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Physical Agent Modalities for Neurologic Occupational Therapy

presented by Stephen Page, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAHA, FACRM, FAOTA

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Financial: Stephen Page receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Stephen Page has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Physical agent modalities (PAMs) are commonly used in occupational therapy to mitigate impairments that diminish clients’ ability to carry out valued occupations. This introductory course will provide the rationale for the use of PAMs in occupational therapy practice, as well as the rationale, evidence, and basic application of specific, commonly used PAMs treatment modalities that are used in occupational therapy physical function practice. Knowledge gained in this introductory course can be incorporated into creation of treatment plans and patient experiences.

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Stephen Page, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAHA, FACRM, FAOTA

Dr. Page’s team develops and tests approaches that increase function and independence after stroke and other neurologic diseases. He has held uninterrupted extramural funding to support his rehabilitative trials for over 15 years, and has produced many "firsts" in neurorehabilitation, developing and showing efficacy of mental practice, portable robotics, modified constraint-induced therapy, functional electrical stimulation,…

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1. Rationale and Introduction to Physical Agent Modalities

This chapter will introduce the rationale for the use of physical agent modalities (PAMs) in occupational therapist practice, including the theoretical foundations of PAMs, their relationship to the occupational therapist practice framework, and consideration of state laws and regulations regarding the use of PAMs in occupational therapy practice.

2. Electrical Stimulation for Neurological Applications: An Introduction

Electrical stimulation is commonly used to mitigate pain, reduce spasticity, and increase range of motion in people with neurological impairments. This chapter will review the basic attributes and parameters of electrical stimulation that can be modified by OT professionals, describe the hypothesized mechanisms of electrical stimulation, describe the rationale and evidence supporting its use in clients with neurological impairments, and demonstrate the basic use of electrical stimulation in several basic applications.

3. Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is commonly used to mitigate pain, reduce spasticity, and ameliorate other symptoms in people with neurological impairments. This chapter will review the basic attributes of cold, describe its hypothesized mechanisms, describe the rationale and evidence supporting its use in clients with neurological impairments, and demonstrate the basic use of cryotherapy in several basic applications.

4. Thermotherapy

Thermotherapy is commonly used to mitigate pain, reduce spasticity, and ameliorate other symptoms in people with neurological impairments. This chapter will review the basic attributes of heat, describe its hypothesized mechanisms, describe the rationale and evidence supporting its use in clients with neurological impairments, and demonstrate the use of thermotherapy in several basic applications.

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