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From The CriticsReviewer: Daniel Higgins, DPT, OCS, ATC (Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Associates)
Description: This is the fourth edition of an instructional book on the rationale and practical application of therapeutic modalities in a rehabilitation setting. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is so provide students and clinicians with a comprehensive tool to understand the appropriate use of modalities in a clinical setting. It will help clinicians in selecting a suitable modality and applying it safely. It is imperative that therapists have a thorough understanding of this material because of the frequency and variety of modalities used in rehabilitation. The author does a nice job of explaining this material.
Audience: The target audience includes anyone using modalities in a rehabilitation/healthcare setting, namely, athletic trainers, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy aides, and chiropractors. This would be an ideal book for students in any of these fields. The author has written numerous books and articles on this subject and is a leading instructor in the field.
Features: The book covers the basic science behind the modalities along with the basis for their use. It describes electrical stimulation, ultrasound, iontophoresis, biofeedback, heat and ice, as well as lesser known modalities such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy, low level laser therapy, and diathermy. Other chapters cover interventions such as spinal traction and therapeutic massage. The book appears to have updated color photos and color charts, along with multiple case studies, glossaries, and learning activities at the end of each chapter. While the information is referenced nicely, most of it is based on theory and, therefore, this is not an evidence-based book demonstrating the effectiveness of the modalities used for specific conditions.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive book designed for educating anyone using therapeutic modalities. It would be especially helpful to students in an academic setting because it provides a great deal of detail on a wide variety of modalities. This edition has been expanded, adding chapters on wound healing, electrodiagnostic testing, and extracorporeal shockwave therapy.