4 Contact Hours

Description: Occupational and physical therapists treat a variety of inflammatory conditions resulting from trauma, surgical procedures, or problematic healing. The clinician who is called on to manage such injuries needs to understand the physiology of inflammation and healing and how it can be modified. The therapist can enhance healing by the appropriate application of various physical agent modalities, therapeutic exercises, or manual techniques. The foundation for a successful rehabilitation program requires an understanding of biomechanics, the phases of tissue healing, and the effects of immobilization and therapeutic interventions on the healing process. This course provides learners with information on the processes involved in inflammation and tissue repair to improve outcomes.


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 (Included): 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: 4

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 and written by Julie A. Pryde, MS, PA-C, PT, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS - 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. Understand and describe the three phases of inflammation and healing.

2. Understand and describe chronic inflammation.

3. Discuss three factors affecting the healing process.

4. Understand and describe healing in cartilage, tendons and ligaments, and bone.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Inflammation and Tissue Repair

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3. Coursework - Inflammation and Tissue Repair

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4. Course Final and Survey - Inflammation and Tissue Repair

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion