This 1.5 workshop for rehabilitation clinicians and clinical researchers is offered for the first time due to increasing demand for a practical, in-depth, hands-on learning opportunity for use of Mobility Lab.

About the Workshop

Designed for current customers already using Mobility Lab, for those considering becoming customers and for those who want to know what all the excitement is about, all while earning CEUs for professional licensing. Mobility Lab is a brand new way to quickly, accurately evaluate balance and gait using wireless, body-worn sensors.

Developed and tested in the laboratory of Dr. Fay Horak and Dr. Laurie King at Oregon Health and Science University, Mobility Lab allows balance and gait to be dissected into its critical subcomponents for assessment of mobility disability, similar to the clinical BESTest.

Mobility lab is the basis for the future, Instrumented BESTest, critical equipment for state of the art clinics focusing on Falls, Balance, Gait, general Rehab for patients with Vestibular, Head Injury, Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Neuropathy, Spinal Cord Injury, Lower Extremity musculoskeletal pathologies, and more. Mobility Lab, designed for clinical research, will soon give way to Mobility Clinic, designed for busy clinicians, and course participants will be the first to hear about how objective measures will soon be transforming the practice of physical therapy. Be an important opinion leader and advise the company on what type of clinical tests and clinical treatment systems you would like to see in the future for the clinic and home.

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Why You Should Attend This Course

  • Bridge the gaps between orthopedic and neurological physical therapy for mobility
  • Discover how objective measures of balance and gait can identify critical impairments for rehabilitation
  • Deepen your understanding of reasons for limited mobility in your patients
  • Practice using instrumented measures of balance and gait so you add new professional skills
  • Predict which measures of balance and gait will be affected by specific brain, spinal cord, muscle and joint disorders
  • Learn how to use and modify tests for dynamic balance, dual tasking, fatigue, vestibular challenges, sensory orientation, training and more
  • Advise our company on how to develop the most useful instrumented tests for physical therapists

Course Instructors

Dr. Fay Horak is a professor of Neurology and Biomechanical Engineering at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Dr. Horak received her BS in physical therapy at the U of Wisconsin, MS in Neurophysiology at the U of Minnesota and PhD in Physiology and Biophysics at the U of Washington, Seattle. She is director of the Balance Disorder’s Laboratory with over 30 years of continuous grant funding on neural control of balance and gait and development of new assessment tools and rehabilitation for neurological patients. She has over 220 research publications and was awarded a prestigious MERIT Award from NIH. Dr. Horak also was awarded the Mary McMillian Research Award from the APTA and Research Awards from the Neurology and Pediatric Sections of the APTA. In 2010, she was awarded the first Translational Neurology Research Award from the Neurology Section of the APTA for her work on the BESTest and instrumented balance and gait test, Mobility Lab. She is Chief Scientific Officer of APDM to commercialize her Mobility Lab system for measuring balance and gait with sensors worn on the body (APDM.com). She is past-president of the International Society of Posture and Gait Research, organizer of the Rehabilitation Social for the Society for Neuroscience, and editor/reviewer for many prestigious neuroscience and rehabilitation journals.

Dr. Laurie King is an assistant professor in the department of Neurology at Oregon Health Sciences University. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia, in Anatomy and Neurobiology. Prior to that, she graduated from Mayo School of Heath Sciences in Rochester MN with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She has over 15 years clinical experience treating neurologically impaired patients. Her work as a post-doctoral fellow at OHSU led to the development of an agility-based sensory motor exercise program for Parkinson’s disease and she is currently coordinating a clinical trial comparing two, evidence-based rehabilitation programs for Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, she has expertise in using sensitive technology, such as gait analysis, motion analysis, dynamic posturography and inertial sensors, for assessment and quantification of mobility. Dr. King has 2 active and funded lines of research; one in the area of exercise and Parkinson’s disease and the other in the area of Traumatic Brain Injury and balance assessment.

References

Mancini, M., Salarian, A., Carlson-Kuhta, P., Zampieri, C., Chiari, L., Horak, F.B. iSWAY: A sensitive, valid and reliable measure of postural control. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. Epub 2012 Aug 22. PMCID: PMC3481400

Mancini, M., Carlson-Kuhta, P., Zampieri, C., Nutt, J.G., Chiari, L., Horak, F.B. Postural Sway as a marker of progression in Parkinson’s disease: a pilot longitudinal study. Gait & Posture, Vol. 36, Issue 3, Pages 471-476, PMID: 22750016

King, L.A., Mancini, M. Priest, K., Salarian, A., Rodrigues-de-Paula, F. & Horak, F.B. Do clinical scales of balance reflect turning abnormalities in people with Parkinson’s Disease? Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 2012 March; 36(1): 25–31. PMCID: PMC3290336.

Mancini, M., King, L., Salarian, A., Holmstrom, L., McNames, J. & Horak, F.B. Mobility lab to assess Balance and Gait with Synchronized Body-worn sensors. Journal of Bioengineering and Biomedical Sciences, In Press, 2012.

Spain, R., St. George, R., Mancini, M., Salarian, A., Bourdette, D., Wagner, J. & Horak, FB. Body-worn sensors detect balance and gait deficits in people with multiple sclerosis who have normal walking speed. Gait and Posture 2012 Apr;35(4):573-8. Epub 2012 Jan 25. PMID: 22277368

Mancini, M., Horak, F.B., Zampieri, C., Carlson-Kuhta, P., Nutt, J.G., Chiari, L. Trunk acceleromety reveals postural instability in untreated Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders 2011 Aug;17(7):557-62. PMID: 21641263.

Zampieri, C., Salarian, A., Carlson-Kuhta, P., Aminian, K., Nutt, J.G., Horak, F.B. The instrumented timed up and go test: potential outcome measure for disease modifying therapies in Parkinson’s disease. Journal Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2010 Feb;81(2):171-6. PMC3065923.

Mancini, M., Horak, F. The relevance of clinical balance assessment tools to differentiate balance deficits. Eur J Phys Rehabil 46(2):239-48, 2010. PMCID: PMC3033730.

Franchignoni, F., Horak, F., Godi, M., Nardone, A.,Giordano, A. Using psychometric techniques to improve the Balance Evaluation Systems Test: the mini-BESTest. J Rehabil Med 42: 316–324, 2010.