Parkinson’s Disease: What it is and how it is managed (on-demand webinar)

Course Description

In this course, we will review the current understanding of disease pathology, discuss the medical management, examine contemporary physical therapy management across the disease process, and consider future directions of care for people with Parkinson's disease (PD).  This course is intended to re-introduce PD to clinicians who desire to understand the challenges faced by and provide optimal care for people with PD.

Prerequisites - None

Educational Level - Intermediate

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

1) Discuss the pathology of Parkinson's disease.

2) Discuss the pharmacological and surgical management of people with PD.

3) Develop suitable therapy intervention strategy for people with PD.

Instructor - Chad Swank, PT, PhD, NCS

Chad graduated from Regis University in Denver, CO with a Master of Science degree in physical therapy in 1998.  He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas Woman’s University in December 2011.  He is Board Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He is currently an Assistant Professor within the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University and the Residency Director at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation – Texas Woman’s University Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy.  Chad has presented multiple lectures involving topics such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and rehabilitation, and balance and vestibular rehabilitation.  His research interests include the role of physical activity on cognition in people with Parkinson's disease.


  • Satisfactory completion of this course will require the participant to complete a 10 question post-test with a minimum passing score of 70%
Meets Requirements of: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
Contact Hours: 2