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Summer 2022

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PTA102 - Physical Therapy Interventions 2

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Acquires cognitive and psychomotor skills in orthopedics, therapeutic exercises, vital signs, infection control practices, traction, intermittent compression, ultrasound and hydrotherapy. Integrates knowledge of clinically relevant pathological conditions into treatment of orthopedic patients with co-morbidities. Prerequisites: BIO 152, PTA101, PTALB1 and PTA 106 each with a grade of `C' or higher. Corequisite: PTA LB2.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the proper application of a variety of protective measures (sterile techniques, universal precautions, isolation procedures).
2. Explain the methods of transmission and impact on health care of various diseases, such as HIV; Hepatitis A, B, and C; TB.
3. Assess and document correctly vital signs and associated healthcare data, such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, various arterial pulses, cyanosis, and absent or diminished sensation.
4. Describe how various factors affect vital signs (age, gender, physical activity, disease conditions).
5. Explain factors leading to the occurrence of pressure ulcers and their management.
6. Assess a patient's condition for characteristics of edema by applying anthropometric methods.
7. Engage in effective edema management techniques, which may include use of compression wraps, intermittent compression, patient education or body positioning.
8. Describe basic principles of wound care, which may include identification of viable tissue, abnormal integumentary changes, and wound measurement.
9. Discuss principles of sound propagation as they apply to the therapeutic use of ultrasound. (thermal vs. non-thermal, 3 Mhz vs. 1 Mhz, and penetration, reflection, absorption).
10. Conduct a safe and effective ultrasound treatment, incorporating patient feedback into the procedure.
11. Explain why aquatic physical therapy might be beneficial when used as an adjunct to therapeutic exercise in PT treatment.
12. Discuss the ways in which therapeutic exercise might be used in various domains of exercise (endurance, strength, range of motion, balance).
13. Design exercise programs that address balance, coordination, endurance, strength or range of motion deficits.
14. Review a variety of medical documents (therapy reports, medical records, lab values, and diagnostic tests) prior to implementing a physical therapy plan of care, using evidence-based resources to support clinical decision making.
15. Demonstrate proper technique in manual muscle testing.
16. Identify appropriate exercises based on a manual muscle test grade.
17. Identify the differences among acute, chronic and referred pain, and describe the various pain assessment tools which are available.
18. Discuss in writing the 3 phases of healing for connective tissue injuries.
19. Identify postural alignment deficiencies in standing and sitting while assessing a surrogate patient's posture.
20. Describe the three phases of tissue healing.
21. Describe common pathologies associated with appendicular and axial skeleton.
22. Demonstrate skill in mechanical traction of the cervical and lumbar spine.
23. Discuss the fundamental principles underlying the practice of peripheral joint mobilization, which may include the convex-concave rule, spin, roll and glide, distraction, types of mobilization, indications and contraindications.
24. Prepare a presentation addressing a current orthopedic topic utilizing health care literature.
25. Provide sound, physiological rationale for modification of treatment sessions to produce optimal results with orthopedic patients who have secondary diagnoses involving the metabolic, endocrine, gastrointestinal and multi-system involvement.

Effective Term: Fall 2019