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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 2:  Thermal Agents
Chapter 7:  Introduction to Thermal Agents
Chapter 8:  Superficial Cold and Heat
Chapter 9:  Ultrasound
Chapter 10:  Diathermy

Module Goals

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of a given weight of a material by a given number of degrees.
  2. Define vapocoolant spray.
  3. Define ultrasound.
  4. Identify the hemodynamic effects of cold.
  5. Recognize the application of a cooling agent before stretching.
  6. Discuss the adverse effects of cryotherapy.
  7. Differentiate between applications of cold packs and ice packs.
  8. List the advantages of ice massage.
  9. Explain the advantages of controlled cold compression.
  10. Understand how to heat deep muscles.
  11. Identify the uses of superficial heat.
  12. List precautions for thermotherapy.
  13. Understand application techniques for general thermotherapy.
  14. Define fluidotherapy.
  15. Explain the use of contrast baths.
  16. Identify the formula whenresonance occurs when the ultrasound frequency and the crystal thickness conform.
  17. Discuss ultrasound with low average intensity.
  18. List clinical applications of ultrasound.
  19. Define phonophoresis.
  20. Understand the precautions for the use of ultrasound.
  21. Discuss the number and frequency of ultrasound treatments.
  22. Recognize the steady, circular flow of cellular fluids induced by ultrasound.
  23. Identify the amount of acoustic energy per unit time, expressed in watts (W).
  24. Explain the peak intensity of the ultrasound output over the area of the transducer.
  25. Define diathermy.
  26. List the types of diathermy applicators.
  27. Understand the conductivity of different tissues at 25 HMz.
  28. Identify the nonthermal effects of diathermy.
  29. List the contraindications for the use of thermal level diathermy.
  30. Explain the precautions for the use of all forms of diathermy.
  31. Discuss precautions for the therapist applying diathermy.
  32. Understand positioning and documentation when applying diathermy.
  33. Identify the proportion of time energy being delivered.