Online | 8 weeks | 2 Credit Hours
It's not uncommon for a physical therapy patient to be taking mediation to treat one or more conditions like chronic pain, heart disease, arthritis, or high blood pressure. In this course, you'll examine the therapeutic and adverse effects of medications for these health issues and explore how these pharmacological agents impact physical therapy and patient management.
Conditions affecting the cardiovascular system can be treated with many different medications. You'll review the autonomic nervous system (including its primary anatomic and physiologic aspects) and understand how its components relate to the cardiovascular system. You'll also examine cardiac system physiology to realize how cardiac medications are activated. You'll recognize the different cardiovascular systems with which each class of anti-hypertensive medications acts and consider how the side effects can influence physical therapy.
Opioid analgesic medications can be effective for pain relief, but are also highly addictive. You'll consider the many classes of opioid medications as well as the pharmacotherapeutics of opioid drugs. As you evaluate how opioids can impact a patient's ability to participate in physical therapy, you'll also explore addiction to, tolerance for, and physical dependence on, these medications.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and glucocorticoids are also used to relieve pain. You'll understand how these drugs exert their therapeutic effect and appreciate the benefits and adverse effects of both steroidal and nonsteroidal medications in helping a patient participate in their own physical therapy.
You'll appraise disease processes and medications used to treat arthritis, a frequent diagnosis in older patients. As you come to understand the etiology behind rheumatic and osteoarthritic joint disease, you'll look at additional risks and considerations in a patient taking disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) and disease-modifying osteoarthritic drugs (DMOADs). Hormones and medications prescribed for respiratory conditions can also affect a patient's capacity for physical therapy and you'll review these types of medications as well.