Thermal Agents in Rehabilitation / Edition 3

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The primary audience for this text is the physical therapist. The student will gain a solid foundation in thermal agents, the clinician will strengthen his or her perspective of thermal agents, and the researcher is given information that will provide ideas for clinical studies on thermal agents. Athletic trainers and other professionals who use thermal agents in their practice should find this text of value.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Provides the underlying rationale for selection of an agent in a therapy program, for student and clinical physical therapists and athletic trainers. Chapters on instrumentation and clinical decision making include case studies, summaries, and study objectives, with material on thermal methods detailing physical principles and biophysical effects and offering general guidelines. Contains b&w photos and diagrams. This third edition contains numerous case scenarios, a new chapter on hand rehabilitation, and study objectives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803600447
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Series: Contemporary Perspectives in Rehabilitation Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 405
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Wound Healing and the Use of Thermal Agents 3
Ch. 2 Anatomic and Functional Aspects of Pain: Evaluation and Management with Thermal Agents 30
Ch. 3 Instrumentation Considerations: Operating Principles, Purchase, Management, and Safety 61
Ch. 4 Cryotherapy 78
Ch. 5 Biophysical Principles of Heating and Superficial Heating Agents 107
Ch. 6 Hydrotherapy: The Use of Water as a Therapeutic Agent 139
Ch. 7 Therapeutic Ultrasound 168
Ch. 8 Diathermy and Pulsed Radiofrequency Radiation 213
Ch. 9 Therapeutic Uses of Light in Rehabilitation 255
Ch. 10 Clinical Evaluation of Thermal Agents 281
Ch. 11 The Application of Cold and Heat in the Treatment of Athletic Injuries 304
Ch. 12 Use of Heat and Cold in the Management of Rheumatic Diseases 331
Ch. 13 Heat and Cold in Hand Rehabilitation 355
Appendix: Temperature Conversions for Fahrenheit and Celsius 381
Glossary 384
Index 395
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