Functional and Creative Approaches to Managing Gait Deviations in the Neuro Population
Functional and Creative Approaches to Managing Gait Deviations in the Neuro Population
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This one-day course is designed for physical therapists with orthopedic or neurologic backgrounds to improve movement analysis and learn functional and creative ways to apply evidence-based practice principles to patients with impairments in balance and gait. The course will focus on rehab techniques mainly applicable to stroke and multiple sclerosis populations but will also cover considerations in the setting of peripheral neuropathy, radiculopathies, and functional movement disorders. We will review best practice guidelines, optimal motor learning theory, and lab to review both manual cueing and orthopedic manual therapy most pertinent in these populations. We will also cover options and indications for orthotics and functional electrical stimulation. Following the course, therapists should feel comfortable assessing and treating gait dysfunction, addressing rehabilitation vs compensation, and structuring therapy sessions and home programs. This course is most appropriate for therapists treating in the outpatient and home health settings.

Speaker biography

Lauren McIntyre, PT, DPT, CSRS is a physical therapist practicing outpatient neurologic therapy in Portland, OR at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She is from Richmond, VA, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Minor in Psychology prior to attending Pacific University for her doctorate in physical therapy. A background in the arts has enabled her to form a creative approach to implementing evidence-based practices with her patients. She is a certified Stroke Rehab Specialist and a Parkinson Wellness Recovery therapist and works with the Providence Multidisciplinary ALS clinic where she assesses mobility and seating needs of patients. She is a vestibular and concussion trained therapist and is the vestibular champion for the west region of Oregon for Providence therapists. Additionally, she is the neuro CAP lead for Providence, OR where she works on clinical advancement. She enjoys teaching and is a teaching assistant for the George Fox University PT program.

Course Objective(s)

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

- Use movement analysis skills to identify gait impairments in the neuro population and choose appropriate outcome measures to track progress.

- Apply best practices and motor learning theory to interventions to improve learning and retention vs performance in the clinic.

- Understand an overview of ankle foot orthoses and indications to make different recommendations including functional electrical stimulation.

-Understand how to apply stretching and joint mobilization techniques to patients with spasticity or poor mobility.

Course Outline



Coffee, tea and light continental breakfast provided


Lecture – 90 min

-Overview of course and pathology in central nervous system dysfunctions such as CVA, MS, and FMD. 



Lecture- 30 min

-Review of normal gait mechanics






Lecture - 1 hr

-Movement analysis skills and common gait deviations

-Outcome measures


Lecture – 45 min

- Orthotics, functional electrical stimulation, PONS therapy

12:30 – 1:15pm


On your own


Lecture - 45 min

-Motor learning and neuroplasticity


2:00- 2:45pm

Lecture – 45 min

-Interventions that couple motor learning and task specific practice for gait and balance



Lecture – 30 min

-Interventions specific to spasticity and or neuropathy




3:30 – 4:30pm

LAB – manual therapy

-Lower extremity joint mobilizations, stretching techniques, manual cueing




-Video analysis and group interventions



Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Stanley Classrooms 20-21

9135 SW Barnes Rd

Portland, OR 97225

Functional and Creative Approaches to Managing Gait Deviations in the Neuro Population
Registration Information

Registration: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited.  Masks are still required in medical facilities at this time and will be required to be worn for the entirety of the course.  Participants will be informed if any infection prevention guidelines change. 

Registration Fee: The registration fee is as follows: 

$125 for Providence employees, $250 for all other participants. A $25 early bird discount is available to participants who register prior to April 23, 2023.   Registration fees cover electronic certificate of attendance and electronic course handout. 

Refund Policy: Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by April 30, 2023. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.

Contact Hours: This course qualifies for 7.75 contact hours for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants in Oregon, Washington and New York.  Continuing education credit in additional states may be available.  Please email to determine if continuing educations credits can be submitted for your state.  Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.