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Digital Seminar

Advanced Pharmacology for Rehabilitation Professionals

Terry Rzepkowski, DPT, MS, BS
Approx. 4 Hours
May 13, 2024
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You understand the intricate dance between medication and movement…but how often do you pause and dive deep into the world of pharmacology to truly understand its profound impact on your day-to-day interventions? Now is the time to ensure that every step, every stretch, every therapeutic touch you provide is optimized, informed, and impactful.

  • Bridge the Gap: This isn’t your run of the mill pharmacology course – it’s tailored specifically for rehab and movement professionals.
  • From Basics to Mastery: Whether you’re revisiting pharmacokinetics or delving into the functional implications of neuromuscular agents, this program covers the spectrum. It’s curated knowledge - everything you need, and nothing you don’t.
  • Hands-On & Relevant: Real-life case studies, interactive group discussions, and practical tools to empower your practice. Understand not just the ‘what’, but the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of medications’ impacts on rehabilitation.
  • Safety First: In a world grappling with the opioid crisis, be equipped, be informed. Discover the functional consequences of opioid use and how you can be part of the solution.
  • Tech-Savvy Solutions: Cutting-edge apps that offer rapid medication identification and insights, right at your fingertips.

Dive into the world of pharmacology and emerge with a renewed sense of purpose, expertise, and passion for your profession.


Planning Committee Disclosure - Relevant relationships

Mike Studer receives a speaking honorarium from SMARTFit. His relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company has been mitigated.
Dr. Danny Porcelli is an independent contractor presenter with RockTape USA. His relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company has been mitigated.
All other members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the remaining committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Terry Rzepkowski, DPT, MS, BS's Profile

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Terry L. Rzepkowski, DPT, MS, BS, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with specialization in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Throughout his 37-year career, he has specialized in Orthopedics, specifically: Musculoskeletal out-patient rehab as an independent private practitioner, Total Joint Replacement Surgery, and Sports Medicine. A professor in the Health Science department for Nova Southeastern University, Terry provides instruction in Anatomy, Biomechanics, Kinesiology, and Neuro anatomy; Terry has extensive knowledge in relating the complexities of the Orthopedic joint replacement patient. Terry's current clinical role as home care therapist working exclusively with orthopedic surgical patients in Tampa, FL provides a platform for staying abreast of the latest techniques and protocols utilized in joint care rehab. As a sought-after presenter, he enjoys sharing his knowledge with interdisciplinary audiences around the country. Terry has spoken professionally on shoulder, knee, and hip injuries with advances in orthopedic management.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Terry Rzepkowski has employment relationships with PTCE, Presbyterian College, College of Health Care Sciences, National Healthcare Licensing Solutions Inc, Varsity Tutors, Integrity Therapy Solutions, Medical Minds in Motion/Elite, Allied Health Education, and Mobility Masters, Inc. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

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  1. Identify the functional impact of common medications on rehabilitation outcomes.
  2. Examine the functional implications of medications frequently prescribed to geriatric rehab patients.
  3. Determine the functional consequences of opioid-based medications in the context of rehabilitation.
  4. Identify medication and its direct implications on therapy and patient function.


Principles of Pharmacology: Why Pharmacology Matters for Rehab Professionals

  • Impact on rehabilitation outcomes
  • Patient safety and maximizing therapeutic interventions
  • Pharmacokinetics - Absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion
  • Pharmacodynamics - Mechanism of action and therapeutic effects
  • Drug Interactions - Synergistic, additive, and antagonistic effects

Common Medications and Their Impact on Rehabilitation

  • Cardiovascular Medications - Beta blockers, diuretics, ACE inhibitors, etc.
    • Effects on heart rate, blood pressure, and endurance
  • Pain Management - Opioids, NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, etc.
    • Considerations in pain assessment and intervention
  • Neuromuscular Agents - Antiepileptics, dopaminergic agents for Parkinson’s, etc.
    • Impacts on coordination, balance, and muscle tone
  • Psychotropic Medications - Antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, etc.
    • Implications for cognition, mood, and behavior during therapy
  • Respiratory Medications - Bronchodilators, corticosteroids, etc.
    • Influence on breathing patterns, endurance, and aerobic capacity
  • Medications for Bone Health - Bisphosphonates, calcium, vitamin D, etc.
    • Relevance in fracture prevention and bone strengthening exercises

Special Considerations in Geriatric Population

  • Polypharmacy – prevalence
  • Strategies to address and mitigate polypharmacy
  • Age-related changes: altered metabolism and excretion
  • Sensitivity to medications and side effects

Recognize Medication-Induced Changes: Medications Leading to Adverse Effects Relevant to Rehabilitation

  • Assessment and management strategies
  • Dizziness, vertigo, and falls
  • Fatigue and sedation
  • Impact on participation and endurance in therapy
  • Cognitive and mood changes
  • Modifications and precautions
  • Adjustments in therapy approach and environment

Patient Education and Collaboration

  • Empowering patients
    • Importance of medication adherence
    • Recognize side effects and when to seek medical advice

The Interdisciplinary Approach: Collaboration with Other Healthcare Professionals

  • Pharmacists, nurses, and physicians
  • Value of collaboration between PT, OT, and other allied health professionals
  • Sharing observations and concerns for optimal patient care
  • Advocacy and interdisciplinary communication

Case Studies and Practical Application

  • Real-life scenarios to analyze and discuss
  • Collaborative problem-solving and knowledge sharing
  • Importance of continuous learning in the ever-evolving field of pharmacology
  • Promoting the role of rehab professionals in medication management and patient care

Target Audience

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Podiatrists
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Massage Therapists
  • Other rehabilitation and fitness professionals


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