Jan 31, 2023
PTA 114 - Physical Therapy Modalities 4 CR
In this course students learn and practice theory, principles and technical skills of selected physical therapy modalities. Units include hydrotherapy; radiant, thermal, and electrotherapy modalities; intermittent and sequential compression; and application of sterile techniques and bandaging. Students learn the foundations of aquatic therapies and take part in an aquatic lab session at a local clinical facility. Documentation skills are practiced and assessed throughout the semester. Students will prepare and present an analysis of a research article to their peers using presentation software. Lab Fee
Additional Information: Formal admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program required.
Requisites: (1) Take PTA 110 and ENGL 151 with at least a grade of C (AND) (2) Take BIOL 201 with at least a grade of C.
Course Learning Outcomes:
- Describe the physical properties involved in the production and absorption of energy as they relate to the following biophysical agents: biofeedback, electrotherapeutic agents, compression therapies, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, superficial and deep thermal agents, and traction and light therapies.
- Describe the physiological response of the human body to biophysical agents used in physical therapy.
- Describe the therapeutic uses and effects of biophysical agents used in physical therapy.
- Describe the contraindications and precautions for use of biophysical agents used in physical therapy.
- Examine physical therapy research.
- Demonstrate treatment interventions in a physical therapy setting including hot packs, hydrotherapy, paraffin, cryotherapy, compression techniques, iontophoresis, biofeedback, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and volumetric extremity measurements.
- Use appropriate communication with the patient in instruction for a biophysical agent in various physical therapy settings.
- Describe the role of documentation in-patient care.
- Write effective documentation related to hypothetical patient scenarios.
- Demonstrate beginning skills in the application of topical agents and dressing understanding the role of the PTA in wound care.
- Demonstrate the use of the tilt table in the physical therapy setting.
- Apply cervical and lumbar cervical clinical traction procedures.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors in the classroom, clinical and course-related settings.