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#THIRDTHURSDAY: Consolidating Modern Research Findings & Technologies Into PT Interventions for MS

Attend IPTA's Monthly Open House Event! The #THIRDTHURSDAY of Every Month!

When: Thursday, February 20th
Networking begins at 6:00 pm, Programs starts at 6:15 pm
Where: IPTA Chapter Office
905 N. Main Street
Naperville, Illinois  60563
United States
Presenter: Sakina Valika PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff
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#THIRDTHURSDAY: Consolidating Modern Research Findings and Technologies Into Physical Therapy Interventions for Multiple Sclerosis


We invite you to join us from 6 - 8 pm on Thursday, February 20th as we welcome Sakina Valika PT, DPT,  NCS, MSCS to share her insight and expertise on "Consolidating Modern Research Findings and Technologies Into Physical Therapy Interventions for Multiple Sclerosis. "

"While the disease course cannot be cured by rehabilitation, a growing body of evidence indicates that improvement in mobility, activities of daily living (ADL), quality of life, prevention of complications, reduction in health care utilization, and gains in safety and independence, may be realized by a carefully planned program of exercise, functional training, and activities that address the specific needs of the individual. Thus, rehabilitation is considered a necessary component of comprehensive, quality health care for people living with MS, at all stages of the disease.” ( Quote from the MS Foundation). 

This program will provide an overview of MS, its diagnosis, prevalence, and medical management.  It will then continue to provide a synopsis of evidence based physical therapy management of MS, and discuss different technologies that help with improving efficacy of treatment and ultimately improve patient outcomes.

What to expect: 

By the end of this lecture participants will be able to:

  • Provide an introduction to MS, it’s diagnosis, and it’s prevalence.
  • Discuss the types of MS, EDSS scores, and prognosis.
  • Discuss common symptoms of MS, and common comorbidities of individuals
    with MS.
  • Describe evaluation process associated with patient with MS.
  • Review common outcome measures in working with individuals with MS,
    and how to apply them throughout the various stages of MS
  • Discuss the current research on exercising in the MS population.
  • Discuss technological advances in rehabilitation of MS, and it’s application in physical therapy.



About the Speaker

Sakina Valika PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS is a licensed physical therapist, board-certified Neuro Clinical Specialist, and a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. She has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northern Illinois University, and her postgraduate training includes a clinical doctorate in physical therapy with a focus on neuro-rehabilitation obtained in 2007 from Rosalind Franklin University.  She holds advanced certifications in robotic and manual assisted locomotor training, functional electrical stimulation,  neuromuscular electrical stimulation, whole body vibration, and aquatic rehabilitation. She sub-specializes in treating individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and traumatic and non-traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries with a focus on activity based therapies to maximize neuroplasticity and neuromuscular recovery.

She is a certified Clinical Instructor Affiliate (CCCE/CI) through the American Physical Therapy Association. She was an educator for the Wayne State University Physical Therapy doctoral program in Detroit, Michigan, as well as other universities that have Physical Therapy assistant programs in Illinois.

Sakina’s clinical expertise lies in using a combination of novel approaches to maximize  neuromuscular recovery in individuals suffering from paralysis due to various neurological conditions. She believes that regular exercise combined with intensive physical therapy can improve function and quality of life, and slow disease progression. She has presented seminars and CEU courses in Activity Based Rehabilitation, because of her unique expertise in this area.  She draws upon current research to incorporate scientifically validated methods into her daily practice. She is the co-founder of TryAbility Neuro-Rehab in Downers Grove, IL, where she enjoys treating individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, stroke, Inflammatory Neuropathies,  and Neuromuscular Scoliosis.


Can't attend in person?

This presentation will be available live at the Chapter Office or virtually via Zoom. If attending virtually, please indicate when you RSVP. 

You will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities.  Plan to sign in at 6:00 pm and enter your name when prompted.

Follow the directions below and be ready for the program to begin at 6:15pm.

Topic: #THIRDTHURSDAY: Modern Research Finding & Tech into PT for MS
Time: Feb 20, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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We would love to see you! Come and join us at the Chapter Office in Naperville for a night of networking, professional development, and discussions with other physical therapy professionals.
Reserve your spot today!

Parking is available along Main St. (East of the building)

Remember, anyone is invited to attend #THIRDTHURSDAY events — members, colleagues, and students — so invite your friends!


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, click here to join!


Effective beginning 2016, 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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