Fundamental Review of Electrotherapy: What We Don't Know Is Shocking
Section: Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management
Session Code: CE-2C-5485
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Independence Salon E

Speaker(s):   Gad Alon, PT, PhD
  Rose M. Pignataro, PT, DPT, PhD

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Despite evidence supporting its efficacy, many clinicians remain reluctant to employ electrical stimulation as a component of a functionally-oriented physical therapy plan of care. Barriers to the appropriate use of electrical stimulation within physical therapist practice include lack of knowledge regarding electrotherapeutic parameters such as waveform, polarity, frequency, and intensity, as well as practical considerations such as placement of electrodes, duration of treatment, and tailored patient application. This session will review fundamental principles of electrotherapy relative to the desired physiologic response, enabling participants to perform a critical appraisal of available research. Attendees will learn to apply this knowledge to create a personalized patient rehabilitation plan based on the intended treatment outcomes. These principles will be reinforced through case-based discussion and strategies for adjusting parameters to ensure treatment efficacy.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Select appropriate electrical waveforms based on intended physiology response (eg, pain relief, muscle stimulation, tissue repair).

2. Adjust treatment parameters (eg, pulse duration, carrier frequency, burst frequency and/or pulse frequency) to create a tailored personal rehabilitation program based on patients' individual needs and treatment response.

3. Critically appraise available research and identify reasons for conflicting results regarding the efficacy of electrotherapy.

4. Discuss how electrotherapy can be a useful component of a comprehensive, patient-centered physical therapy plan of care.

CEU: 0.2

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