Continuing Education for Physical Therapists Online

Safety Unlimited, Inc. offers a series of CE courses for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.

Multiple Student Enrollment Available

About This Training

Below are the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant CEU courses offered by Safety Unlimited.

This Training Will

  • Give a review of safe lifting techniques and instruction on developing and implementing a Return To Work program for Physical Therapists.
  • Provide physical therapist and physical therapy assistant treatment techniques for infant torticollis and plagiocephaly.

Return To Work Programs and Safe Lifting Techniques

Only $40.00

About This Course

Activities such as bending and repetitive motion, which often result in overexertion, are common when handling materials. The Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes these actions in a group designated bodily reaction and exertion. According to an online article in OH&S, this group accounted for 42 percent of the 1.3 million lost time injuries in private industry during 2003, more than twice the number of cases caused by falls; most of these cases involved sprains and strains. This should come as no surprise to Physical Therapists or those in the rehabilitation medical field. We all have seen way too many patients with the diagnosis Lumbar sprain/strain or Lumbosacral sprain/strain.

We often go through a routine protocol or treatment plan when treating these patients. This course is designed to help those in the PT field that treat patients with this diagnosis. Often a therapist will go through the motions when treating people with "back pain." Sometimes, a review of proper lifting technique, as well as instruction on how to develop and implement a return to work program, is useful. As Physical or Occupational therapists it is our job to help our patients learn safe ergonomics for lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, work-like activities, and for activities of daily living.

Because our patients' cases are so individualized, it is not possible to teach everyone the same way to lift. Communicating with the patient, physicians, medical professionals, and employers is the key to developing appropriate return-to-work programs. This will allow for a quicker and fuller recovery with less possibility of re-injury.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course should be taken by physical therapists or physical therapy assistants interested in treating patients with Lumbar sprain/strain, Lumbosacral sprain/strain, or "back pain." This course will review proper lifting technique, as well as instruction on how to develop and implement a return to work program for your patients.

Continuing Education Credits

Students can elect to take this course for four (3) Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Infantile Torticollis and Plagiocephaly

Only $40.00

About This Course

This course will provide information on the background, evaluation, and treatment of infant torticollis and plagiocephaly. Upon completion of the course students should feel comfortable identifying, evaluating, and treating an infant with torticollis and/or plagiocephaly.

What is Infantile Torticollis and Plagiocephaly?

Torticollis is caused by a shortening of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, which in turn causes an infant’s head to stay tiled to one side and rotated back toward the opposite side. Torticollis may lead to a deformation of the skull called plagiocephaly.

Since the inception of the Back to Sleep campaign in 1994, which encourages parents to place their children on their backs when sleeping, instances of infant torticollis and plagiocephaly have risen steadily and now affect one in every 6 live births. The etiology of torticollis is highly debatable.

Both torticollis and plagiocephaly can be treated with physical therapy. The earlier in an infant’s life treatments are initiated, the better chances of full recovery.

Who Should Take This Course?

This Infant Torticollis & Plagiocephaly Physical Therapy course should be taken by physical therapists or physical therapy assistants interested in learning about identifying and treating torticollis and/or plagiocephaly.

Torticollois affects the skeletomuscular system and is not limited to the pediatric setting. Any inpatient or outpatient physical therapist or physical therapy assistant may encounter an infant with torticollis. For this reason all therapists should have at least basic knowledge of how to identify and treat infantile torticollis.

Continuing Education Credits

Students can elect to take this course for four (3) Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Advantages of Safety Unlimited Online Training

Course Outlines

These fully narrated courses are built in linear fashion, allowing you to navigate straight through the coursework without switching pages or searching for the right link or tab to continue — allowing for an easy path to completion and certification.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students:

  • Will have learned about back pain causes and statistics;
  • Will be able to develop individualized return to work programs;
  • Will be able to write better return to work-related goals;
  • Will have learned the basics of proper and safe dynamic lifting techniques;
  • Will be able to recognize signs of physical effort during dynamic lifts;
  • Will be able to recognize risk factors associated with back pain;
  • Will be able to incorporate the general principles of ergonomics in developing plans of care; and
  • Will be able to identify signs of physical effort with regards to position tolerance when developing RTW programs.

Course Exams

This course has one final exam based on the material in the course. Students are required to complete the exam after completing all course sections.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Discuss and identify the epidemiology and preferred practice pattern of torticollis;
  • Perform differential diagnosis of torticollis;
  • Discuss the role of posture and positioning in the treatment of torticollis and plagiocephaly;
  • Perform an appropriate evaluation and assessment on patients with torticollis;
  • Write objective goals for infants with torticollis for assured financial reimbursement and assessment;
  • Develop a treatment protocol for the diagnosis of torticollis and/or plagiocephaly; and
  • Provide vital information to parents/caregivers for appropriate home treatment plans.

Course Exams

These courses have one final exam based on the material in the course. Students are required to complete the exam after completing all course sections.

Accreditation

Continuing Education Units (CEU): 3

Approving Body

These CE Physical Therapist courses are currently accepted for three (3) continuing education units by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers (OTPTAT) Board Approval #14S2355.

Other states that accept PT CEUs approved by outside state boards

Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

What if my state isn't listed?

If your state is not listed above, or you feel your CEU requirements have recently changed, please check with your state's board before taking this course to determine approval for CEUs.

Continuing Education Units (CEU): 3

Approving Body

These CE Physical Therapist courses are currently accepted for three (3) continuing education units by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers (OTPTAT) Board Approval #15S2632.

Other states that accept PT CEUs approved by outside state boards

Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

What if my state isn't listed?

If your state is not listed above, or you feel your CEU requirements have recently changed, please check with your state's board before taking this course to determine approval for CEUs.

About the Author

Rebecca Allen, DPT

Rebecca Allen DPT, attended Ohio University to obtain her Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology and her Masters degree in Physical Therapy graduating in 2004. She continued her education at St. Scholastica to obtain her Doctorate degree.

Rebecca has worked in outpatient orthopedic and inpatient care settings for the last 10 years, and has worked with people of all ages with a diverse range of diagnoses. She spent her first year as a PT in Cleveland, Ohio working closely with a small group of Orthopedic Surgeons. For the last 9 years, Rebecca has been working in a rural area of Canton, Ohio mostly in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Rebecca is the practitioner of choice for orthopedic and neurological issues for the pediatric population at her clinic. She is also trained in administering Functional Capacity Evaluations and for that reason has worked closely with patients via the bureau of workers compensation.