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Text: Current Concepts in the Management of Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury, 2nd Ed
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Author: Karen McCulloch, PhD, PT, NCS


$40.46 Neurology Section Members /$44.95 Nonmember / $59.95 Member (fee subject to change)

CEU: 0.3 CEUs (3.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Publication Date: April 2011


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements

This lesson will focus on the role of physical therapy in treating moderate to severe brain injury in the acute and rehabilitation settings. It will provide information about the examination of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and review information useful for predicting functional outcomes in this population. The lesson begins with an overview of the mechanisms of injury and pathophysiology, followed by acute management issues. Rehabilitation issues are the focus of the remainder of the lesson, with discussion of strategies for managing high tone, heterotopic ossification, and behavior and cognitive deficits during physical therapy.

A team approach to care is recommended, given the complexity of symptoms that may result from TBI. Critical team members include the patient and his or her family or support system, physical therapist, physician, nurse, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, neuropsychologist, social worker, case manager, dietitian, respiratory therapist, vocational evaluator/therapist, and recreational therapist.

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After completing this module, you should be able to:
  1. Describe mechanisms of injury and pathophysiology associated with TBI.
  2. Discuss common strategies for acute medical management of TBI.
  3. Describe current methods for examination of patients with TBI including behavioral observation and standardized assessment of body structure-function impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  4. Identify factors that are useful for predicting functional outcomes after brain injury.
  5. Summarize key intervention challenges and strategies for their management including increased tone, heterotopic ossification, and behavioral and cognitive issues.

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Presenter(s) Bios

Karen McCulloch, PhD, PT, NCS is professor and assistant director of distance and continuing education, Division of Physical Therapy, Department Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599,

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.3 CEUs (3.0 contact hours/CCUs) a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.3 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 14S1027
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 3 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 3 GEN
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

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System Requirements

Text-Based Course: This course consists of a monograph, available in the online course as a downloadable PDF file, and a posttest.
Computer System Requirements

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