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Modalities and Physical Agents for the Rehab Professional: Part 1

presented by Andrew J. Opett, PT, DPT, OCS

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Financial— Andrew Opett receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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Video Runtime: 29 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

This is Part 1 of a two-part course series that provides a comprehensive overview of the use of physical agents in a rehabilitation setting. The course will give an overview of thermal agents, hydrotherapy, traction, and compression. Specific physiological processes that are affected by these physical agents will be addressed. Integration of these physical agents into an overall plan of care for the rehabilitation patient will be discussed. Safety concerns and implications for the health care professional will be covered.

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Andrew J. Opett, PT, DPT, OCS

Andrew Opett received a bachelor of science degree in biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1996; a bachelor of science degree in health sciences from Nazareth College of Rochester, New York, in 2000; and a master of science degree in physical therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester, New York, in…

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1. Thermal Agents

This chapter will cover thermal agents used in rehabilitation settings, including cryotherapy, superficial heat, and infrared. Physiological response to thermal agents will be covered with specific focus on the rehabilitation patient. Indications and contraindications for their use will be discussed.

2. Hydrotherapy

This chapter will discuss hydrotherapy and the use of water as a component of the rehabilitation process. Specific properties of water and the use of both immersion and nonimmersion hydrotherapy will be discussed. Indications and contraindications for its use will be covered.

3. Traction and Compression

This chapter will cover the mechanical forces of traction and compression and how they can be used on the body to achieve therapeutic treatment goals. Physiological responses to traction and compression will be covered with specific focus on the rehabilitation patient. Indications and contraindications for their use will be discussed.

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