Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease, Part 1 - PT68

Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease, Part 1

Is It a Viable Alternative to Drug Therapy?

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD
(4.4 / 403 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
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For decades, researchers have been searching for a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Over the years, countless drugs have been developed but none is able to cure this movement disorder. All of the drugs control the symptoms for a period of time and then the disorder relapses. It was found that rather than destroying the area of the thalamus, stimulation of the region resulted in a significant improvement in symptoms of PD. Deep brain stimulation is not a curative procedure, but it can improve symptoms in patients with PD. There is always a risk that a major psychiatric disorder can be worsened with this technique. 


The goal of this Parkinson’s disease/deep brain stimulation continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, physicians, health educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and paramedics and EMTs with knowledge about deep brain stimulation for the treatment of various neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. Following the completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease
  • Describe how different surgical procedures have evolved for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
  • List the indications and contraindications for deep brain stimulation 

Approval Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists, physicians, health educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and paramedics and EMTs.
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. 12S2097 for 12/01/12 to 12/01/13; 13S1865 for 12/02/13 to 12/02/14; 14S1727 for 12/03/14 to 12/03/15; 16S0771 for 12/04/15 to 12/04/16; 16S2259 for 12/05/16 to 12/05/17), the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE130019788 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13, CE140021444 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023821 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-26905for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-373649 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4825 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13, 5266 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; 5829 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; 2223 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; 2016-533 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004023 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007019 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009935 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 962-2012 for 01/08/13 to 01/31/14; 204-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-844 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 Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 01/15/13 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
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. 437-4595 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: 6/13/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/29/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/29/2015


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Rolando H - Orwigsburg , PA  ·  Aug 16, 2017
Good pathophysiology regarding the balance between dopamine and acetylcholine that is causing signs of parkinsonism.
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Gregory P - Tampa, FL  ·  Jul 10, 2017
very interesting and informative course for physical therapists
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Judith A - Georgetown, TX  ·  May 30, 2017
reasonable for the requirement
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Frederico P - Riverside , CA  ·  May 11, 2017
great test and great information
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Derek O - Henderson, NV  ·  May 09, 2017
Very good info. A great review for my acute care patients.
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Price: $19.00
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