Decades Later — Post-Polio Syndrome - PT450

Decades Later — Post-Polio Syndrome

by Maureen Habel, MA, RN
(4.4 / 616 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
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In the early 1980s, a pattern of symptoms among polio survivors was increasingly evident. The constellation of symptoms was referred to as post-polio syndrome (PPS), a diagnosis of exclusion. The World Health Organization estimates that between 12 million and 20 million people worldwide have polio-associated disabilities. According to the last survey performed (in the late 1980s), an estimated 440,000 polio survivors had or were at risk for developing PPS in the U.S. PPS is thought to affect 25% to 40% of those who recovered from polio. Healthcare professionals must be aware of the special needs of people with PPS and the risks they face when being treated for a variety of health conditions.


The goal of this post-polio syndrome continuing education program is to educate healthcare providers about PPS, its symptoms and associated health problems, and ways to help patients with PPS manage symptoms and prevent complications. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the criteria for diagnosing PPS
  • List six health-related problems that patients with PPS experience
  • Identify ways in which healthcare providers can help patients with PPS manage symptoms and prevent complications

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 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.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 12S0101 for 11/29/11 to 11/29/12, 12S1698 for 11/30/12 to 11/30/13; 13S1888 for 12/01/13 to 12/01/14; 14S1705 for 12/02/14 to 12/02/15; 15S2340 for 12/03/15 to 12/03/16; 16S2250 for 12/04/16 to 12/04/17; 17S6284 for 12/5/17 to 12/5/18), the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE110017862 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CE120018034 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019756 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021505 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023654 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-26861for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-336856 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-336856 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4106 for 11/22/11 to 11/21/12, 4550 for 11/22/12 to 11/21/13; 5243 for 11/22/13 to 11/21/14; 5809 for 11/22/14 to 11/21/15; 2207 for 11/22/15 to 11/21/16; 2016-523 for 11/22/16 to 11/21/17; 2017-429 for 11/22/17 to 11/21/18); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002824 for 01/10/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003874 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006367 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009931 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 176-2012 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 199-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-375 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 11/17/11 to 11/17/15; 10/30/15 to 10/30/19 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/09/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4122 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13, 437-4611 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 8/27/2007
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/9/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/9/2020


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Christopher R - Rockford, IL  ·  Sep 14, 2018
Provided good amount of information on history of polio and associated symptoms
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Joseph P - elgin, TX  ·  Sep 02, 2018
the4 corse is very very very very good
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Douglas S - Gilbert AZ, AZ  ·  Aug 29, 2018
This was a great continuing education course
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Vanessa G - Tucson, AZ  ·  Aug 18, 2018
Interesting course. Quick read.
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Marian D - Lindenwood, IL  ·  Aug 15, 2018
Very pertinent to my work in a rehab facility.
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Price: $19.00
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