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Evidence – Based Interventions in the Management of People With Degenerative Disease of the Nervous System – 04/17/2021

In this course will be a virtual lecture with small group discussion on Evidence – based Interventions in the Management of People with Degenerative Disease of the Nervous System.

Course Date & Time

TDB (April 17th date is being rescheduled)
9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Course Location

Virtual Class


Gail Widener, PT, PhD
Mallory Chick, PT, DPT
Sophia Han, PT, DPT
Eyad Kawwa, PT, DPT

Sponsored by

Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program

Target Audience

Physical Therapists

Course Level



After completing this course, participants should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the principles of neural plasticity that govern recovery of function following brain damage due to degenerative disease.
  • Describe principles of exercise for people with degenerative disease.
  • Describe special considerations for each population discussed: ALS, MSA, and FA.
  • Describe the precautions for each of the populations listed above associated with increased activity/exercise and physical therapy intervention.
  • Describe the evidence supporting physical therapy/rehabilitative intervention in treating persons with these disorders.
  • Apply the principles of exercise to the recovery of function in patients with the degenerative neurologic conditions listed above to create therapeutic interventions.
  • Apply the principles of neural plasticity that could contribute to improved function in people with neurodegenerative disorders.

Recommended Reading

Kleim, JA, Jones TA. Principles of experience – dependent neural plasticity: Implications for rehabilitation after brain damage. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2008;51(1): S225 – 39.

Khan F, Amatya B, Galea G, Gonzenbach R, Kesselring J. Neurorehabilitation: applied neuroplasticity. J Neurol. 2016: doi10.1007/s00415-016-8307-9.

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