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    Day One: Physical Agent Modalities for the Rehab Professional - Blue Track

    15 Hrs

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    Appropriate Disciplines


    • Physical Therapist
    • Physical Therapy Asst
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
    • Athletic Trainer

Course Description

Physical Agent Modalities (PAMs) is designed to educate occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in the use of electro-physical agents in the areas of electrical stimulation (pulsed, alternating, and direct current), and superficial and deep thermal agents.

This course is open to Athletic Trainers, OT/COTAs and PT/PTAs.

The biophysical principles of each physical agent will be presented. The physiologic effects, indications, precautions and contraindications will be emphasized, along with the best current practices. The appropriate selection and application of physical agents, based on the existing pathology, impairments, and functional limitations will be discussed, demonstrated, and performed by participants. Safe and effective parameter selection, dosing of intensity, and documentation of treatment will be emphasized during the lecture and laboratory portions of the course.

This course will prepare the participant in the theory of and clinical application of transcutaneus electrical stimulation (TENS), neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), functional electrical stimulation (FES), iontophoresis, phonophoresis, and continuous and pulsed therapeutic ultrasound. The course includes lectures, laboratory sessions and case studies.

The course length and content has been designed to meet the PAMs requirements of the specific states where it is offered. Please review the course Agenda below for any additional required content.

Please bring lab attire that allows for access to the shoulder (e.g. loose fitting t-shirt, tank top etc.)

Courses held in Illinois (IL) will cover 12 hours of Estim and 3 hours of Ultrasound as required by Section 1315.162 of the Illinois OT Practice Act. Click here for Illinois Agenda
Courses held in Maryland (MD) will NOT cover Superficial Agents. instead, Case Studies will be discussed during the final 60 minutes of day 2


PRICING: Group pricing may be established by submitting the number of registrations listed in the pricing drop down above. Employees of facilities that have established VitalStim groups may register at the same group level for PAMs. (Eg: HealthSouth is a Super Group for VitalStim so their employees may also register for this course at the Super Group rate listed above.)

AOTA Classification Codes
OT Process: Intervention
Domain of OT: Performance Skills, Client Factors

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the characteristics of commonly used waveforms
  • Select the most appropriate modality and parameter settings to trigger physiological responses
  • Inhibit pain using Gate Control Theory and by stimulating the release of Endorphins
  • Inhibit sympathetic nervous system tone
  • Facilitate and inhibit muscle recruitment
  • Select the appropriate protocol to strengthen muscle tissue
  • Discuss terminology and principles related to the application of ultrasound
  • Discuss indications and contraindications of thermal agents, therapeutic ultrasound, and electrical stimulation
  • Identify common myths and errors in parameter selection and application of ultrasound therapy
  • Discuss clinically relevant research that will guide participants in selecting parameters of treatment that yield more predictable thermal and non-thermal responses in human tissue
  • Select dosage for therapeutic ultrasound based on tissue healing stages and desired therapeutic outcome.
  • Describe and apply surface biofeedback (sEMG)

Joe Gallo

DSc, ATC, PT

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.

Day 1

12:00 - 12:01
**Courses held in IL have a different Agenda - Click the Course Description tab to find "Illinois Agenda" link
08:00 - 08:15
Course Introduction - Review of electro-physical agents
08:15 - 10:00
Electrotherapy: History, types, concepts, waveforms
10:00 - 10:15
Break
10:15 - 12:00
Electrotherapy: Indications
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch (on your own)
01:00 - 02:00
Electrotherapy: Procedures, Clinical Applications, Physiological Effects
02:00 - 03:00
Electrotherapy: Precautions, contraindications, patient education, examples, rationale, research
03:00 - 03:15
Break
03:15 - 05:30
Electrotherapy Lab (Procedures - parameters, placement, dosing, protocols, and case studies)

Day 2

08:00 - 10:00
Ultrasound: History, terminology, indications, physiological effects
10:00 - 10:15
Break
10:15 - 11:15
Evidenced-based dosimetry of ultrasound for thermal, nonthermal, and phonophoresis treatments
11:15 - 12:00
Ultrasound: Precautions, contraindications, safety, patient education
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch (on your own)
01:00 - 02:15
Ultrasound Lab: Procedures, parameters, placement, dosing, protocols
02:15 - 02:30
Break
02:30 - 03:30
Iontophoresis
03:30 - 04:30
Superficial Thermal Agents: History, principles of energy transfer, safety, indications, physiological effects, contraind
03:30 - 04:30
MD- Electrotherapy and Ultrasound Case Studies

Delivery VIA:

  • Live By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • CEUs: 1.5 (15 hours)
  • CIAO is a BOC Approved Provider #P2881 (ATs)
  • This program is eligible for a maximum of 15 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #AAWA (OT/COTAs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (18.7 PDUs Clinical Lab Assessment)
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov. #1602009
  • This activity meets the continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • Pre Approved for:
  • 15 Hrs PT/PTAs in IL, MD, TX(15 CCUs)
  • 18 Hrs PT/PTAs in NY
  • 18 Hrs OT/COTAs in FL (CEBroker #20-363423)

Course meets requirements for:

  • This course meets OT Physical Agent Modalities didactic training requirements in:
  • - FL, MA, MD, MN, ND, NM, NY, PA, WI, WV
  • Illinois OT/COTAs must attend a course held in IL (agenda breakdown is different)


  • The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.



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



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


    Reviews

    "Presenter was very knowledgeable and clear. Very dynamic. This course was very fun with lots of practical applications. I would recommend this course to others and will look for more courses from this presenter."

    - Chicago, IL / Jun 2013

    "enjoyed, learned what I came to the course for. Small group was great. "

    - Chicago, IL / Jun 2013

    "Good course, small class (size helps)"

    - Chicago, IL / Jun 2013

    "Joseph was one of the best teachers I have ever had. he made some pretty complicated and possibly dry information very interesting/applicable int he clinic. Excellent speaker."

    - Chicago, IL / Jun 2013

    "It may be helpful to include more updated literature references in presentation."

    - Chicago, IL / Jun 2013

    "Everything was great! I really enjoyed this course! Dr. Gallo really presented and taught the course well!"

    - Chicago, IL / Jun 2013

    "Awesome instructor, very knowledgeable and great class size."

    - Chicago, IL / Jun 2013

    "Excellent presentation, very organized, followed agenda and handout lecture, very patient and knowledgeable. "

    - Chicago, IL / Jun 2013

    "I was looking forward to learning the information but not looking forward to sitting in class for 2 days. Joes presentation maintained my attention for 2 days, made PAM an interactive experience, and delivered the information in a manner that was very easy to comprehend for the most part."

    - Baltimore, MD / Oct 2012