Avoid the STROKE Rehab Guessing Game: The
Answers to Improve Clinical Outcomes
The Evidence-Based Answers to Stroke Rehab
More people are coming through our doors for
treatment post-stroke. However, we find ourselves torn between promoting
"recovery" and the reality of shorter rehab stays, forcing us to focus on
function. Many feel pressured to resort to "quick fixes" or shortcuts that may
help short-term, but lack proper evidence for long-term recovery – and yet,
stroke rehab is not a "quick fix." We are increasingly asked to provide evidence
that our interventions are working (can someone say G Codes?). Therefore, the
need for rehabilitation professionals to act decisively, responsibly, and
effectively with this growing population cannot be overstated.
Avoid the "guessing game" with stroke rehab in this impactful 1-day course.
Designed by Dr. Karen McCain, DPT, a neurologic clinical specialist with over 20
years of clinical and research experience, this course has a strong clinical
focus and is intended to immediately impact your care with stroke patients. This
course discusses common stroke impairments (e.g., apraxia, neglect, sensory) and
the research-supported interventions to treat them. Evidence-based treatments of
the hemiparetic/hemiplegic upper extremity after stroke will also be covered.
Finally, through video case studies explore common gait mechanics after stroke
and the various tests and treatments to produce optimal outcomes. By the end of
this course, you will have the tools and resources needed to effectively improve
outcomes for your patients with stroke.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Identify the key concepts of motor control and
learning as they apply to persons with stroke
- Examine the primary assessment tools used in
- Identify the associated impairments of stroke
and the impact on functional outcomes
- Summarize the components of upper extremity
rehabilitation after stroke, including the determining prognosis, evaluation,
- Differentiate the basic features of gait after
stroke and the most effective treatments of gait dysfunction
KAREN McCAIN, PT, DPT, NCS, is an Associate
Professor in the School of Health Professions and the Associate Director of the
David M. Crowley Research and Rehabilitation Laboratory at the University of
Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX (UT Southwestern). She is also
the Director of the Neurologic Residency program at UT Southwestern. She
received her Bachelor's in Physical Therapy from UT Southwestern and a Doctorate
in Physical Therapy from Regis University. Dr. McCain is board certified by the
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Neurologic Clinical
Specialist. She has been teaching at the university level since 1998 and
currently teaches in a DPT program.
Dr. McCain maintains a clinical practice with a focus on gait recovery in
persons with neurologic injuries. She conducts research in the areas of gait
recovery after stroke, and the impact of orthoses on gait in persons with
neurologic diagnoses. Dr. McCain is the principal investigator of an ongoing
clinical trial of early standardized task-specific training (ESTT) in persons
recovering from stroke and has published several papers related to this
research. She has presented her findings at local and national meetings,
including American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and Combined Sections
Meeting of the APTA. Dr. McCain has shared her knowledge in continuing education
courses across the U.S. and frequently reviews for scientific publications
including Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy
Theory and Practice, and American Journal of Physical Medicine and
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Physical Therapists
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Occupational Therapists
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
CREDITS - Seminars approved by:
The American Occupational Therapy Association,
Inc. - Cross Country Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing
education. This course is offered for .6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs
does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical
procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory, Category 1: Domain of
OT, 2: Occupational Therapy Process.
General Statement - This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing
education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards
and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of
completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing
Illinois Physical Therapy Association - This program has been submitted
to the Illinois Physical Therapy Association for approval of 6 credit hours.
This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the
scope of their license or regulation.
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Physical Therapy Committee - This
meets the IN-PT approval under 844 IAC 6-8-5 Approved Organizations #9, please
contact IN Board or Association if you have questions.
Kentucky Physical Therapy Association - This program has been submitted
to the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association for approval of 6 contact hours.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM -