Biofeedback 101

by Heather Miadowicz, MPT, BCIAC

Objectives:
The goal of this module is to provide physical therapists, athletic trainers, dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators and nurses with information regarding history and common forms of biofeedback, initial assessment and treatment plan for the biofeedback patient, stress management strategies and disorders frequently treated using biofeedback. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:

  • Explain the correlation between stress and illness, as well as relaxation techniques for stress management
  • Describe the basic set-up and application of the most common methods of biofeedback
  • Identify three common ailments treated using biofeedback

This course is FREE of charge courtesy of Gannett Healthcare Group and the Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness until July 31, 2015.

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Understanding Distal Radius Fractures

by Hildy D. Reich, PT,CHT and Lori McKim LeBlanc, OTR, CHT

Objectives:
The goal of this course is to provide therapists with information regarding the epidemiology, relevant anatomy, bony healing process, and complications associated with extra-articular distal radius fractures so that a successful rehabilitation program can be instituted. After you study the information here, you will be able to —

  • List three risk factors for developing a distal radius fracture.
  • Describe appropriate treatments through the various stages of bone healing.
  • Recognize three complications of a distal radius fracture.

This course has been made available for FREE for until December 31, 2014.

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Cystic Fibrosis: No Cure Yet, But Treatment Advances Continue

by Deborah S. Boroughs, RN, MSN, PA and Joan A. Dougherty, RN, BSN, CPN, CSN and Zoe A. Davies, RN, MSN, NP

Summary:
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder. It is a chronic, multisystem disorder that reduces life expectancy. The primary manifestations include progressive obstructive lung disease and pancreatic insufficiency, but patients also may suffer from chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, malnutrition, distal intestinal obstructive syndrome, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, gallstones and infertility. To have cystic fibrosis, a child must inherit two abnormal cystic fibrosis genes, one from each parent. The parents usually have just one abnormal gene, are asymptomatic and are called carriers. Each time two carriers have a child, there is a 25% chance the baby will have cystic fibrosis, a 50% chance the baby will be a carrier and a 25% chance the baby will be healthy. This module provides updated information on the treatment and management of people with cystic fibrosis.

Objectives:
The goal of this cystic fibrosis continuing education module is to help nurses and physical therapists gain a deeper understanding of cystic fibrosis and the treatments available, as well as to become informed about the latest research. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic defect that causes cystic fibrosis and how it affects different organ systems
  • Identify three therapies for the management of pulmonary and GI disease in patients with cystic fibrosis
  • Explain teaching and support responsibilities
  • Discuss research on and the future of cystic fibrosis

This course is available free of charge until 11/30/13 at midnight EDT.

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Back in Action with Joint Replacements, Part 1

by Maureen Habel, RN, MA

Summary:
Total joint replacement, or arthroplasty (the word arthroplasty comes from arthro, joint, and plasty, surgical shaping), is one of the most important surgical advances of the past century. In fact, there are few surgical procedures that have such a positive impact on quality of life. The purpose of this module is to provide healthcare providers with information about total hip and total knee replacements. The module discusses the effects of arthritis on weight-bearing joints, such as the knee and the hip; outlines indications for joint replacement; and summarizes medical management and surgical procedures for joint replacement.

Objectives:
The purpose of this joint replacement CE module is to provide healthcare providers, specifically nurses, health educators, emergency medical professionals/paramedics, occupational therapists, and physical therapists with information about total hip and total knee replacements, including the effects of arthritis on joints, indications for surgery and surgical management. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:

  • Describe the effects of arthritis on the hip and knee joints
  • State indications for total hip replacementand total knee replacement
  • Discuss the surgical procedures used for hip and knee jointreplacements

This course for Physical Therapists is FREE until midnight EDT October 31, 2013.

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