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MANUAL FOR PHYSICAL AGENTS, 6/e is a core education resource for modern physical therapists, therapist assistants, and athletic trainers. It integrates concise summaries of the theoretical background and available evidence for each technique; step-by-step instructions presented generically, without brand names; and broad coverage of most current techniques. Designed for easy use, its lay-flat spiral binding remains open while students practice independently in laboratory sessions; concise tables provide fast access to essential information. This edition offers stronger focus on evidence-based practice; a new chapter on evaluating new interventions; new study and discussion questions; and extensive new topic coverage: from controlled cold compression to electrical stimulation for tissue repair.

"Student's & practitioners of physical therapy will benefit from the generic, step-by-step instructions, applicable to a wide variety of equipment available in today's marketplace."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136072157
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/19/2011
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 144,185
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 Physical Agents

Chapter 1 Cryotherapy

Ice Pack

Commercial Cold Pack

Ice Massage

Cold Baths (Immersion)

Vapocoolant Spray

Controlled Cold Compression Unit

Chapter 2 Thermotherapy

Dry Heat Therapy (Fluidotherapy)

Hot Pack

Air-Activated Heat Wrap

Paraffin Bath

Chapter 3 Hydrotherapy


Contrast Baths

Chapter 4 Pulsed Lavage with Concurrent Suction

Chapter 5 Ultrasound



Chapter 6 Pulsed Shortwave Therapy

Chapter 7 Therapeutic Laser (Low-Level Laser Therapy)

Chapter 8 Ultraviolet Radiation

SECTION 2 Mechanical Agents

Chapter 9 Compression

Compression Bandage

Compression Pump

Compression Garment

Chapter 10 Mechanical Spinal Traction

Cervical Traction

Lumbar Traction

SECTION 3 Electrotherapeutic Agents

Chapter 11 Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Chapter 12 Interferential Current

Chapter 13 Electrical Stimulation for Motor Activity

Chapter 14 Electromyographic Biofeedback

Chapter 15 Electrical Stimulation for Tissue Repair

Chapter 16 Iontophoresis

SECTION 4 Preparing for the Future

Chapter 17 Evaluation of New or Nonstandard Interventions in Physical Therapy


Appendix A Electromagnetic Spectrum

Appendix B Laws Governing Dosage of Electromagnetic Radiation

Appendix C Suggested Responses to Discussion Questions

Appendix D Motor Point Charts

Appendix E Resources for Evidence-Based Practice

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