Introduction

5 Contact Hours

Description: Electrical stimulation has a wide range of clinical applications in rehabilitation including: muscle strengthening and reduction, pain control, wound healing, edema management, reducing soft tissue inflammation, and transdermal drug delivery. This introductory to intermediate course provides a comprehensive overview and application of electrical stimulation treatment and is appropriate for occupational and physical therapists as well as 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: 5


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 effects of electrical currents as a foundation for clinical application;

2. Identify and describe the clinical application of electrical stimulation;

3. Discuss contraindications and precautions for use of electrical stimulation;

4. Describe application techniques; and,

5. Demonstrate improved competency in documentation.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Electrical Stimulation

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3. Coursework - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Electrical Stimulation

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4. Course Final and Survey - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Electrical Stimulation

Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion