With straightforward coverage of the use of physical agents to improve patient outcomes, Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice, 5th Edition reflects how physical agents and modalities are being discussed in the classroom. This new edition brings the ideal balance of evidence and practical instruction to the learning and practice of physical agents in rehabilitation. Comprehensive coverage includes the most up-to-date information on lasers and light, thermal agents, ultrasound, electrical currents, hydrotherapy, traction, compression, and electromagnetic radiation. Plus, each chapter includes a scientific rationale and step-by-step instructions in the use of the agent(s), as well as up-to-date research support and new Find the Evidence tables. The new edition is supported with electronic ancillaries including test/review questions for students and instructors, PowerPoints (R), and links to all references on Medline.
Part I: Introduction to Physical Agents 1. The Physiology of Physical Agents 2. Physical Agents in Clinical Practice Part II: Pathology and Patient Problems 3. Inflammation and Tissue Repair 4. Pain and Pain Management 5. Tone Abnormalities 6. Motion Restrictions Part III: Thermal Agents 7. Introduction to Thermal Agents 8. Superficial Cold and Heat 9. Ultrasound 10. Diathermy Part: IV: Electrical Currents 11. Introduction to Electrotherapy 12. Electrical Currents for Muscle Contraction 13. Electrical Currents for Pain Control 14. Electrical Currents for Soft Tissue Healing 15. Electromyographic (EMG) Biofeedback Part V: Electromagnetic Agents 16. Lasers and Light 17. Ultraviolet Therapy Part VI: Mechanical Agents 18. Hydrotherapy 19. Spinal Traction 20. Compression