Teaching period

5th semester


Learning outcomes

  • Comprehension of the basic methods of rehabilitation for various injuries of the musculoskeletal system,
  • Comprehension of the evaluation, account, organisation and decision making thinking on the proper therapeutic approach,
  • Verbal presentation skills development on specific issues.


Teaching method

  • Theoretical element presentations on the units,
  • Presentations/demonstrations of the clinical methods of evaluation and rehabilitation,
  • Discussions by student groups assigned with a mini-project on lab issues on a clinical level


Week by week schedule

The lab part of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I is summarised in 30 teaching hours, organised in 15 2-hour sessions, in which student attendance is mandatory.




Introduction - Fundamental Principles of Rehabilitation for Injuries of the Musculoskeletal System


Ligament Injuries I: Ankle Strains


Ligament Injuries II: Ligament Injuries of the Knee


Muscular Strains Grade I


Muscular Strains Grade II


Tendinopathies I: Rupture of the Achilles Tendon


Tendinopathies II: Epicondylalgia


Fractures I


Fractures II


Dislocations – Subluxations I: of the Shoulder Girdle(grade I)


Dislocations – SubluxationsII: of the Patella(grade II)


Peripheral Nerves Injuries I


Peripheral Nerves Injuries II


Rehabilitation for Obstetric Paralysis


Rehabilitation for Torticollis


Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Boyling JD Palastagna N (1994) Grieves Modern Manual Therapy
  2. Braddorm R.L. (2002) Practical Guide to Musculoskeletal Disorders: Diagnosis and Rehabilitation, Butterworth – Heinmann
  3. Bruce J, (1997) The Puzzle of Stretching for Sport Physiotherapy in Sport vol: XX no:2: 14-15
  4. Butler DS (2000) The Sensitive Nervous System, Australia
  5. Jones Rivett (2004) Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapists, Butterworth – Heinmann
  6. Hunter G. (2000) The Conservative Management of Achilles Tendinopathy Physical Therapy in Sport 1, 6-14
  7. Voight M.L., Hoogenboom B.J. & Prentice W.E., (2006), Musculoskeletal Interventions: Techniques for Therapeutic Exercise (1st Ed.) McGraw Hill Medical
  8. Van der Wees P.J., Lenssen A.F., Hendriks E.J.M., Stomp D.J., Dekker J. & de Bie R.A., (2006), “Effectiveness of Exercise Therapy and Manual Mobilisation in Ankle Sprain and Functional Instability: A Systematic Review”, The Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 52(1), 27-37


In Greek

  1. Κοτζαηλίας Δ. (2008). Φυσικοθεραπείασεκακώσειςτουμυοσκελετικούσυστήματος, University Press (Physiotherapy in Injuries of the Musculoskeletal System)
  2. Λαμπίρης Η.Ε. (2003). Ορθοπεδική και Τραυματολογία. Ιατρικές Εκδόσεις Πασχαλίδη, Αθήνα (OrthopaedicsandTraumatology)
  3. Συμεωνίδης Π. Π. (1997). Ορθοπεδική: κακώσεις και παθήσεις του μυοσκελετικού συστήματος, 2η έκδ., UniversityStudioPress, Θεσσαλονίκη (Orthopaedics: InjuriesandDiseasesoftheMusculoskeletalSystem)
  4. Hoppenfeld S (2000). Ορθοπεδική Νευρολογία. (Μετάφραση Αγγλικής Έκδοσης), Εκδ. Παρισιάνου, Αθήνα (Orthopaedic Neurology)
  5. Kisner C, Colby LA. (2003) Θεραπευτικές Ασκήσεις. Βασικές Αρχές και Τεχνικές, (Μετάφραση Αγγλικής Έκδοσης), Ιατρικές Εκδόσεις Σιώκη, Θεσσαλονίκη (TherapeuticExercise. Foundations and Techniques)



Laboratory assessment of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I takes place on a daily basis with three more formal exam-type assessments which comprise of practical demonstration of techniques and methods from students. Except from the daily evaluation of students and the intermediate evaluation, a final examination takes place at the end of the semester. This examination is conducted by the teaching professors personally with the students divided in pairs, in order to recreate the skills they have obtained during the semester on each other. The final grade of the subject derives from the average of the theoretical and laboratory part and has to be 5 out of 10 or higher. Nevertheless, the students need to achieve 5 out of 10 for each of the parts to consider the subject passed. The examination’s duration is 15-30 minutes. After passing the theoretical and laboratory part, the students are awarded with 5 ECTS credits.

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