Physical Therapy – For Physical Therapists

To maintain mobility, flexibility and quality of life, it is crucial that PT routines occur daily

Physical therapy can make all the difference in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Physical therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy is unique and requires specific knowledge of the disorder to provide appropriate treatment.  Treating a patient with Duchenne without the proper understanding of the disease puts the patient at risk of further muscle damage and function loss.   When applied correctly, physical therapy treatment has the potential to improve the lives and slow the progression of some of the disease impairments.  CureDuchenne welcomes you to use our programs and resources to stay up to date with Duchenne treatment.

CureDuchenne Physical Therapy Program

CureDuchenne offers a high level program of educational opportunities and resources for physical therapists and allied healthcare professionals who treat those with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.  Our goal is to help improve the lives of those living with Duchenne by advancing the knowledge of those who are treating them.

Professional Course

“Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Current understanding and treatment”

  • Full length course pre-approved for CEUs for PTs in all 50 states and available in-person and online. 
  • Topics include diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and equipment 
  • This course is most appropriate for PTs, OTs, SLPs, Nurses and Healthcare Providers 

Become a CureDuchenne Certified Physical Therapist

CureDuchenne offers many physical therapy related resources to help therapists help their patients and families.  Please refer to these printable handouts (some available in Spanish) and informative videos for useful information from stretching to school accommodations and equipment selection.  

CureDuchenne offers 2 distinct opportunities for physical therapists and other allied healthcare providers to receive up to date continuing education.  Live courses are in person and held throughout the United States each year.  The online version of this course holds all of the valuable information and can be taken at your own pace in any location.

If you have specific questions about treating patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, please contact one of our Physical Therapy Staff.

PT Jennifer Wallace Valdez

Jennifer Valdes, PT, draws from experience in pediatrics since 2002 with an emphasis in the muscular dystrophy population. She has been invited to present at Duchenne conferences and the Academy of Pediatric PT Annual conference, and has taught continuing education to healthcare professionals since 2009. She is the owner of Duchenne Therapy Network. She continues to practice and provide evaluation, treatment and consultations for those with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy.

Contact: jennifer@cureduchenne.org

PT Doug Levine

Doug Levine, PT, is the owner of Growing Places Therapy Services, PLLC. A physical therapist since 1997, he has primarily focused on pediatrics and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Since 2006, Growing Places has served over 500 children and their families, providing pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapies in the home, school and daycare settings.

Contact: doug@cureduchenne.org

CureDuchenne Certified Physical Therapists receive training on the most current standards of care. Skills are maintained through ongoing training and testing. And you‘ll gain the expertise and network access to refer patients to primary and allied healthcare providers in a timely manner.

Our certified therapists will:

  • Receive ongoing training and suggestions from the CureDuchenne professional team
  • Receive patient referrals from CureDuchenne
  • Enjoy a website presence on www.CureDuchenne.org
  • Be recognized by patients and health care professionals as a uniquely qualified provider
  • Display the CureDuchenne Certified Physical Therapist seal for their site and materials to demonstrate certification
  • Be part of a larger community network of therapists to collaborate and consult with
  • Be introduced to new families and other local CureDuchenne Certified Physical Therapists
  • Receive notifications of upcoming conferences and courses of interest

Become a CureDuchenne Certified Physical Therapist and have a direct and personal impact on the lives of Duchenne patients.

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