Managing Type 1 Diabetes: Applications for the PT Provider - PT15

Managing Type 1 Diabetes: Applications for the PT Provider

by Andrea Salzman, MS, PT
(4.3 / 2230 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Diabetes mellitus consists of a group of disorders characterized by impaired blood glucose mechanism, of which type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5% of diagnosed cases. Not all types of diabetes are created equal; unfortunately, this distinction can be overlooked by physical therapy providers working with this population. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes vary in etiology, pharmacological management, musculoskeletal manifestations, nutritional goals, susceptibility for hypoglycemia, and responses to physical therapy treatment (outcomes). Because of this, it is essential that PTs be made aware of these distinctions.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide outpatient physical therapists with information about type 1 diabetes mellitus and how it might affect patients undergoing physical therapy. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify components of type 1 diabetes medical management to optimize glycemic control that should be documented in the subjective examination and included in daily treatment sessions
  • Recognize symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia and discuss predisposing factors and management related to participation in physical therapy
  • Discuss musculoskeletal manifestations of diabetes mellitus, their etiology, and how they might impact physical therapy prognosis and outcomes

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, massage therapists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
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 continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 19S0823 for 4/9/19 to 4/9/20)
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-312079 for 1/1/19 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. 1801-192 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20)
This course has been approved by the:
MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/1/16 to 10/1/20 
NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 10/26/2009
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/4/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2022


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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Andrea L - santa ana, CA  ·  May 26, 2020
Very thorough course with pertaining information for PT.
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Jill L - largo, FL  ·  May 20, 2020
Good review of values, treatment, monitoring, etc for diabetic questions
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Linda D - Philadelphia, PA  ·  May 18, 2020
Very informative course.
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Scott D - Sunnyvale, CA  ·  May 18, 2020
Always learning from the lessons I read.
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Tamara R - Clearwater, FL  ·  Apr 29, 2020
Excellent course! Learned a lot!
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Price: $19.00
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