This course utilizes text from the soft cover textbook by Michelle Cameron “Physical Agents in Rehabilitation” ©2012. Presenting a variety of treatment choices supported by the latest clinical research, this 4th edition is your guide to the safe, most effective use of physical agents in your rehabilitation practice. Coverage in this new edition includes the most up-to-date information on thermal agents, ultrasound, electrical currents, hydrotherapy, traction, compression, lasers, and electromagnetic radiation. Straightforward explanations make it easy to integrate physical agents into your patients' overall rehabilitation plans.
|Contact Hours: 10||
Text Course Format: Text
|Target Audience: ATC/LAT, OT/COTA, PT/PTA|
|Instructional Level: Beginner||BOC Level of Difficulty: Essential|
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Course Goals & Objectives:
This continuing education course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study on how, why and when to apply physical agents in rehabilitation.
At the end of this course the professional will be able to
- Define resting membrane potential.
- Recognize short pulses and low-current amplitudes are used for sensory stimulation, and longer pulses and higher amplitudes are used for motor stimulation.
- Recognize length of pulse time required to produce contractions in denervated muscles.
- Differentiate between physiological muscle contractions and electrically stimulated muscle contractions.
- Recognize to increase strength, higher force contractions should be used and to increase endurance, prolonged stimulation with lower-force contractions should be used.
- Identify 3 types of TENS.
- Recognize type of electrode to be used for inflamed or infected wounds and for wounds with no inflammation.
- Recognize 2 recommended parameter settings for electrical stimulation for tissue healing.
- Identify polarity requirements for the application of iontophoresis.
- Recognize 4 contraindications for the use of electrical currents.
- Recognize that electrodes should not be placed directly over bony prominences.
- Define buoyancy.
- Identify 4 musculoskeletal effects of hydrotherapy.
- Recognize perceived exertion rather than heart rate should be used to guide exercise intensity when a patient exercises in water.
- Recognize renal effects with individual immersion in water up to the neck.
- Recognize how water rehabilitation programs should be designed and their relationship to compensatory motions.
- Identify psi levels for non-immersion irrigation devices to remove debris.
- Recognize 2 contraindications for the use of local immersion forms of hydrotherapy.
- Recognize 6 contraindications for the use of negative pressure wound therapy.
- Recognize temperature requirements for whirlpool if the water is being used solely as a medium for exercise.
- Recognize exercise pool water temperature parameters.
- Recognize 3 precautions for infection control for hydrotherapy and whirlpool tanks.
- Define joint distraction.
- Recognize traction is most effective when applied soon after discal injury.
- Identify 5 contraindications for the use of traction.
- Identify 2 precautions for the use of cervical traction.
- Recognize over-the-door cervical traction devices can be used for static cervical traction only.
- Identify 5 disadvantages of mechanical traction.
- Identify the starting traction force to the lumbar spine.
- Identify the starting traction force to the cervical spine.
Contact Hours: 10
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Athletic Trainers.
Instructional Level: Beginner
BOC Level of Difficulty: Essential
Course Type: Text
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