The role of the physical therapist in CF care has evolved in recent years. Traditionally providers of airway clearance, PTs are now assessing and treating multiple body systems and have an increasing presence in the CF clinic. The goal of this course is to provide PTs and PTAs with a breadth of assessment tools to be used during a multidisciplinary CF clinic visit. This course will address topics such as pediatric development, vestibular hypo-function and pelvic health. Postural alignment, exercise, and manual techniques will be reviewed. Participants will also learn the importance of including basic airway clearance techniques into their PT sessions to optimize outcomes. Evidence-based practice, case studies and practical skills will be incorporated throughout the course. Target Audience: Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants.
Identify common secondary impairments seen in people with cystic fibrosis, such as: development delay, postural dysfunction, vestibular hypo-function and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Demonstrate how to efficiently assess these multiple body systems.
Describe simple intervention strategies to address impairments noted during CF clinic assessments.