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An Evidence-Based Discussion of Therapeutic Ultrasound - PT25

An Evidence-Based Discussion of Therapeutic Ultrasound

by Paul Higgins, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
(4.3 / 2368 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
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Ultrasound is one of the most commonly used modalities in clinical practice. It has been suggested that ultrasound can produce biophysical effects, which can be defined as cellular functions that are enhanced or catalyzed by ultrasound application. The biophysical effects are the result of sound wave energy being converted to a source of superficial or deep heat to healing tissues. Common clinical uses of therapeutic ultrasound include pain control, tissue extensibility, wound healing, fracture repair, enhanced tendon and ligament healing, and resorption of calcium deposits.


The goal of this therapeutic ultrasound continuing education program is to provide physical therapists with an evidence-based review of the application of ultrasound as a therapeutic modality and explain the implications of use during physical therapy interventions. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the application of ultrasound and propose a use of the modality for successful musculoskeletal injury intervention
  • Describe ultrasound parameters specific to the treatment goal of increasing tissue temperature
  • Provide a review of the current literature regarding the effectiveness of ultrasound application on musculoskeletal injuries

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S0858 from 06/06/11 to 06/06/12, 12S1149 for 06/07/12 to 06/07/13, 13S0963 for 06/08/13 to 06/08/14; 14S1218 for 06/09/14 to 06/09/15; 15S1144 for 06/11/15 to 06/11/16; 16S1793 for 06/12/16 to 06/12/17; 17S5443 for 06/13/17 to 06/13/18).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE110017186 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120017202 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019715 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021546 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE140021546 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023699 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27043 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE18-538476 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 3757 for 05/23/11 to 05/22/12, 4371 for 05/23/12 to 05/22/13, 4975 for 05/23/13 to 05/22/14; 5703 for 05/23/14 to 05/22/15; 6161 for 05/23/15 to 05/22/16; 2016-176 for 05/23/16 to 05/22/17; 2017-221 for 5/23/17 to 5/22/18).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002291 for 06/21/11 to 12/31/12; PTCE004235 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007024 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009942 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 975-2010 for 06/06/11 to 01/31/12; 133-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 185-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-366 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 04/28/11 to 04/28/15; 03/16/15 to 03/16/19
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/26/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-3824 for 06/01/11 to 06/01/12, 437-4348 for 06/01/12 to 06/01/13; 437-4790 for 06/01/13 to 06/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 6/6/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/4/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2021


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Jennifer B - La Porte, TX  ·  Nov 16, 2018
good review from PT school!
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Jacob B - Radford, VA  ·  Nov 14, 2018
Great information. Well organized
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JASON A - new ringgold, PA  ·  Nov 13, 2018
good course for a pt to take
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Kevin A - Austin, TX  ·  Nov 08, 2018
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Shannon A - Philadelphia , PA  ·  Oct 12, 2018
Not sure that this is 100% up to date. I thought APTA stance was that modalities were not evidence based. This sorta says, there isn't good evidence but the research wasn't conducted well.
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