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Therapeutic Modalities 210 – Lasers and Lights and Ultraviolet Light

Course Description

Course Description: Therapeutic Modalities 210 is designed for the clinician working with laser and lights and ultraviolet therapy. This lesson introduces the application of electromagnetic radiation in rehabilitation and provides specific information about the therapeutic use of lasers and light therapy. This lesson will review important terminology along with the physiological effects of using light and lasers. Clinical indications as well as contraindications and precautions will be covered. Application techniques including parameters of use, and dose-response assessment will also be reviewed. Critical information to be included in notes will be illustrated in documentation examples and clinical case studies will be used to highlight clinical application.


Source: Physical Agents in Rehabilitation from Research to Practice, 5th edition, by Michelle Cameron.

Source Description: With straightforward, in-depth coverage of the use of physical agents to improve patient outcomes, Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice, 5th Edition reflects how physical agents and modalities are being discussed in the classroom. This new edition brings the ideal balance of evidence and practical instruction to the learning and practice of physical agents in rehabilitation. Comprehensive coverage of all physical agents includes the mechanisms, clinical effects, and application techniques for thermal agents, ultrasound, electrical currents, electromagnetic radiation, hydrotherapy, traction, and compression. Plus, each chapter includes a scientific rationale and step-by-step instructions in the use of the agent(s), as well as up-to-date research support and new Find the Evidence tables.


Course length: 3 contact hour / 0.3 ceus

Course Outline

Hour #1

  • Introduction
    • Terminology
    • Electromagnetic Radiation, Lasers, and Light
  • Physiological Effects of Lasers and Light
    • Promote Adenosine Triphosphate Production
    • Promote Collagen Production
    • Modulate Inflammation
    • Inhibit Growth of Microorganisms
    • Promote Vasodilation
    • Alter Nerve Conduction Velocity and Regeneration
  • Clinical Indications for Lasers and Light
    • Soft Tissue and Bone Healing
    • Arthritis
    • Lymphedema
    • Neurological Conditions
    • Pain Management

Hour #2

  • Contraindications and Precautions for Lasers and Light
    • Contraindications for Lasers and Light
    • Precautions for Lasers and Light
  • Adverse Effects of Lasers and Light
  • Application Technique
    • Parameters for the Use of Lasers and Light
  • Documentation
    • Examples
  • Clinical Case Studies
  • Physical Properties of Ultraviolet Radiation
  • Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation
    • Erythema Production
    • Tanning
    • Epidermal Hyperplasia
    • Vitamin D Synthesis
    • Bactericidal Effects
    • Other Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation
  • Clinical Indications for Ultraviolet Radiation
    • Psoriasis

Hour #3

    • Wound Healing
  • Contraindications and Precautions for Ultraviolet Radiation
    • Contraindications for Ultraviolet Radiation
    • Precautions for Ultraviolet Radiation
  • Adverse Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation
    • Burning
    • Premature Aging of Skin
    • Carcinogenesis
    • Eye Damage
    • Adverse Effects of Psoralen With Ultraviolet A
  • Application Techniques
    • Dose-Response Assessment
    • Dosimetry for the Treatment of Psoriasis With Ultraviolet Radiation
  • Documentation
  • Example
  • Ultraviolet Lamps
    • Selecting a Lamp
    • Lamp Maintenance
  • Clinical Case Study

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