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Summer 2022

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PTA203 - Physical Therapy Interventions 3

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Explores principles of pain control, electrically induced exercise and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Develops treatment skills in clinical electrotherapy, ultrasound, ultraviolet radiation, chest physical therapy, and cardiac rehabilitation. Integrates knowledge of clinically relevant pathological conditions into treatment of cardiopulmonary patients with co-morbidities. Prerequisites: PTA102, PTALB2 and BIO 153 with grade of "C" or higher.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Explain concepts (physiological effects, indications and contraindications) required for effective implementation of various biophysical agents, which could include biofeedback, electrotherapy or light therapy.
2. Implement effective biophysical agent treatments, which could include biofeedback, electrotherapy or light therapy.
3. Administer standardized questionnaires, graphs, behavioral scales or visual analog scales to classify pain.
4. Perform accurate testing for absent or altered skin sensation.
5. Identify conditions, such as specific activities and postures, that can produce altered sensations or skin trauma.
6. Differentiate normal versus abnormal integumentary changes on colored slides/pictures.
7. Measure chest wall excursion accurately during vital capacity.
8. Identify correctly various breathing patterns based on observation of thoracoabdominal movements.
9. Perform pulmonary assessment techniques, such as describing cough and sputum characteristics.
10. Perform pulmonary rehabilitation skills, which could also include patient education in breathing and coughing techniques.
11. Perform various lung hygiene techniques, such as postural drainage and percussion procedures using a tilt table.
12. Develop a fitness plan based on an individual's current level of physical fitness (aerobic conditioning, % body fat, flexibility, strength) to teach the individual how to improve his/her level of fitness.
13. Provide individuals with effective support skills associated with the phases of cardiac rehabilitation, which must minimally include safety considerations during therapeutic exercise programs.
14. Adjust physical therapy interventions within the plan of care in response to changes in the patient's status, using professional resources to support clinical decisions.
15. Describe the physiological rationale for modification of treatment to produce optimal results with cardiopulmonary patients who have comorbidities involving the metabolic, endocrine and gastrointestinal systems.




Effective Term: Fall 2019