Introduction

6 Contact Hours

Description: Hydrotherapy is the application of water for the treatment of physical and psychological dysfunction. Hydrotherapy can be applied by immersion of the whole body or parts of the body in water, or by non-immersion by spraying or pouring water onto the body. This effects of immersion and non-immersion hydrotherapy are discussed in this introductory to intermediate level course and 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: 6


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 properties of water including conductivity, buoyancy, resistance, and pressure;

2. Discuss the physiological effects of hydrotherapy;

3. Identify and discuss uses of hydrotherapy;

4. Identify and discuss contraindications and precautions for use of hydrotherapy;

5. Discuss and demonstrate application techniques;

6. Discuss safety issues regarding hydrotherapy including infection control and pool safety.

Lessons

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Hydrotherapy

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3. Coursework - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Hydrotherapy

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

Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion