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Physical Therapy Track


NHF’s 73rd Annual ‘Virtual’ Bleeding Disorders Conference 
Physical Therapy Education Track

This activity is supported, in part, by an independent educational grant from Takeda. Other funders are currently still pending.  

Target Audience
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physical therapists engaged in the care of patients with bleeding disorders.  

PT Faculty Chair and lead planning liaisons 
Lora Joyner, MS, PT, PCS
Chair of PTWG 
The Brody School of Medicine 
at East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

Kim Baumann, MPT
NHF/BDC73 co-lead liaison 
Univ of MN Health 
Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
Minneapolis, MN 

Marc Gilgannon, PT
NHF/BDC73 co-lead liaison
University of VA Medical System
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Accreditation for NHF’s BDC Physical Therapy Education track is currently pending and in review. Please check this webpage for updates or see the final conference program book for more details. General questions can be sent to Angelina Wang, (awang@hemophilia.org)

Educational Objectives
The following educational objectives have been established for the activity and will be used as a benchmark for judging the success of the endeavor.

Upon completion of the activity, participants should be better able to:

SESSION: PT Pre-Con: Muscle Bleeds: Presentation, Challenges, and Interventions with Focus on Kinesiotaping

  • Identify objective findings in the unique presentation of muscle bleeds.
  • Differentiate the uses of kinesiology taping and design an appropriate treatment plan for the management of muscle bleeds including use of kinesiology taping.
  • Evaluate case studies and recommend evidence-based treatment interventions.


SESSION: The Nuts and Bolts of Non-Factor Therapy and Physical Therapy 

  • Characterize the mechanism of action, indications, dosing regimens, and pharmacokinetics of approved non-factor therapies for the treatment of hemophilia A. 
  • Examine the potential impact of non-factor therapy treatment and its use in prophylactic regimens have on joint health risks and outcomes, post-operative rehabilitation, physical activity, and sports participation through analysis of patient care scenarios.  


SESSION: The Shoulder: Stop or Go

  • Integrate evaluation to treatment options thought processes for shoulder management.
  • Identify evidence-based materials to support their thought process.
  • Identify when the appropriate time is to refer the individual to an advanced medical professional.
  • Develop and instruct the patient in an individualized treatment plan.


SESSION: Hemophilia 101 for Physical Therapists 

  • Compare and contrast the differing types of bleeding disorders.
  • Summarize objective measures that are essential for PT in HTC evaluation.
  • Compare and contrast different dosing options and how these affect PT.
  • Review various options for sports participation recommendations for persons with a bleeding disorder.
  • Summarize evidence-based treatment guidelines for persons with a bleeding disorder.


SESSION: Ankle Replacements and Bleeding Disorders - What's a PT to Do? 

  • List the advantages and disadvantages of total ankle arthroplasty versus ankle arthrodesis.
  • Evaluate the surgical procedures for various total ankle arthroplasties and complications of total ankle arthroplasties.
  • Develop a postoperative treatment plan for patients following total ankle arthroplasty.


SESSION: Nutrition for Musculoskeletal Health

  • Identify 3 key nutrients for a healthy musculoskeletal system.
  • List examples of foods high in Vitamin D, calcium.
  • Explain the role of protein in musculoskeletal health.


SESSION:  Physical Therapy Telehealth in the Time of COVID and Beyond: A New Normal After the Zoombie Apocalypse? 

  • Summarize objective measures that can be incorporated into telehealth evaluations.
  • Appraise pros and cons of telehealth and apply these in determining appropriateness of telehealth with an individual patient approach.
  • Construct an appropriate telehealth treatment session.


SESSION: Kickstart Your Body Part: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in PT

  • List the risks and benefits of the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) in people with bleeding disorders (PWBD).  
  • Differentiate between NMES and transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) and their appropriate purposes. 
  • Recommend NMES as part of physical therapy intervention in the treatment of PWBD.  


SESSION:  Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Treating the Bleeding Disorder Patient: More Than Just “Bikini Medicine”

  • Analyze pelvic floor anatomy and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
  • Distinguish between urological/gynecological/GI disorders which may have similar symptoms to bleeding disorders. 
  • Evaluate techniques for external palpation of pelvic floor muscles to aid cueing in exercise technique before referring to a pelvic floor PT (or if one is unavailable). 
  • Identify what a pelvic health PT may want/need to know from an HTC PT (and vice versa).  
  • Recognize pelvic health issues for men, kids, and transgender patients.


SESSION:  Another Bone to Pick with Hemophilia: Heterotopic Ossification Following a Muscle Bleed Learning Objectives

  • Define myositis ossificans and the process from which it may develop following traumatic injury to a person with a bleeding disorder. 
  • Create safe and effective rehabilitation recommendations following diagnosis of Myositis Ossificans.  
  • Recognize basic MSKUS images that are suggestive of Myositis Ossificans.  


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