AT THE END OF THIS TOPIC, STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Describe the DEFINITION of physical agents.
Understand the GENERAL EFFECTS of physical agents.
Describe the BASIC USES of physical agents.
Therapeutic Physical Agent:
A form of acoustic, aqueous, electrical, mechanical, thermal, or light energy applied to living tissues in a systematic manner to alter physiologic processes, in conjunction with or for therapeutic purposes.
a method of application of, or the employment of, any therapeutic agent; limited usually to physical agents
severe and sudden in onset
short duration, rapidly progressive, and in need of urgent care
less rapid change
indefinite duration or virtually no change