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.
- 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! 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.
Part I: Introduction to Physical Agents
1.â€¯The Physiology of Physical Agents
2.â€¯Physical Agents in Clinical Practice
Part II: Pathology and Patient Problems
3.â€¯ Inflammation and Tissue Repair
4.â€¯ Pain and Pain Management
5.â€¯ Tone Abnormalities
6.â€¯ Motion Restrictions
Part III: Thermal Agents
7.â€¯ Introduction to Thermal Agents
8.â€¯ Superficial Cold and Heat
Part: IV: Electrical Currents
11.â€¯Introduction to Electrotherapy
12.â€¯Electrical Currents for Muscle Contraction
13.â€¯Electrical Currents for Pain Control
14.â€¯Electrical Currents for Soft Tissue Healing
15.â€¯Electromyographic (EMG) Biofeedback
Part V: Electromagnetic Agents
16.â€¯Lasers and Light
Part VI: Mechanical Agents
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