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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 4: Mechanical Agents
 
Chapter 17: Hydrotherapy
Chapter 18: Traction
Chapter 19: Compression

Module Goals

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the physical properties of water.
  2. List the physiological effects of hydrotherapy.
  3. Discuss what should be used to guide exercise intensity when a patient exercises in water.
  4. List the benefits of water exercise for specific conditions.
  5. Recognize exercise in water during pregnancy.
  6. Discuss when contrast baths are recommended and clinically used.
  7. Explain applying hydrotherapy to wounds.
  8. List precautions for the use of full-body immersion in hot or very warm water.
  9. Recognize the adverse effects of hydrotherapy.
  10. Discuss application techniques of hydrotherapy.
  11. Explain nonimmersion irrigation devices.
  12. Understand the ratio of the density of a material to the density of water.
  13. Recognize the effects of spinal traction.
  14. Define static traction.
  15. Discuss when traction is most effective when applied.
  16. List contraindications for the use of traction.
  17. Identify precautions for the use of traction.
  18. Recognize disadvantages of mechanical traction.
  19. Understand mechanical lumbar traction.
  20. Explain mechanical cervical traction.
  21. Identify traction that involves prolonged placement of the patient in a position that places tension on only one side of the lumbar spine.
  22. Recognize documentation when applying traction.
  23. Discuss a mechanical force that increases external pressure on the body or a body part.
  24. Explain the causes of edema.
  25. Identify the most common cause of venous insufficiency.
  26. List the causes of lymphedema.
  27. Recognize the adverse consequences of edema.
  28. Discuss the prevention of deep venous thrombosis (DVT).
  29. Explain areas of tissue breakdown and necrosis that occur in areas of impaired venous circulation.
  30. Define hypertrophic scarring.
  31. List contraindications for the use of intermittent or sequential compression pumps.
  32. Demonstrate knowledge in applying compressions bandages.
  33. Discuss compression garments.
  34. Recognize intermittent pneumatic compression pumps.