Movement System 1 - Diagnoses in Neurologic Physical Therapy Webinar
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recently established a vision for physical therapists to transform society by optimizing movement to promote health and wellness, mitigate impairments, and prevent disability. An important element of this vision entails the integration of the movement system into the profession, and necessitates the development of movement system diagnoses by physical therapists. At this point in time, the profession as a whole has not agreed upon diagnostic classifications or guidelines to assist in developing movement system diagnoses that will consistently capture an individual’s movement problems. The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy’s Movement System Task Force was convened to address these issues with respect to management of movement system problems in patients with neurologic conditions. They propose that, going forward, diagnostic classifications of movement system problems need to be developed, tested, and validated. The purpose of the Movement System Diagnoses in Neurologic Physical Therapy webinar is to report on the work and recommendations of the Task Force. This webinar was recorded in 2018 and is part 1 of an ongoing series.
• Identify the essential elements necessary to develop and implement movement system diagnoses for patients with primary neurologic involvement along with examples of existing movement system classifications from the literature
• Discuss the potential impact of using movement system diagnoses on clinical practice, education, and research
• Provide recommendations for potential next steps to broaden this discussion and foster the development of diagnostic classifications based on the movement system.
Course Recorded 2018
Patricia L. Scheets
PT, MHS, DPT, NCS
Patricia L. Scheets, PT, MHS, DPT, NCS, is the Director of Quality and Clinical Outcomes for Infinity Rehab and the President of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She received her professional and post-professional degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a board certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy and has worked extensively with patients with stroke, neurological disorders, and balance and vestibular disorders. Along with her colleagues, she has developed a set of movement system impairment diagnoses that is used to guide the therapist’s clinical examination and treatment selection for patients with neuromuscular conditions.
PT, MS, DScPT
Dr. Lois Hedman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She worked at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, now Shirley Ryan Abilitylab, for several years before joining the faculty at Northwestern where she has been for over 30 years. She teaches in the neurologic curriculum and the introductory course on clinical decision making. She also helped develop the Motor Control Framework that underpins the curriculum. She is a member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Task Force on Movement Diagnosis.