There is strong evidence to support the use of physical agent modalities during physical and occupational therapy for patients with neurological disorders. This course will look at four conditions that are common with neurological disorders: spasticity, weakness, pain, and contractures. After summarizing the evidence to support their use, we will outline the use of TENS to minimize spasticity, NMES to address weakness, TENS for central neuropathic pain, and deep and superficial heat in treating contractures. Specific protocols are offered and demonstrations of each protocol is included. As an adjunct to other aspects of rehabilitation, physical agent modalities can add variety to and increase the effectiveness of your plan of care for patients with stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
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- Define spasticity
- Spasticity Pattern in Stroke Patients
- Research supporting TENS for spasticity
- Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis
- Describe weakness in neurological disorders
- Describe how NMES works
- List NMES parameters
- Outline use of NMES in stroke patients
- Describe NMES for quad and for UE strengthening
- Describe pain in neurologic disorders
- Describe use of TENS for pain with neurological conditions
- Describe use of physical agents for joint contractures
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional using physical agent modalities effectively for neurological patients, based on recent evidence to support their use.
- Identify spasticity pattern for UE and LE in stroke patients
- Recognize evidence supporting use of TENS for spasticity
- List TENS parameters for treating spasticity
- Identify weakness in neurological disorders
- List evidence supporting the use of NMES to treat weakness in neurological disorders
- Identify parameters for NMES use
- Identify the uses of NMES in stroke patients
- List use of TENS for neurological disorders
- List use of physical agents for joint contractures
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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 Interim Home Care and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service