Physical Agent Modalities for Rehab

This workshop offers the practicing clinician an opportunity to gain new knowledge and update existing skills in the area of application of electrotherapy and therapeutic ultrasound. Participants will leave the course with an evidenced-based approach to the dosing and application of electrical stimulation and ultrasound. The workshop will include hands-on laboratory sessions to reinforce the concepts and techniques discussed during the lecture portions of the program.

Appropriate Disciplines: ATs, OT/COTAs, PT/PTAs
Course Level: Introductory
Instructional Methods: Lecture, Demonstration, Hands-On Labs
Method of Assessing Student Learning: Observation of Lab Work

Participants should wear loose-fitting athletic clothing that allows access to the shoulder (e.g.t-shirt, tank top etc.)
Attendees will receive a course manual at check-in.

Richmar is sponsoring this event including the venue, all equipment and supplies for labs, and lunch for the attendees.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Course Instructor(s)

Joe Gallo


Dr. Joe Gallo earned his BS in Physical Education and Athletic Training and his Master’s in Physical Therapy. He also holds a Doctor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. He currently serves as Director and Professor in the Salem State University Athletic Training Program. He also held faculty appointments in various physical therapy and physical therapist assistant programs in his over 20 year career as an educator. Dr. Gallo is currently a Certified Instructor for the VitalStim® Therapy Specialty Program teaching NMES for the treatment of dysphagia. He has taught over 300 continuing education workshops to rehabilitation specialists across the United States. Joe’s research on electrophysical agents has been published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and the Chinese journal of Sportsmedicine. In addition to his teaching and research, Joe has also maintained clinical practice in a variety of settings throughout his career.

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Gallo receives an honorarium for speaking/teaching live courses through CIAO Seminars. He also receives royalties for the purchase of his recorded courses and the purchase of his Ultrasound book.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Dr. Gallo uses modalities in his clinical practice.

Course Agenda

Day 1

08:00 - 08:30
Registration/Check-In, coffee
08:30 - 10:00
Fundamental principles of electrotherapy
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 10:45
Neurobiology of pain
10:45 - 11:15
Electrotherapy for pain management
11:15 - 12:00
Pain management lab
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch (provided by Richmar)
01:00 - 01:45
Electrotherapy to improve muscle performance and ROM
01:45 - 02:30
02:30 - 02:45
02:45 - 03:45
Therapeutic Ultrasound
03:45 - 04:15
Therapeutic Ultrasound Lab
04:15 - 04:30
Wrap up - Q&A

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 6.5 contact hours
  • This Course Meets PDU Requirements for NBCOT (8.125 PDUs - Clinical Lab Assessment)
  • CIAO is a BOC Approved Provider #P2881 (ATs)
  • This program is eligible for a maximum of 6.5 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • This activity is provided by the Texas Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov #2502009#TX
  • The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE
  • This activity meets continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • CIAO is a Rule Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Approved for:
  • 6.5 Hrs. ATs (BOC Category A hours/CEUs)
  • 6.5 Hrs. PT/PTAs in IL,, TX(APTA TX #2502009, 6.5 CCUs)
  • 6.5 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for OT/COTAs in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN
  • 7.0 Hrs. PT/PTAs and OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-532564)
  • 7.8 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT,
  • PT/PTAs in NE, NH, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • OT/COTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, ID, IA, IN, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT,
  • OT/COTAs in NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY

  • CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)

    CIAO Automatically reports to CE Broker for Florida Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants. Florida SLPs can either use the ASHA CE Participant Form (Bubble Sheet) or self-submit through CE Broker.

    CIAO is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers.