Course Description for Pathology-Pharmacology
Description: This course will examine specific pathological conditions common to the practice of physical therapy, and will present current knowledge related to the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of common drugs related to the physical therapy patient management. Emphasis will be placed upon the determinants of how a specific dose of a drug will eventually reach target tissues and exert a response. Additionally, the course will explore influence of exercise, application of physical agents, and massage on normal pharmacokinetics. Underlying physiological alterations and the physical consequences of such alterations will be reviewed. Treatment rationale, in terms of medical management and physical therapy management, will also be discussed. Conditions covered in this course will cross the lifespan from infancy to advanced age. Although not the focus of this course, differential diagnosis will be an important topic.