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Physical Therapy Management of Post-Concussion Syndrome - PT60

Physical Therapy Management of Post-Concussion Syndrome

by Paul Vidal, PT, MHSc, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and Ethan Hood, PT, DPT, MBA, GCS
(4.4 / 119 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Concussion is a growing public health problem, especially in children and adolescents, due to sports and recreational activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies concussion as a traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can alter the normal functioning of the brain. A multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers, trained in the evaluation and management of concussion, is necessary to address the growing public health problem. Physical therapists serve a vital role on this healthcare team. Although the scope of symptoms may seem daunting, an understanding of the basic pathophysiology, examination procedures, and intervention options can lead to successful management of this patient population.


The goal of this post-concussion syndrome continuing education program is to explore the role of the physical therapist in PCS management including identification, examination, and physical therapy intervention. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of concussion that are amenable to physical therapy intervention
  • List the basic examination tests and measures used by physical therapists for PCS
  • Describe the role of physical therapist intervention in PCS management

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 14S0043 from 01/01/14 to 01/01/15; 15S0608 for 01/02/15 to 01/02/16; 16S0780 for 01/03/16 to 01/03/17; 17S0136 for 01/04/17 to 01/04/18; 18S0791 for 1/5/18 to 1/5/19); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE140022194 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150024040 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27187 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539586 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539586 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5448 from 01/20/14 to 01/19/15; 6031 for 01/20/15 to 01/19/16; 2016-35 for 01/20/16 to 01/19/17; 2016-536 for 01/20/17 to 01/19/18); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE005532 for 01/20/14 to 12/31/14; PTCE006763 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010050 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 191-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-737 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 01/06/14 to 01/06/18 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 02/11/14 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 9/17/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/23/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/23/2019


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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Kristina A - Arlington, TX  ·  Jun 09, 2018
Good information for a free course
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TRACY D - Oxford, MS  ·  May 30, 2018
well done. good information
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Loretta R - W. Springfield, VA  ·  Apr 30, 2018
Quick and informative
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Ana Teresa M - Woodbridge, VA  ·  Apr 30, 2018
It has a lot of information that can be useful to rehab as we have a lot of fall risk or post fall patients.
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Margaret L - N Chesterfield, VA  ·  Apr 23, 2018
Great course with multiple useful tools presented in the course.
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Price: $19.00
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