Online | 8 weeks | 2 Credit Hours
Differing medications and dosages can affect how a patient responds to physical therapy. Develop a foundation of knowledge of the pharmacotherapeutics of drugs so you can understand how drugs affect the body, and how the body affects drugs.
Physical therapists play an important role in medication management. In fact, you may spend much more time with your patients than other health care professionals do, allowing you to see the effects of medications. You'll learn to recognize medication indications and possible adverse effects so you can communicate any findings or concerns with other health care providers regarding patients' experiences with drug or food interactions, or symptoms they have during physical therapy.
In your practice, you likely encounter patients who have recently been under anesthesia, as well as those who have been prescribed muscle relaxant medications. You'll examine the potential adverse effects of these medications, how they may impact a patient's abilities to participate fully in rehabilitation, and what adjustments may need to be made.
Sedative hypnotic medications and anti-anxiety medications have a general depression effect on the central nervous system (CNS). You'll examine how these types of drugs can affect a patient's alertness. You'll also consider special concerns for rehabilitation patients who have seizure disorders, the action and adverse side effects of a variety of anti-seizure drugs, and the risk of seizure and environmental stimuli.