The Use of Physical Agents in Treating Neurological Disorders

About the Course:
There is strong evidence to support the use of physical agent modalities during physical and occupational therapy for patients with neurological disorders. This course will look at four conditions that are common with neurological disorders: spasticity, weakness, pain, and contractures. After summarizing the evidence to support their use, we will outline the use of TENS to minimize spasticity, NMES to address weakness, TENS for central neuropathic pain, and deep and superficial heat in treating contractures. Specific protocols are offered and demonstrations of each protocol is included. As an adjunct to other aspects of rehabilitation, physical agent modalities can add variety to and increase the effectiveness of your plan of care for patients with stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify spasticity pattern for UE and LE in stroke patients
2. Recognize evidence supporting use of TENS for spasticity
3. List TENS parameters for treating spasticity
4. Identify weakness in neurological disorders
5. List evidence supporting the use of NMES to treat weakness in neurological disorders
6. Identify parameters for NMES use
7. Identify the uses of NMES in stroke patients
8. List use of TENS for neurological disorders
9. List use of physical agents for joint contractures

About the Author:
Lorie Schleck has over 29 years of Physical Therapy experience. Recently she has focused on providing physical therapy to home care patients. Within that context, she worked for a time in Home Care Quality and Compliance where she audited charts for OASIS and clinical accuracy and provided staff training in best practices for OASIS accuracy. She is a certified OASIS specialist. Lorie has been a physical therapy continuing education instructor, mainly on topics related to orthopedic physical therapy. Her instruction style is characterized by its emphasis on clinical relevance. She has also written several home study courses in physical therapy. She works hard to integrate the latest empirical evidence in to a practical approach to clinical practice.

This course is a video, on-demand course.