Bhanu Ramaswamy

PhysioPlus course tutor - Bhanu Ramaswamy

Independent Physiotherapy Consultant and Honorary Visiting Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University UK

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Dr Bhanu Ramaswamy OBE is an Independent Physiotherapy Consultant and Honorary Visiting Fellow Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). She has clinical expertise particularly with older people, those with neurological conditions, and people with medical conditions who would benefit from supervised exercise programmes. She is an educator, researcher and contributes to strategy and development with various organisations such as the Parkinson’s Excellence Network. In 2016 she received her Doctorate in Professional Studies (or D.Prof) and 2017 she received a Fellowship of Cardiff University for her contribution to the profession.

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Assessment of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s, as a condition, has an enormous impact on daily living. People with Parkinson’s will develop difficulties with walking, keeping their balance, and may have experienced, or be at risk of falling. For these individuals changing position is challenging, as is the maintenance of a good posture over the course of the disease process. Physiotherapists play a vital role in supporting people with Parkinson’s. In order to make the appropriate clinical decisions, a thorough assessment of the person's physical limitations should be undertaken. This course includes the primary elements of such an assessment, relevant outcome measures, a model for falls assessment and prediction and also important parts of the European Physiotherapy Guidelines for Parkinson’s Disease.
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Introduction to Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a complex neurodegenerative condition that severely affects how people with this condition live life. It is estimated that seven to ten million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's. Physiotherapists have an integral role to play in the management of this condition working alongside other healthcare professionals. In this course you will learn about the clinical stages of Parkinson’s, criteria of diagnosis, associated symptoms and available treatment options.
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Management of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a complex disorder with a wide impact on quality of life. This often challenges the physiotherapist when designing an appropriate individualised management program. After learning about the assessment of Parkinson’s in the previous course you are now about to dive into an intervention framework that considers primary and secondary symptoms of Parkinson’s. Dr. Bhanu Ramaswamy, a physiotherapist consultant specializing in the treatment of older people with neurological conditions, will share with you the aims of physiotherapy when sharing the management of Parkinson’s, and practical intervention strategies to help individuals with the condition fulfil their maximum capabilities.
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Parkinson’s Outcome Measures Case Study

In the previous courses, you learned more about Parkinson's, assessment, and treatment. In this case study, Dr Bhanu Ramaswamy will share the assessment, treatment planning and post-treatment results of an example patient. This case study considers the application of two specific measures used to assess and then reviews the outcome of treatment in a person with Parkinson’s. A video allows you to compare your assessment and treatment ideas with notes made by Dr Ramaswamy. The Timed up and go test is validated for people with Parkinson’s, but the ‘Forward and backward walk test’ is a suggested measure given its functional use in treatment decision-making. A third tool, validated for use in Parkinson’s is suggested for you to use with any patients you have with Parkinson’s who are still ambulatory in the community.
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Parkinson’s Programme

Physiotherapists play a crucial role in the assessment, management and rehabilitation of the individual with Parkinson's Disease (PD). This programme of online courses will explore the latest evidence related to PD to assist you in clinical practice with outcome measures, assessment techniques, management approaches and examples through the use of case studies and a final assignment. Throughout these courses Dr Bhanu Ramaswamy will share practical advice that you can integrate into your clinical practice.
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Parkinson’s Treatment Planning Case Study

A typical case presentation of Parkinson’s may not always be straightforward. Your Parkinson's patient may come to your clinic with simple MSK symptoms asking for help. Your role is to assess your patient thoroughly with a solid base of understanding of Parkinson's to design an effective management programme. In this case study, you will get to learn from Dr Bhanu Ramaswamy on how to think when you are assessing and creating a treatment plan for a patient with Parkinson's.
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