Catalog 2018-2019 
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Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PTA 156 Physical Rehabilitation II

7 credits
Therapeutic interventions and data collection skills for patients with neurologic conditions. Review of structure and function of the nervous system and common neurologic and neuromuscular disorders.

Prerequisites: PTA 126 , PTA 135 , PTA 145 , and PTA 155  

Corequisites: PTA 136  and PTA 146  

Quarters Offered: Spring

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify significant structures and functions of the structures in the nervous system
  • Identify causes and mechanisms of common neurologic and neuromuscular disorders.
  • List complications associated with common neurologic and neuromuscular disorders.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of health care providers involved in the care of patients with common neurologic and neuromuscular disorders.
  • Relate motor control and motor learning theories to therapeutic interventions for patients with common neurologic and neuromuscular disorders.
  • Explain the use of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation patterns and techniques
  • Describe sensory systems associated with balance control and coordination
  • Identify motor strategies used for balance control
  • Identify and integrate appropriate evidence-based resources to support clinical decision-making for progression of the patient within the plan of care established by the PT
  • Implement selected components of interventions for patients with common neurologic and neuromuscular disorders identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist including:
    • Functional training
    • Gait and locomotion training
    • Balance and coordination training
    • Posture awareness training
    • Neuromotor development training
    • Strength training
    • Passive range of motion
    • Integumentary protection techniques
    • Wheelchair propulsion programs for conditioning
    • Application & adjustment of devices and equipment
  • Perform components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care established by the physical therapist including:
    • Arousal, attention, and cognition
    • Environmental barriers, self-care and home management
    • Gait, locomotion, and balance
    • Posture and body mechanics
    • Muscle function including changes in muscle tone and strength
    • Joint integrity and mobility
    • Pain and integumentary integrity
    • Sensory response
    • Vital signs
    • Assistive, adaptive, orthotic, protective and supportive devices
  • When providing interventions and associated data collection techniques:
    • Display professional behaviors consistent with the expectations of the physical therapy profession
    • Protect patient modesty, privacy, and dignity
    • Apply current physical therapy knowledge, theory and clinical judgement
    • Consider the patient/client perspective and treatment environment.
    • Provide clear instructions, apply principles of learning, and use a variety of teaching strategies when educating patients, caregivers, and other members of the health care team as directed by the supervising physical therapist
    • Explain the rationale for selected interventions to achieve patient goals as identified in the plan of care
    • Review health records prior to carrying out the plan of care.
    • Monitor and adjust interventions within the plan of care in response to patient/client status and clinical indications
    • Report any changes in patient status or progress to the supervising physical therapist
    • Identify indications, contraindications, precautions and safety considerations for the patient and determine if the treatment intervention is appropriate
    • Determine when a directed intervention is either beyond the scope of work or personal scope of work of a physical therapist assistant
    • Identify relevant information to communicate to the physical therapist for the discharge planning process
    • Recognize activities, positioning and posture that aggravate or relieve pain
    • Complete documentation which is accurate, legible and follows appropriate guidelines and format regulations
    • Prepare and maintain a safe working environment
    • Handle patients using safe techniques and appropriate body mechanics
    • Select relevant information for documentation and billing purposes
    • As appropriate to the PTA, maintain and use physical therapy equipment safely and effectively
    • Provide patient centered care

Total Hours: 110 Lecture Hours: 30 Lab or Clinical Hours: 80