Introduction

4 Contact Hours

Description: Traction is a mechanical force applied to the body in a way that separates the joint surfaces and elongates the surrounding soft tissues. Traction can be applied manually by the clinician or mechanically by a machine, or using the patient's body weight and gravity. This comprehensive introductory to intermediate course focuses on the application of mechanical traction to the cervical and lumbar spine and is appropriate for physical and occupational therapists and assistants who offer this treatment modality to their patients.

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: 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 - 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 spinal traction;

2. Identify and discuss clinical indications for the use of spinal traction;

3. Identify and discuss the contraindications and precautions for use of spinal traction;

4. Discuss the adverse effects of spinal traction;

5. Demonstrate and discuss application techniques using spinal traction.

Lessons

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Traction

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3. Coursework - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Traction

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

Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion