Physical Agents Lab component provides students an environment to practice safe application of physical agents to facilitate tissue healing and modulate pain in order to improve patient functional mobility. Students will explore electrotherapeutic modalities, physical agents and mechanical modalities including but not limited to athermal agents, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, light agents, sound agents, thermotherapy, compression therapies, gravity assisted compression devices, mechanical motion devices and traction units. Students will gain competence by performing therapeutic interventions in simulated patient scenarios with heat, paraffin, fluidotherapy, cold/cryo (cold packs, ice massage and cold baths), vapocoolant, contrast baths, ultrasound, traction, iontophoresis, phonophoresis, biofeedback, hydrotherapy, light/laser, and electrical stimulation. Students will demonstrate administration of the agents and communication as appropriate for a physical therapist assistant under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist on simulated patients having diverse characteristics.
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