Physical agents in physiotherapy
Module: Physiotherapy
Contact hours – lectures: 40
Contact hours – seminar:  
Contact hours – clinical exercises: 15
Contact hours – clinical practice: 50
Holder of subject:  
Year of study: First
Physical agents in physiotherapy              

Contact hours – lectures: 40
Contact hours – seminar:  
Contact hours – clinical exercises: 15
Contact hours – clinical practice: 50
Holder of subject:  
Education providers:  
Level of study: First Bologna cycle professional education study program
Semester: Winter
Language: Slovene/English
Subject-specific competences:
  • Terminology and basic terms in connection to different physical agens
  • Work protection at device application and physical agens;
  • Indications, contraindications and precautions at development factor application;
  • Electrotherapy (basics of electro diagnostics of nerve-muscular system, functional electrostimulation, pain-relief stimulation, different forms of electric currents); 
  • Thermotherapy (cooling, surface warming, deep tissue warming);
  • Phototherapy (UV rays, laser);
  • Hydrotherapy (dynamics and static use of water, bath);
  • Magneto-therapy;
  • Mechanotheraphy (traction);
  • Climatotherapy and balneotherapy;
  • Modern technologies at physiotherapy (deep shock waves, 'tecar' therapy, high-energy laser, high-energy magnet). 

Objectives and competences:
  • Correct use of physical agens as a mean of therapeutic process;
  • Dosing of each treatment and the determination of the frequency of use of physical agens;
  • Verification of condition before and after the therapy;
  • Evaluation of effectiveness of  therapy with physical agens;
  • To know physiological and therapeutic effects of different physical agens to the human organism and individual tissue:
  • To know the risk and safety precautions by  physical agens usage;
  • To know indications and contraindications and safety precautions for the use of physical agens. 

Knowledge and understanding:
  • To understand the effects of physical energy to healthy and pathologically changed tissue;
  • The ability to choose the proper physical agens for patient treatment.
  • The ability to proper dosing of o physical agens;
  • To be able to determine the frequency of therapy with physical agens;
  • To be able to evaluate the effect of therapy with physical agens
Mandatory references:
  • Behrens, B.J. & Beinert, H., 2014. Physical Agents Theory and Practice. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company.
  • Bélanger, A., 2002. Evidence-based Guide to Therapeutic Physical Agents. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Cameron, M.H., 2013. Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: From Research to Practice. St. Louis: Elsevier Health Sciences. 
  • Ustrezni znanstveni članki iz znanstvenih revij (po dogovoru z nosilcem oz. posameznimi izvajalci)
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Study obligations: 50% obligatory attendance at lectures
100% obligatory attendance at seminars
submitted and presented seminar work
Assessment methods: parctical exam (40%)
written examination (60%)