28 Jun “Don’t use physical agent modalities (PAMs) without providing purposeful and occupation-based intervention activities.”
At the beginning of the month AOTA, in conjunction with Choosing Wisely, released a list of 5 things physicians and patients should question regarding occupational therapy interventions. Number 3 on the list was “Don’t use physical agent modalities (PAMs) without providing purposeful and occupation-based intervention activities.” (http://www.choosingwisely.org/societies/american-occupational-therapy-association-inc/). When specializing in upper extremity care, at times it’s difficult to incorporate occupation-based interventions in the presence of limitations such as orthopedic precautions (no AROM allowed), healing tissues (healing tendons, bones, or wounds), and/or clinic limitations (available supplies/ tools, length of treatment times). Our course Physical Agent Modalities for Occupational Therapy Practitioners addresses these limitations and will help you hone your skills providing effective use of PAMs as a preparation for engagement in occupational activities! Our next course takes place September 15 & 16 in Manchester, NH. Space is limited to ensure ample practice time and opportunities for individualized instruction – sign up today!