|Thursday, March 22, 2012, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Moorfoot Room, Level 0
Walking ability is known to be a key predictor of health outcomes and remains a relevant goal for patients months to years after initial brain injury or insult. Although there has been, over decades, extensive research on the recovery of walking ability after neurologic injury, too often the interventions tested and delivered focus on one particular technique or piece of equipment. Accordingly, research activity has not resulted in a set of comprehensive practice guidelines for gait training with individuals who have sustained such an injury.
Currently, physical medicine physicians and physical therapists employ a broad array of techniques and utilize a growing number of advanced technologies in the rehabilitation effort. In the ever-advancing landscape of physical rehabilitation, clinicians are seeking to understand the best timing, utilization and intensity/dosage of those technologies and associated protocols to maximize measureable, functional outcomes. Further, the evolving understanding of neuroplasticity and its role in motor learning and recovery forces clinical teams to critically analyze every aspect of their plan of care for a neurologic patient and seek methods that balance safety with sufficient physical challenge to achieve significant functional improvement.
Anne Chan, PT, DPT: Current Physical Therapy Technique
Nathan D. Zasler, MD, Medical Consultant, iWalk Program, Sheltering Arms Hospital; CEO and Medical Director, Concussion Care Centre of Virginia and Tree of Life Services. Richmond, Virginia: Neuroplasticity
Matt Wilks, PT, MSPT: iWALK Program Development
Amber Devers, PT, DPT: iWALK Guidelines
Jessi Vaught, PT, DPT: iWALK Approach Overview
Chair: Jim Braith, MD