Physical Agents in Rehabilitation,
Edition 6 An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice
By Michelle H. Cameron, MD, PT, MCR

Publication Date: 19 Mar 2022

Learn how to select and apply physical agents to optimize patient outcomes! Physical Agents in Rehabilitation, 6th Edition provides evidence-based guidance for safe and effective use of agents such as heat and cold, lasers and light, ultrasound, electrotherapy, shock waves, hydrotherapy, traction, and compression. It makes clinical decision making easier with clear explanations of the scientific theory and physiology underlying each agent, and also describes current research and rationales for treatment recommendations.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage of all physical agents including mechanisms, clinical effects, and application techniques for thermal agents, electrical currents, electromagnetic agents, and mechanical agents.
  • UNIQUE! Step-by-step, illustrated Application Techniques boxes guide you in carrying out effective treatment options.
  • Updated Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound, and Laser Light Handbook is included in the eBook as a quick reference to use in the clinic.
  • UNIQUE! Find the Evidence tables make it easy to find up-to-date, patient-specific evidence using the PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) framework.
  • Research references throughout the book, focused on high-quality evidence.
  • Updated review questions and answers help you master the material.

New Features

  • NEW! Shock Wave Therapy chapter covers the principles, evidence base, and practical guidance for using this newly available physical agent.
  • NEW! Updated Lasers, Light and Photobiomodulation chapter adds over 100 new references and more specific guidance for selecting parameters for clinical application.
  • NEW! Enhanced eBook version – included with print purchase – allows access to the entire, fully searchable text, along with figures and references from the book, on a variety of devices.
About the author
By Michelle H. Cameron, MD, PT, MCR, Oregon Health and Science University, Department of Neurology and Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
Table of Contents

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. Traction
20. Compression


Book details
ISBN: 9780323761949
Page Count: 504
Retail Price : £79.99
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