Information
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PTA (approval no. 19S0821 for 4/8/19 to 4/8/20).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-228783 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-272 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20).
This course has been approved by The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for  10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/31/19 to 07/31/21.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
Please note: The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board has designated this educational activity to receive 1.0 contact hour in Category A and 0 contact hours in Category B toward recertification.

Course Originally Released on: 8/3/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/3/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/2/2021


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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LOUIS R - modesto, CA  ·  Mar 17, 2020
This improved my knowledge of my treatment strategies for my Parkinson’s patients
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Barry W - Austin, TX  ·  Mar 04, 2020
good info, well written
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linda b - San Juan Capistrano, CA  ·  Feb 28, 2020
Good review of PD tx practices and some new material - of interest.
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Risa C - San Diego, CA  ·  Feb 28, 2020
Good refresher for anatomy and physiology and taught me new types of exercises
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Danette M - x, AL  ·  Feb 22, 2020
Good overview for someone who has not treated a patient with PD in several years.
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Price: $19.00
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