Physiotherapy III

Course code PHTY2010Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Theoretical knowledge and technical skills related to electrical and physical agents commonly used in physiotherapy clinical management. The course includes the study of thermotherapy, cryotherapy, clinical use of ultrasound and electrotherapy.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
1. explain the physical basis, principles and physiological effects of thermotherapy, cryotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy as commonly applied in physiotherapy clinical practice;
2. discuss and apply effective treatment using basic thermotherapy, cryotherapy, ultrasound and electrotherapy interventions;
3. demonstrate safe and efficient application of basic commonly utilised electrical and physical agents;
4. evaluate the evidence of efficacy for basic thermotherapy, cryotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy interventions, and apply this knowledge to clinical decision making;
5. explain the physical basis, principles and physiological effects of deep heating therapies, infrared and light radiation therapies, and electrodiagnostic and biofeedback modalities in physiotherapy clinical practice;
6. discuss effective treatment using deep heating, infrared and light radiation interventions;
7. discuss and apply effective electrodiagnostic and biofeedback modalities;
8. demonstrate safe and efficient application of advanced electrical and physical agents used in physiotherapy practice;
9. evaluate the evidence of efficacy for deep heating, infrared and light radiation interventions, and apply this knowledge to clinical decision making;
10.evaluate the evidence of validity and reliability for electrodiagnostic and biofeedback modalities, and apply this knowledge to clinical decision making.
Content- physical principles of thermotherapy, cryotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy
- physiological basis and effects of commonly applied electrical and physical modalities
- indications for thermotherapy, cryotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy
- recommended treatment parameters for commonly applied electrical and physical modalities
- evidence for the efficacy of thermotherapy, cryotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy
- evidence for the validity and reliability of electrodiagnostic and biofeedback modalities and practice in their application
- dangers, precautions and contraindications for thermotherapy, cryotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy
- safe and efficient practical application of commonly applied thermotherapy, cryotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy interventions
- relevant codes of practice and legal requirements regarding the application of electrical and physical agents
- risk management in the application of electrical and physical agents, including safety of equipment and work environment
- paraffin wax, hot packs
- ice, cryocuff
- thermal and non-thermal ultrasound
- iontophoresis
- neuromuscular stimulation, interferential current and TENS
- clinical practice experience in applying basic physiotherapy skills effectively and safely, particularly generic intervention skills and oral, non-verbal and written communication skills, including record-keeping.
Replacing Course(s)None
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Practical
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Practical/viva examination*
*This assessment must be passed in order to pass the overall course PHTY2010
Other: (please specify)Written examination
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Practical: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)program.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of PHTY1020.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHTY2010