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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Presentation, Differential Diagnosis and PT Management

Course: #4709Level: Intermediate 3 Hours 1180 Reviews
Recorded Webinar

This course is part 2 of a two-part course on Muscular Dystrophy, Motor Neuron Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Presentation, differential diagnosis, and PT management of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and SMA are the main focus of Part 2. Part 1 is course #4706 and primarily covers muscular dystrophy.

Course created on July 26, 2023

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Course Type: Recorded Webinar

CEUs/Hours Offered: AK/3.0; AL/3.0; AR/3.0; AZ/3.0; CA/3.0; CO/3.0; CT/3.0; DC/3.0; DE/3.0; FL/3.0; GA/3.0; HI/3.0; IA/3.0; IACET/0.3; ID/3.0; IL/3.0; IN/3.0; KS/3.0; LA/3.0; MA/3.0; ME/3.0; MI/3.0; MN/3.0; MO/3.0; MS/3.0; MT/3.0; NC/3.0; ND/3.0; NE/3.0; NH/3.0; NV/0.3; NY/3.0; OH/3.0; OK/3.0; OR/3.0; PA/3.0; RI/3.0; SC/3.0; SD/3.0; TN/3.0; TX/3.0; UT/3.0; VA/3.0; VT/3.0; WA/3.0; WI/3.0; WV/3.0; WY/3.0

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to list aspects of the clinical differential diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to develop educational tools for the client &/or family members and other health professionals in the management of ALS and SMA for optimal safety and maintenance of function for activities of daily living (ADLs).
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to develop and implement a plan of care for the patient (and, as deemed appropriate, family members) to assist in the care plan for ALS and SMA clients.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to define the manifestations, prognosis, similarities, and differences of the most common forms of SMA.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to develop an educational plan for the patient and family to prevent secondary complications of ALS and SMA.


0-15 Minutes Background, review of learning outcomes
15-60 Minutes Overview of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), symptoms, and diagnosis
60-120 Minutes Six stages of ALS and PT intervention at each stage
120-130 Minutes Q&A from the first section
130-150 Minutes Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – Overview & Type I presentation and management
150-170 Minutes SMA – Presentation & Management, Type II, III, IV. Scoliosis management of neuromuscular diseases
170-180 Minutes Summary, Q&A


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial disclosures: Gary Krasilovsky has received an honorarium for presenting this course.
Non-financial disclosures: Gary Krasilovsky has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by, a Continued site.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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