Current Evidence Based Protocols on the Use of Therapeutic Modalities Course Objectives
This publication explores the effectiveness of several therapeutic modalities in the treatment of neurological and musculoskeletal disabilities and the challenges faced by health practitioners in selecting the most appropriate treatments. Numerous guidelines recommend therapeutic modalities for the management of musculoskeletal conditions; however, recommendations are lacking concerning the specific adjunct modalities to employ. This review will also discuss current evidence-based clinical practice guidelines that have been developed in the treatment of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.
Clinicians use a variety of modalities to reduce pain, improve mobility, and treat neuromusculoskeletal injuries and disabilities. Examples of therapeutic modalities include hot packs, cold packs, whirlpools, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), ultrasound, traction, electrical stimulation, and joint and spine mobilization/manipulation, all of which can help strengthen, relax, and heal muscles, as well as expedite recovery in the orthopedic setting.
- Understand how ultrasound benefits in fracture healing.
- Identify the mechanisms of action of iontophoresis, low-level laser therapy, electrical stimulation and spinal decompression therapy.
- Choose the best modality for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Prescribe the best treatment protocol for knee pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain based on evidence based guidelines.
- Differentiate high intensity ultrasound versus low intensity ultrasound
- Physical Therapists
- Physical Therapy Assistants
- Occupational Therapists
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Doctors of Chiropractic
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