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When: Live Virtual Learning: Second Thursday of Every Month
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Where: ZOOM Meeting Platform
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Presenter: Lisa Periolat, PT, NCS
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff, Member Services Manager

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Interested in research? The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) offers FREE monthly Live virtual learning webinars that helps our members stay informed about ongoing research efforts, and insight and knowledge on current research and researchers. Plus  - participants can earn continuing education credits (CE).


"Outline of a Physical Therapy Run Multiple Sclerosis
Outpatient Group Exercise Program"

Earn 1 FREE hour of CE!

Join us for this month's Spotlight on Research Virtual Learning course as Lisa Periolat, PT, NCS presents her research on "Outline of a Physical Therapy Run Multiple Sclerosis Outpatient Group Exercise Program."


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has a frustratingly fluctuating nature which causes symptom management to be extremely challenging on a daily basis. Fatigue is reported in four out of five patients and balance dysfunctions are present in over 90% of the MS population. Persons with MS have difficulty walking as demonstrated by their shorter step length, slower speeds, and decreased time spent in single limb stance while walking. Research shows that MS patients typically do not participate in enough consistent exercise to accrue health benefits. One of the biggest obstacles MS patients face is how and where to exercise. Current research primarily focuses on home exercise plans but MS patients typically report having difficulty following the handouts or videos due to decreased motivation or cognitive impairments. An eight session physical therapist guided MS exercise class based on current research trends was designed and implemented at Swedish Covenant Hospital. The therapist organized a group of MS individuals with similar functional levels, adjusting each session to meet their individual needs. It became evident that traditional exercise classes may not always be appropriate for this unique population of people as the small group format was more motivating, the patients trusted the exercise knowledge of the physical therapist, and the 3:1 patient to therapist ratio approach was not only a better use of therapy resources, but also more effective than the standard 1:1 patient to therapist ratio treatment approach.


Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify types of Multiple Sclerosis and symptoms
  • Understand the reasoning behind tests and measures selected for the MS exercise class study
  • Review MS literature and its application of exercise selection for the PT MS exercise class for Mild- moderately involved patients
  • Examine the 8 day class outline including specific exercises and progression of the 5 daily sections (discussion, warm-up, gait, stairs, strengthening)
  • Acknowledge the benefits and challenges of an Outpatient MS PT run session with a 3:1 (patient: therapist) approach in the clinic
  • Analyze the Data Outcomes relevance for the MS population



Lisa Periolat, PT, NCS graduated in 1998 from Washington University in St. Louis with her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. She has practiced as a physical therapist for 20 years in a variety of settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, extended care, outpatient orthopedics, and outpatient neurological services. In 2003, Lisa established the outpatient neurological services program at Swedish Covenant Hospital and has remained the primary physical therapist and program coordinator since that time. In this role, she encounters all the outpatient challenges involved with various neurological conditions including Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Working within a wellness center, Lisa has improved follow through after discharge by encouraging MS patients to join the gym or attend exercise classes. As a program coordinator, she is constantly trying to find ways to balance and maximize staffing limitations and insurance visits while giving the highest quality of care.





You are encouraged to send questions and comments prior to the event using the IPTA Research Question Box and the IPTA Research Forum. Please note that you must be logged into the site as an IPTA member to submit your questions.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will also be eligible to earn up to 1 FREE CE by filling out a short evaluation form. You MUST RSVP, prior to the date of webinar, in order to receive the email that is sent out the morning of the webinar with the evaluation link.



Webinar Instructions: 

Topic: Spotlight on Research: Outline of a Physical Therapy Run Multiple Sclerosis Outpatient Group Exercise Program
Time: Nov 14, 2019 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Note to Nonmembers: The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association!


The IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).

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