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Licensing Exam Questions for Cryotherapy

Quiz by Kevin Beaugh

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  • Q1
    A PTA routinely places ice on the ankle of a patient with an acute ankle sprain. Ice application has many therapeutic benefits. Which of the following is the body’s first response to application of ice?
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    Decreased nerve conduction velocity
    Decreased local sensitivity
    All occur simultaneously
    Vasoconstriction of local vessels
  • Q2
    A PTA is applying ice to a patient secondary to an ankle sprain. Of the following information, which would be incorrect to convey to the patient?
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    Muscle viscosity decreases during cryotherapy
    Muscle spindle activity decreases during cryotherapy
    Nerve conduction velocity decreases during cryotherapy
    Local metabolism decreases during cryotherapy
  • Q3
    A PTA is asked by the supervising physical therapist to treat a 12-year-old boy with a diagnosis of patella tendonitis. The supervising physical therapist has suggested eccentric quadriceps strengthening, hamstring stretching, ultrasound, and ice. Which of the suggested treatments should be avoided with this patient?
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    Eccentric quadriceps strengthening
    Hamstring stretching
  • Q4
    A PTA tests a small area of skin for hypersensitivity prior to using ice massage. The patient begins to demonstrate evidence of cold intolerance within 60 seconds after cold application. The MOST appropriate response is to :
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    Discontinue cold application and document the findings
    Limit cold exposure to ten minutes or less
    Continue with the ice massage treatment
    Select an alternate cryotherapeutic agent
  • Q5
    A PTA treats a patient rehabilitating from an Achilles tendon repair using cryotherapy. Which cryotherapeutic agent would provide the GREATEST magnitude of tissue cooling?
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    Fluori-methane spray
    Frozen gel pack
    Cold water bath
    Ice massage
  • Q6
    A patient diagnosed with infrapatellar tendonitis completes a series of functional activities. After completing the activities the PTA instructs the patient to use ice massage over the anterior surface of the knee. The MOST appropriate treatment time is :
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    15-20 minutes
    10-15 minutes
    5-10 minutes
    3-5 minutes
  • Q7
    A PTA treats a patient who sustained a right lateral ankle sprain less than six hours ago. The PTA contemplates the use of cold water immersion as a cryotherapeutic agent. What would be the PRIMARY limitation of this type of intervention?
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    The involved extremity cannot be elevated
    Excessive vasoconstriction of blood vessels
    Decreased nerve conduction velocity
    Decreased cell metabolism
  • Q8
    In comparing hot & cold pack treatment, which of the following statements is false?
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    Cold decreases spasm by decreasing sensitivity to muscle spindles, and heat decreases spasm by decreasing nerve conduction velocity
    Cold decreases the rate of oxygen uptake, and heat increases the rate of oxygen uptake
    Cold packs penetrate more deeply than hot packs
    Cold increases the viscosity of fluid, and heat decreases the viscosity of fluid

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