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Rhabdomyolysis - PT61


Implications for PTs

by Jennifer M. Lee, MSPT, DPT and Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC, Cert MDT
(4.6 / 434 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Rhabdomyolysis means the breakdown of striated muscle; it can be caused in different ways in a variety of populations. The condition can vary in severity from an asymptomatic elevated serum creatine kinase to a life-threatening condition. It is important for PTs to understand the different etiologies and presentations of this condition, as well as lab markers, to be aware of and properly identify a possible risk. This understanding will improve patient management and treatment for this condition.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide physical therapists with information about the etiologies, symptoms, laboratory markers, management, complications, and prognosis of rhabdomyolysis, along with recommendations for prevention and treatment of exertional rhabdomyolysis. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe three causes of rhabdomyolysis and identify two mechanisms involved in its pathogenesis
  • Identify the major signs and symptoms of rhabdomyolysis and possible complications
  • Recognize risk factors for exertional rhabdomyolysis and describe recommendations for prevention and management of exertional rhabdomyolysis

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 10/20/21.
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. 14S0406 for 01/30/14 to 01/30/15; 15S0607 for 01/31/15 to 01/31/16; 16S0769 for 02/01/16 to 02/01/17; 17S0881 for 2/2/17 to 2/2/18; 18S0792 for 2/3/18 to 2/3/19); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE140022505 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023691 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27188 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539588 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539588 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5490 from 02/12/14 to 02/11/15; 6040 for 02/12/15 to 02/11/16; 2017-076 for 02/12/17 to 02/11/18; 2018-043 for 2/12/18 to 2/11/19); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE005530 for 02/01/14 to 12/31/14; PTCE007884 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010060 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18.); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 360-2014 for 03/25/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-861 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 01/29/14 to 01/24/18 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: 10/8/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/24/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/24/2020


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.


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Mary Jane L - Newark, DE  ·  Nov 15, 2018
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MELISSA S - West Lawn, PA  ·  Nov 13, 2018
good review of the material
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Anita K - Langhorne, PA  ·  Nov 11, 2018
Good overview of rhabdomyolysis, complications and treatment
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BERNADETTE S - springfield, PA  ·  Nov 01, 2018
Very interesting and informative
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Mark D - Alameda, CA  ·  Oct 21, 2018
A fantastic course! Added to my knowledge!
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50