NDPT 7332: Patient Care Skills III (4)

Lecture: 4, Lab: 6, Other: 0

This course will explore the scientific basis for selecting and implementing a plan of care using therapeutic agents, including: relaxation training & soft tissue mobilization, compression therapy, thermal agents, and electrotherapeutic modalities. Indications for use of therapeutic modalities, proper administration, and documentation of effectiveness will be emphasized. Students will learn to discuss and document their selection of an appropriate therapeutic agent/s in relation to sound knowledge of underlying physiological processes (pain, inflammation, edema, motor control, etc.) and pertinent methods of physical therapy measurement (such as obtaining medical history, palpation screening for dysfunction in human systems (integumentary, cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, and neuromuscular). Evidence-based practice will be fostered through careful critique of the literature in therapeutic agents. Lab activities will include a range of experiences, progressing from normal to pathological conditions, across the spectra of age, sex, and race.