Course Description

Implementation of Therapeutic Modalities in Contemporary Physical Therapy Practice: An Evidence-Supported and Practical Clinical Approach

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to facilitate learning of fundamental principles associated with the use therapeutic modalities as they apply to the clinical practice of physical therapy. This will be accomplished via a series of self-directed learning modules designed to enhance clinical decision making which guides the appropriate use of therapeutic modalities as well as best-practice approaches for their utilization.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to do the following:

  • Discuss 4 of the physiological characteristics of human tissue injury related to the stages of the healing process.
  • Discuss 1 mechanism to reduce the perception of painful stimuli for each of the 7 therapeutic modalities covered in this course based on established theories of pain modulation.
  • For each of the 7 modalities covered in this course:
  • Discuss 2 of the associated biophysical properties and physiologic effects on target tissues.
  • Compare 3 rationales based on biophysical properties and physiological effects on target tissues.
  • Discuss 1 contraindication and or precaution with an alternative suggestion.
  • Cite 2 examples of current evidence that guide effective usage.
  • Justify using one of the therapeutic modalities in each of 3 assigned patient cases based on safety, appropriateness, practicality, and effectiveness.
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