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This course utilizes content from the text book “Physical Agents in Rehabilitation” Fourth Edition by Michelle H. Cameron, MD, PT, OCS, © 2013, published by Elsevier.
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This text provides straight forward coverage of physical agents to improve patient outcomes and a guide to the safest, most effective use of physical agents in the rehabilitation setting. This valuable resource details the most up-to-date information on lasers and lights, thermal agents, ultrasound, electrical currents, hydrotherapy, traction, compression, lasers and electromagnetic radiation.
Throughout this course you will learn to expand treatment options and ensure patient safety with sections on thermal agents and electrical currents that reflect the latest research and clinical application recommendations. Content including upper extremity cases for all physical agent chapters, application technique boxes with detailed step-by-step instructions for using all physical agents. Contraindication and precautions boxes with important safety information.
To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 437 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 4 modules. Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle. Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs. You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format.

Module Description

Included in Module 1: Pathology and Patient Problems

Chapter 1:  The Physiology of Physical Agents 
Chapter 2:  Physical Agents in Clinical Practice 
Chapter 3:  Inflammation and Tissue Repair 
Chapter 4:  Pain 
Chapter 5:  Tone Abnormalities
Chapter 6:  Motion Restrictions

Module Goals

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss The American Physical Therapy Association’s Guide to Physical Therapy Practice.
  2. List the physical agents for tissue healing.
  3. Identify pain in the extremities caused by spinal nerve root dysfunction and how it may be effectively treated.
  4. Recognize physical agents that can temporarily modify muscle.
  5. Understand using physical agents in combination with each other or with other interventions.
  6. Explain when physical agents are generally used more extensively.
  7. Identify the therapeutic use of intermittent shortwave radiation in which heat is not the mechanism of action.
  8. Discuss transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
  9. List approaches to rehabilitation.
  10. Recognize the role of physical agents in rehabilitation.
  11. Identify sources of studies answering specific clinical questions.
  12. Recognize what may also be increased by providing an intervention to groups of patients.
  13. Understand what can be defined as restrictions in the ability to perform an activity in an efficient, typically expected, or competent manner.
  14. Define the proliferation phase.
  15. Discuss muscle hematomas.
  16. Understand the second phase of tissue healing.
  17. Explain collagen production.
  18. Identify stages of bone healing.
  19. Define the most common symptom prompting patients to seek medical attention and rehabilitation.
  20. Understand mechanisms of pain reception and transmission.
  21. Discuss pain modulation and control.
  22. Recognize the mechanism by which the sympathetic nervous system affects pain.
  23. List the types of pain.
  24. Discuss what is thought to control pain in part by stimulating the release of opiopeptins at the spinal cord and higher levels.
  25. Recognize pharmacological approaches to pain management.
  26. List cognitive-behavioral therapy interventions.
  27. Discuss muscle tone.
  28. Identify specific terms used to describe types of dyskinesia.
  29. Understand the Modified Ashworth Scale for Grading Spasticity.
  30. Identify neural contributions to muscle tone and activation.
  31. Explain sensory organs located in the connective tissue at the junction between muscle fibers and tendons.
  32. Discuss abnormally low muscle tone, or hypotonicity.
  33. List interventions for high muscle tone as associated with cerebral lesions.
  34. Recognize types of motions.
  35. Explain patterns of motion restriction.
  36. Discuss pathologies that can cause motion restriction.
  37. Explain types of stretching.