Introduction

3 Contact Hours

Description: Diathermy has a wide range of clinical applications in rehabilitation including: Pain control, accelerated tissue healing, decreased joint stiffness, and increased range of motion when paired with stretching. This introductory to intermediate course provides a comprehensive overview of diathermy 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: 3


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. Identify different types of diathermy applicators;

2. Discuss the thermal and nonthermal effects of diathermy;

3. Discuss the clinical indications for the use of diathermy;

4. Identify the contraindications and precautions for the use of diathermy;

5. Discuss the adverse effects of diathermy;

6. Demonstrate appropriate application techniques of diathermy.

Lessons

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Diathermy

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3. Coursework - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: Diathermy

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

Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion