Restoring Functional Gait - VIRTUAL COURSE

February 26-27, 2022




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Course Description

A 'normal' walking pattern is different for each person, depending on their specific needs. The key is to identify deficits that contribute to abnormal gait patterns and build each system appropriately. This course's systematic approach will enhance differential diagnosis skills when assessing gait patterns and assist with developing comprehensive rehabilitation programs designed to improve functional gait at home and in the community.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify musculoskeletal dysfunction that contributes to gait abnormalities.
  • Discuss normal joint motion throughout the kinetic chain through the phases of gait.
  • Identify evidence-based practices for best rehab outcomes with specific diagnoses.
  • Identify contributors to abnormal movement patterns.
  • Discuss the movement analysis model, the purpose and usefulness when developing effective rehab tasks and programs.
  • Discuss comorbidities and the impact each on gait function.
  • Identify how gait impacts ADLs and community participation and develop techniques to assist patients to function within community
  • Differentiate specific musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunction leading to gait dysfunction.
  • Systematically analyze gait abnormalities and prioritize treatments focused on improving function.
  • Analyze movement patterns associated with specific tasks that involve gait.
  • Develop task-specific treatment plans and gait training exercises to improve functional gait.
  • Identify upper extremity factors that contribute to gait dysfunction and develop techniques to address upper extremity.

About the Instructor

Kimberly A. Contryman, PT, DPT, NCS, OCS, earned her masters of physical therapy in 1991 from Northern Arizona University. She was NDT certified in 1995, received her certification as a neurology specialist by the APTA in 2000 and received her certification as an orthopedic specialist in 2002. In May of 2002 the University of Southern California awarded Kim a doctorate of physical therapy.


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Who Should Attend

This is an intermediate level course applicable for PT, PTA, OT, AT


13 CEUs