Integrating Physical Agents in Rehabilitation / Edition 2

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Clear-cut, complete, and current, this guide blends practical application with scientific rationale in the application of physical agents as therapeutic modality. Readers will become adept at appropriately and safely employing physical agents into a rehabilitation program. More than a simplistic how-to guide, this book will challenge its readers to think critically when mapping out the best treatment options with optimal use of agents such as traction, compression, thermal agents, electromagnetic radiation, hydrotherapy, ultrasound, and electrical currents. Examination of all the most current physical agents and techniques highlighted in The Guide to Physical Therapy Practice of the American Physical Therapy Association. New chapters on physical agents dealing with management of wounds and pelvic floor dysfunction. Case studies aimed at sharpening readers’ clinical decision-making skills and illustrating techniques of applying physical agents. Emphasis on understanding the “why” and the “how” of smoothly integrating physical agents into a treatment program.

Physical Therapy students and professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838581322
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.95 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. The Skin

3. The Circulatory System

4. Wound Management

5. Edema

6. Pain

7. Electromagnetic Spectrum


8. Terminology

9. Thermal Physics

10. Biophysics

11. Physiological Responses to Thermal Stimuli

12. Clinical Effects of Thermal Modalities

13. Superficial Thermotherapy

14. Cryotherapy

15. Ultrasound

16. Diathermy

17. Safety Considerations for Thermal Modalities


18. Therapeutic Electricity

19. Electrophysiology

20. Clinical Applications of Electrical Stimulation

21. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

22. Iontophoresis

23. Clinical Electroneuromyography


24. Spinal Traction

25. External Compression

26. Hydrotherapy


27. Ultraviolet Radiation

28. Low-Level Laser Therapy


29. Biofeedback

30. Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation


Clinical Cases and Laboratory Experiments with the Thermal Agents Appendix

Clinical Cases and Laboratory Experiments with the Electrical Agents Appendix

Clinical Cases and Laboratory Experiments with the Mechanical Agents Appendix

Clinical Cases and Laboratory Experiments with the Photochemical Agents Appendix

Clinical Cases and Laboratory Experiments with Biofeedback and Pelvic Floor

Rehabilitation Appendix

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