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Thermal Therapy - Heat and Cold

Course: #1640Level: Advanced2 Hours 1343 Reviews

Thermal modalities, including superficial heat and cold, have been used extensively by therapists for a number of years to treat a variety of conditions. This course will examine the true physics of these modalities as well as their physiological effects. The course will use an evidence based lecture format with focus on applications of these modalities. By the end of the course, attendees will have a strong grasp on the appropriate use and true effects of these electrophysical agents.

Please note: This course is also offered in a series of recordings titled "Series on Modalities: Thermal Therapy and Ultrasound", course 1798 which is offered for AOTA/0.4 and NBCOT/5.0.

This course is part of the “Hand and Upper Extremity Review Series.”

This course is also part of our Hand Therapy Review Series. This content would fall under the "Upper Extremity Fundamentals" topic area for the CHT examination.

Course created on August 26, 2013

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Course Type: Video, Audio

CEUs/Hours Offered: AOTA/0.2 Advanced, Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process - Intervention; CE Broker/2.0 Home Study, General (FL), Patient Related (AL), General Continuing Education (GA), Direct Client/patient Services In Occupational Therapy (SC), CE Broker #20-408267; NBCOT PDUs/2.5 Advanced

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkDescribe and define the physical principles of thermal and cryotherapy
  • checkmarkList the indications and contraindications of thermal and cryotherapy
  • checkmarkSelect the appropriate agent for acute and chronic injuries
  • checkmarkDescribe and define the physiological effects of thermal and cryotherapy


0-20 Minutes Physiology of cryotherapy
20-40 Minutes Physiology of thermal therapy
40-60 Minutes Indications and contraindications of cryotherapy
60-80 Minutes Indications and contraindications of thermal therapy
80-100 Minutes Appropriate applications of thermal and cryotherapy
100-115 Minutes Evidence base of thermal and cryotherapy
115-120 Minutes Questions and Answers


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Presenter Disclosure: This presenter received an honorarium for presenting this course.

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by OccupationalTherapy.com.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

Course participation information

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Review Technical Requirements

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Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit.

Live Webinars allow presenter and participant interaction. The exam and course evaluation for these courses must be completed within 7 days of the event.

On-demand courses include texts, video and audio recordings of live webinars, and multimedia formats. The exam and course evaluation for on-demand courses must be completed within 30 days of course registration.

To participate in the course, complete the exam, and earn continuing education credit, you must be a OccupationalTherapy.com member. Participants must complete the entire course; partial credit is not allowed.

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American Occupational Therapy Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

OccupationalTherapy.com is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development, #7659. This distance learning - independent course is offered at 0.2 CEUs (Advanced level, Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process - Intervention Area). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

CE Broker

CE Broker

OccupationalTherapy.com is an approved provider for CE Broker, provider #50-14558. This course is offered for 2.0 hours, Home Study, General (FL), Patient Related (AL), General Continuing Education (GA), Direct client/patient services in occupational therapy (SC) category/categories. If you are an OT/OTA in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, or South Carolina, CE Broker may be of interest to you.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

OccupationalTherapy.com is a NBCOT® Professional Development Provider. This course is offered for 2.5 NBCOT PDUs (Advanced level, unknown Area). NBCOT® is a registered trademark of The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.