Movement System Diagnosis – Application to Patients with Mobility Deficits

Des Moines, IA US
September 15, 2017



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Target Audience

Physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and students. 


The Movement System has been identified as the foundation of physical therapy practice and yet our systematic description of movement system problems has been limited.  This course will focus on the only set of Movement System diagnoses developed for use with patients with neuromuscular conditions.  The course will include descriptions of common patterns observed in practice, examination strategies including movement analysis of critical tasks, and linkages between intervention research and the Movement System diagnoses.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how the movement system can be used to sort patients into categories that are meaningful for practice and research. 
  • Perform a movement analysis of critical tasks using a systematic process and video examples. 
  • Determine a Movement System Diagnosis by matching descriptions of diagnostic categories with video examples.
  • Select evidence-based interventions for patients with different Movement System Diagnoses and discuss considerations for selected interventions to specific diagnoses.    


8 amRegistration
8:30 amThe Movement System – A Framework that Guides Physical Therapy Practice
9:30 amBreak
9:45 amMovement System Diagnosis and Evidence-Based Practice
10:15 amMovement System Diagnosis for Neuromuscular Conditions
  • Introduction
  • Examination Overview
  • Task Analysis Practice
11 amBreak
11:15 amMovement System Diagnosis for Neuromuscular Conditions (Continued)
12:15 pmLunch
1:15 pmOverview of Specific Diagnoses
  • Fractionated Movement Deficit
  • Force Production Deficit
  • Postural Vertical Deficit
  • Movement Pattern Coordination Deficit
  • Sensory Selection and Weighting Deficit
  • Sensory Detection Deficit
  • Hypokinesia
  • Dysmetria
3 pmBreak
3:15 pmDetermining a Diagnosis
  • Video Case Example
  • Discussion
4:15 pmAdjourn


Patricia L. Scheets, PT, DPT, MHS, NCS

Dr. Scheets received her professional and post-professional degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.  She is a board certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy and has worked extensively with patients with stroke, neurological disorders, and balance and vestibular disorders.  She has developed a set of movement system diagnoses that is used to guide the therapist’s clinical examination and treatment selection for patients with neuromuscular conditions.  She has had extensive experience as a practice leader where she has worked to implement standards of care including movement system diagnoses, examination strategies, and interventions.  She is the Director of Quality and Clinical Outcomes with Infinity Rehab and the President of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy.  

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, Dr. Scheets indicated she has no financial relationships to disclose.


Des Moines University
Continuing Medical Education

Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/15/2017 - 8:30am CDT
Event ends: 
09/15/2017 - 4:15pm CDT
Des Moines Univeristy
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50266
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


Continuing Education Credit

Certificates of attendance will given for 6.0 continuing education contact hours.


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