As physical and occupational therapists, one of the unique tools of our trade(s) is the use of physical agent modalities. When used effectively, these modalities can be used to facilitate accomplishment of a variety of patient goals.
This course focuses on the use of physical agent modalities for the management of pain and the recent evidence supporting their use. We will look at how and when to use the following modalities for pain management: cryotherapy, superficial heat, ultrasound, electrotherapeutic agents, shortwave diathermy, iontophoresis and laser therapy. Presentation of relevant recent evidence is a major emphasis of this course.
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- Look at state if pain mgmt. in US healthcare and role of OT/PT
- Present info on peripheral and central pain pathways
- Objective methods to assess pain
- Theories about pain
- Types of Pain
- Tissue Healing
- Mechanisms, uses, and evidence to support use of superficial thermal agents in pain management
- Mechanisms, uses, and evidence to support use of electrotherapeutic modalities in pain management
- Use of ultrasound, shortwave diathermy, iontophoresis and laser therapy in pain management
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on the use of physical agent modalities in clinical practice for pain management.
- Identify key components of peripheral and central pain pathways
- Recognize concept of sensitization after injury
- Recognize pain variability
- Identify at least 2 objective methods for pain assessment
- Identify two key theories about pain and the main idea behind each of them
- Identify 3 types of pain and some key differences associated with chronic pain
- Identify 3 stages of tissue healing and time line for each stage and factors that impede optimal healing
- Identify mechanisms, uses, and recent evidence to support use of cryotherapy in pain management
- Identify mechanisms, uses, and recent evidence to support use of superficial heat in pain management
- Identify mechanisms, uses, and recent evidence to support use of transcutaneous neuromuscular stimulation (TENS) in pain management
- Identify mechanisms, uses, and recent evidence to support use of interferential current (IFC) in pain management
- Identify mechanisms, uses, and evidence to support use of ultrasound, shortwave diathermy, iontophoresis, and laser therapy in pain management
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Contact Hours: 4 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
Financial – Lorie Schleck is employed by Home Care PT and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service