Clear-cut, complete, and current, this guide blends practical application with scientific rationale in the application of physical agents as therapeutic modality. Readers will become adept at appropriately and safely employing physical agents into a rehabilitation program. More than a simplistic how-to guide, this book will challenge its readers to think critically when mapping out the best treatment options with optimal use of agents such as traction, compression, thermal agents, electromagnetic radiation, hydrotherapy, ultrasound, and electrical currents. Examination of all the most current physical agents and techniques highlighted in The Guide to Physical Therapy Practice of the American Physical Therapy Association. New chapters on physical agents dealing with management of wounds and pelvic floor dysfunction. Case studies aimed at sharpening readers' clinical decision-making skills and illustrating techniques of applying physical agents. Emphasis on understanding the "why" and the "how" of smoothly integrating physical agents into a treatment program. Physical Therapy students and professionals.