Introduction

7 Contact Hours

Description: This introductory to intermediate course discusses the basic physical principles and physiological effects of thermal agents, including superficial heat and cold (cryotherapy), and how to apply these therapeutically 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: 7


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. Discuss the physical principles of thermal energy;

2. Discuss the effects of cold (cryotherapy), indications for use, contraindications and precautions, and application techniques;

3. Discuss the effects of heat, indications for use, contraindications and precautions, and application techniques.

4. Choose between cryotherapy and thermotherapy more effectively.

Lessons

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Cold and Heat

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3. Coursework - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Cold and Heat

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4. Course Final and Survey - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Cold and Heat

Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion