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Evidence Based Clinical Integration of Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation and Ultrasound

December 7, 2013
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Course description

In recent years secondary payers have increasingly questioned rehabilitation professionals’ use of therapeutic modalities, especially in the efficacy of their use and reimbursement for these services.  Referring physicians routinely request modalities based on antiquated “cook-book” protocols, often ordering modalities shown to be ineffective and/or contraindicated based on current literature.  Electrical stimulation for muscle strengthening and re-education, pain relief, medication delivery, and edema management has an excellent base of evidence.  When properly applied, electrical stimulation can be an excellent tool as part of a comprehensive plan of care.

This clinically relevant full day seminar will expand the practitioner’s knowledge of the basic physics and physiology concepts that govern the use electrical stimulation.  Current literature both supporting and refuting the effects of electrical stimulation form the basis for this evidence based course.  Application protocols for the application of electrical stimulation as they relate to specific pathologies will be discussed.  Participants will return to practice with increased confidence in choosing the most appropriate electrical stimulation modality for a given pathology, and be able to defend their choice to patients, physicians, and secondary payers.

Course Objectives

    1. Perform a gross assessment of the resistance of  the skin and electrodes
    2. Perform an electrotherapy treatment for muscle stimulation, pain relief, iontophoresis, and edema control.
    3. Perform an ultrasound and phonophoresis treatment.


Course Outline


Course Schedule

8:00 – 11:00 AM Electrotherapy Basics, physics, and physiology
11:00 – 12:00

Electrotherapy for neuromuscular re-education, spasticity control, functional stimulation: evidence and applications

12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 PM NMES with LAB
2:00 - 2:30 PM Ultrasound, phonophoresis, with LAB
2:30 - 3:30 PM Electrotherapy for edema control: evidence and applications and LAB
3:30 - 4:30 PM Electrotherapy for pain relief: evidence and applications and LAB


Continuing Education Credit

Approved for 7 CEU’s through WPTA # 15208.


Andrew StarskyAndrew Starsky BSEE, MPT, PhD obtained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University in 1992. He completed his Masters in Physical Therapy degree in 1998, and completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2007. He has been published in Physical Therapy, the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Andy is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at Marquette University, teaching courses in electrotherapy, physical modalities, evidence based practice, and biomechanics. He has been teaching biomechanics and electrotherapy for 14 years and has traveled extensively to lecture on this topic. Andy has received research grants from the National Institute of Health, the American Heart Association, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

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Registration: $200 ($150 MU Alumni, MU Clinical Instructors and WPTA members)

Marquette University reserves the right to cancel this seminar and will refund fee in full in such an event.

Marquette University reserves the right to cancel this seminar and will refund tuition in full in such an event.

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