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From The CriticsReviewer: Jessica Chua Cheng, MS, OTR/L(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Dr. Bracciano makes a strong case for the relevance and efficacy of using physical agent modalities (PAMs) as preparatory and adjunctive interventions to facilitate the overall goal of maximizing function in the second edition of his book, which was first published in 2000.
Purpose: The author's primary objective is to provide clinicians with the framework and foundation with which to treat patients safely and effectively through the use of PAMs. Given the paradigm shift in the world of occupational therapy towards employing PAMs to facilitate occupational performance, this book is especially relevant for therapists treating populations with physical dysfunction. Overall, the author successfully delivers a comprehensive resource for clinicians interested in enriching their practical knowledge of effective PAM usage.
Audience: This book is primarily written for clinicians treating clients with physical disabilities in settings such as acute medicine, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and day rehabilitation programs. Overall, it appropriately addresses the concerns of therapists in the clinical arena; however, it also may prove to be a valuable resource for occupational therapy students, as PAMs have recently been integrated into occupational therapy academic programs. Dr. Bracciano is an established educator with expertise in the fields of orthopedics and upper extremity injuries, and his comprehensive book is useful for both students and clinicians.
Features: The book provides an evidence-based approach to PAMs, as well as a physiological basis for their use. Additionally, clinicians will find the applications, precautions, contraindications, specific application techniques, parameters for usage, and case studies practical. Furthermore, students may view the foundational information underlying PAMs intervention particularly helpful. For example, the chapters that cover wound healing, pain theory, and principles of electrotherapy are key in that they provide students with an essential basis for understanding how to efficaciously incorporate PAMs into treatment. One shortcoming is the redundancy with which the author urges readers to integrate PAMs into their therapeutic repertoire as an adjunctive intervention.
Assessment: This second edition provides both clinicians and students with a comprehensive resource on efficacious use of PAMs buttressed by foundational knowledge and practical application. As a practicing therapist who works in inpatient rehabilitation, I will be sure to consult this book to fortify my working knowledge of PAMs.