Gait & Balance -Quick, Effective & Evidence-Based Therapeutic Solutions – Michel (Shelly) Denes



Gait & Balance -Quick, Effective & Evidence-Based Therapeutic Solutions – Michel (Shelly) Denes


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Michel (Shelly) Denes
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Nov 13, 2015


Join gait and human movement expert, Shelly Denes, PT, C/NDT, and move beyond basic assessment and treatment interventions. Learn practical, evidence-based strategies to:

  • Improve gait efficiency in seniors
  • Enhance safety and decrease fall risk in ambulatory residents
  • Recognize and design treatment plans for abnormal gait patterns in recovering hip & knee replacement patients
  • Maximize gait, strength and activity tolerance in recovering acute care patients
  • Improve gait quality in people living with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and the effects of stroke

Shelly will teach you quick tips to recognize normal gait and its components, as well as to understand evaluation of abnormal gait. Review posture, and discover details about its impact on gait. Through interactive case studies and lab demonstrations, Shelly will help you consider the latest in orthotics and other advanced technologies being used in rehabilitation – interventions that you can implement into your practice now. Be the best rehab resource for your patients by learning quick, effective and evidence-based strategies and interventions that will transform your practice.





Quick Tips to Recognize Normal vs. Abnormal Gait Patterns

  • Identify where the “breakdowns” occur in normal gait patterns
  • What should gait look like? Video examples and demonstrations

Screening Tests & Solutions for Changes in Gait

  • Advanced visual assessment techniques
    • Gait speed & cadence changes
    • Double stance time
    • Walking posture
    • Joint motion
    • Muscle strength & muscle tone (Spasticity and Rigidity)
  • Video motion analysis and 3D kinematics
  • Dynamic surface electromyography
  • Dynamic fine wire electromyography

Strategies to Identify the Manifestations & Underlying Causes of Abnormal Gait Patterns

  • Pathological gait disorders
  • Orthopedic issues
  • Musculo-skeletal issues
  • Neurological issues
  • Pain issues
  • Fear of falling

Documentation, Goal Writing, Outcome Expectations and Discharge Planning

  • Long- & short-term goal writing tips
  • Intensity, frequency and duration of care documentation
  • Progress reports: how to get paid & avoid payment denials
  • Treatment encounter notes
  • Maintenance services: justification tips
  • Examples of documentation essentials


Parkinson’s Disease

  • The “Parkinson’s Shuffle”
  • Techniques that minimize “freezing”
  • Enriching exercise with simultaneous activities

Multiple Sclerosis

  • Techniques to address ataxia issues
  • Treatment strategies for relapses or flares
  • Benefits of aquatic therapy
  • Benefits of Tai Chi and Yoga for gait and balance


  • Strategies to reteach walking
  • Training for family and caregivers
  • Functional electrical stimulation (FES)
  • Techniques to address Trendelenburg gait
  • Exercises to strengthen muscles
  • Appropriate assistive devices

Hip & Knee Replacement Rehabilitation

  • Techniques to immediately address post-op gait
  • Interventions to regain range of motion post-op
  • Cautionary considerations: Trendelenburg gait

Leg-Length Discrepancies

  • When to correct, and when not
  • Testing considerations for muscle imbalance & functional limb-length issues

Indications and Biomechanics for the use of Orthotics

  • Weakness at specific joints
  • Correction for alignment issues
  • Orthotics for LE collapsing even without foot-drop
  • Utilizing combined orthotics in unique situations



Michel (Shelly) Denes, PT, CFPS, C/NDT's Profile

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Shelly Denes, PT, CFPS, C/NDT, is an expert in fall prevention and neuro-rehab more than 25 years of experience treating patients with hemiplegia, neuromusclular disorders, TBI, and SCI. She has a special interest in advanced technology and has been involved extensively with neuroprosthetic devices, lower extremity orthotics, and exoskeleton robotics.

Ms. Denes travels nationally to present seminars on fall prevention and geriatric rehabilitation, and she is known for her dynamic, hands-on teaching style. She has also shared her insights with practicing professionals in varying settings. Additionally, her expertise has been presented through expert witness work, both nationally and locally. Ms. Denes is a graduate of University of Michigan’s PT program, and she earned her certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment for Adult Hemiplegia (NDT) from Rehab Institute of Chicago. She has also earned her certification as a Fall Prevention Specialist with Evergreen Certifications and sits on their advisory board.


Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial: Michel Janet (Shelly) Denes receives compensation as a Physical Therapist at the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Michel Janet (Shelly) Denes has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.  

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