Physical Agent Modalities

Meets IDFPR Modalities Requirements

June 10 & 11, 2017

 Registration Fees: Members $385       Non-Members $550

 Group pricing available for 4 or more from the same organization.
Call 708-452-7640 for details

Class is full
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Course location information:

Memorial Hospital
4700 Memorial Drive
Belleville, IL 62226

Course Description: Incorporating thermal and electrical modalities as an adjunct to a treatment plan can enhance patient outcomes. This comprehensive course will emphasize the application and theory behind the use of both thermal and electrical modalities as they apply to a variety of patient diagnoses. The course will be based on current evidence and will develop critical thinking skills to enable practitioners to select and use thermal and electrical modalities as they apply to current practice. Topics covered are: principles and methods of application for a variety of superficial heat and cold modalities, Ultrasound, and Electrical modalities: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Iontophoresis, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), and High Volt Pulsed Stimulation, and Biofeedback. It will include evaluation principles, indications, precautions and contraindications, with a brief review of upper quarter anatomy pertaining to the use of physical agent modalities. Ethics, documentation and economics of physical agent modalities will be discussed. Through lecture, demonstration, considerable lab practice, and numerous case studies participants will be able to apply the information learned and skills practiced directly to their practice settings. This course will provide 15 hours of didactic training and laboratory experience necessary to meet the standards of the state of Illinois Occupational Therapy Practice Act. for use of physical agent modalities.

Course Instructors:

Dana Lingle MHS, OTR/L, CHT
has been an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University in the Occupational Therapy Program for the past 9 years. She teaches courses in physical agent modalities, OT evaluation and treatment, advanced upper extremity evaluation and treatment, basic and advanced splinting, work rehabilitation, health and wellness, and assists in the anatomy laboratory. She has been a practicing clinician for 24 years and a Certified Hand Therapist since 1996. Ms. Lingle has worked at Kleiser Therapy for the past 18 years. She is an active member of ASHT, AOTA, and IOTA. She presented at the 2006 WFOT Conference in Sydney, Australia.


Susanne Higgins MHS, OTR/L, CHT is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at Midwestern University in Downers Grove Illinois. She teaches courses in physical agent modalities, upper extremity rehabilitation, orthotics, kinesiology, and anatomy. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 1992 and a practicing clinician for over 25 years. She has presented continuing education courses on a many topics including orthotics, physical agent modalities, biomechanics, functional outcome measures, tennis elbow, peripheral nerve injuries and more. She is a member of the Education Division of the American Society of Hand Therapists.