Role of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Diabetes Management – 3 Hours (🎥)



As therapists, we often provide care for diabetes-related complications when a patient has been diagnosed with diabetes for several years. However, we should also play a role in preventing diabetes and be involved in the curative phase. This course is designed to help PTs and OTs identify diabetes in an individual before they are formally diagnosed. As allied health professionals, we should be involved in the patient’s complete care, from lifestyle modifications to their long-term physical and mental well-being. This course will highlight the role of OTs in cognitive aspects and the role of PTs in creating customized exercise prescriptions for individual patient needs. Diabetes management is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and it takes a village to manage a patient with diabetes. We should aim to raise awareness of the importance of involving therapists in the prevention of disease processes and seek involvement not just in symptomatic therapy but also in preventing the disease.

The candidate will learn the latest evidence-based research, including a special section on COVID-19’s effect on diabetes, how to work together as a PT/OT team, and individual roles that can be life-changing for the patient.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Gain an insight into the challenges faced by the patients in understanding diabetes due to limited resources available and lack of psychosocial assistance.
  • Empower the clinicians by discussing and addressing the needs of the patients facing challenges with their diagnosis.
  • Understand the role of therapists, and how they can help the patients and their families physically and psychosocially.
  • Bring awareness about utilizing therapies for the diagnosis of Diabetes.
  • Use evidence-based treatment strategies for treatments, and customize to patient and family needs, their co-morbidities, and medications.


Contact Hours : 3 Hours / 3 PDR 

Teaching Method: Online Independent Self-Study 

Target Audience:

Physical Therapists
Physical Therapy Assistants
Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapy Assistants
Nursing Professionals

Course Fee: $35 / Participant

Author: Dr. Rina Pandya, PT DPT, has an extensive physical therapy career that spans over 20 years through the UK, the USA, and the Middle East. She has worked in NHS (National Health Service) and American health care, providing PT services in acute care, in-patient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, home healthcare, and outpatient clinics. In addition to being a clinician, she has developed specialty programs based on evidence-based practice in her role as a project manager. She has also managed a Physical Therapy department as Department Head in a premier private hospital in Oman. Rina graduated from Manipal University, India, in 2000, and the University of Michigan, in 2018, with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She has also been an educator and presented live seminars nationally and internationally. Rina is a member of the APTA, HCPC-UK, and OAP-Oman.

Course completion: The CE certificate will be emailed within 24 hours of test completion.

Electronic Reporting: Within 24 hours (if applicable)

Approvals: State Board of Physical Therapy & American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) State Chapters Approved. Please visit the accreditation section for the full list: Click Here

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