Introduction

3 Contact Hours

Description: This course provides each learner with a general overview of physical agent modalities and how they are used. This course reviews types of physical agents, the role of physical agents in rehabilitation, contraindications and precautions, how to choose physical agents, and discusses the effects of physical agents as a treatment modality. This is an introductory course for therapists who are new to physical agent modalities or would like to have a stronger foundation to make clinical decisions about selection and use of physical agent modalities in practice. This course is appropriate for occupational and physical therapists and assistants.

Instructors:

Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L

Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults. He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010. He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults. Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy.

Course Text (required): Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: From Research to Practice, 3rd ed. (2009) edited by Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, OCS - Copyright 2009 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Intermediate

Contact Hours: 3


The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from "Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: From Research to Practice, 3rd ed. (2009)" edited by Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, OCS - Copyright 2009 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the different types of physical agent modalities.
  2. Discuss the role of physical agent modalities in rehabilitation.
  3. Identify contraindications and precautions for physical agent use.
  4. Make improved clinical decisions about Choosing an appropriate physical agent.
  5. Describe the effects of physical agent modalities.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Introduction to Physical Agents and How They Are Used

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3. Coursework - Introduction to Physical Agents and How They Are Used

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4. Course Final and Survey - Introduction to Physical Agents and How They Are Used

Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion