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Physical Therapy Approach to Brain Injury Rehabilitation in the Inpatient Rehab Setting

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This course is one out of six course offerings in the Brain Injury Certificate Series.
Encompass Health, one of the nation’s largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital systems, has paired with the APTA Learning Center in creating this virtual experience. This course is designed to highlight the rehab journey that takes place in the inpatient rehab (IPR) setting during the acute and subacute phases of healing. Physical therapists in this setting play a large role in addressing cognitive and physical impairments to allow for a safe and independent discharge.  
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify effects of brain injury based on location of the lesion. 
  2. Define areas of cognition and be able to apply treatment strategies to maximize therapeutic benefits. 
  3. Recognize common emotional and behavioral changes post brain injury and be able to incorporate behavior-management strategies into treatment as needed. 
  4. Qualify brain injury based on the Ranchos Los Amigos Scale and identify appropriate treatment strategies for each level in the IPR setting. 

Emily Plavchak


Emily Plavchak, is the Senior Physical Therapist with Encompass Health Northwest Tucson. She received her Bachelors in Health and Kinesiology from Purdue University in 2015, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Trine University in 2019. Her career has primarily been in the inpatient rehabilitation setting, where she has developed a passion for treating neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinsons, etc. She has certifications in stroke rehabilitation (CSRS), brain injury (CBIS), and vestibular assessment and management from the American Institute of Balance. She is also an active member on the STOP committee through Encompass Health where she educates staff on techniques for safe patient mobilization.


Theresa Beckmann


Theresa Beckmann is the Therapy Manager with Encompass Health East Valley in Mesa, Arizona. She Received her Bachelors in Sports Science from St. Catherine University in 2006 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of St. Augustine in 2009. Her career has been focused on inpatient rehabilitation and serving patients with neurological conditions. She received her board certification in neurologic physical therapy in 2014, and has served as a residency mentor with A.T. Still University. She has served on disease specific certifications teams for Stroke, Amputation, and Brain Injury.

Course Instructions

  1. Click on the Contents tab to watch the course recording.
  2. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
  3. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
  4. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 

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11 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  8/11 points to pass
11 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  8/11 points to pass Please complete the post-course assessment with a sore of 70% or better. You have three attempts to obtain a passing score.
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CEU Certificate
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