Pain and weakness are two significant barriers that will limit a patient’s ability to participate in skilled rehabilitation. Therefore, knowledge and implementation of evidence-based electrotherapy to combat these impairments is critical to enable increased participation in rehab, achieving the best possible outcome. This one-day workshop is intended to provide clinicians with the most current in-depth information about the fundamentals of electrotherapy for pain management and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). The course materials and clinical protocols presented are evidence-based and oriented to immediate clinical application of therapeutic Electrical Stimulation. The hands-on lab provides active participation to reinforce concepts and techniques using electrotherapy applications for common treatment indications in physical rehabilitation. Participants will learn how to incorporate evidence-based electrotherapy protocols and establish appropriate and measurable goals to track progression of pain and/or strength and how it relates to improving overall function.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the expected rationale, application, use, and outcomes of treatment consistent with therapy goals within the framework of the PT/OT treatment plan using electrical stimulation (TENS, IFC, Russian, PENS) for pain management and NMES.
2. Identify the physical properties of, and the physiological responses to, electrical stimulation.
3. Demonstrate the correct application (including proper infection control procedures) for electrical stimulation
4. Develop and implement an interdisciplinary plan of care including electrical stimulation across the health care continuum
5. List the contraindications, warnings, and precautions for the use of electrical stimulation