Teaching period

5th semester


Learning outcomes

The subject’s main purpose is for the students to develop an evaluating and decision making thinking for the appropriate therapy based on the scientific criteria depending on evidence and contraindications for all the basic musculoskeletal disorders. Also, a basic point is to clarify the need for progressive rehabilitation based on the improvement criteria from one stage to the next.


Teaching method

  • Power point presentations,
  • Interactive sessions on the clinical applications of each teached unit.


Week by week schedule

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




Introduction to Muscle, Tendon, Ligament and Bone Traumatism and Diseases


Fundamental Principles to Evaluate Muscle, Tendon, Ligament and Bone Injuries


Fundamental Principles of Tissue Collagen Healing: Inflammation, Reconstruction, Maturation Phases and Rehabilitation Principles


Ligament Injuries: Ligament Pathophysiology


Tendinous Injuries: Tendon Pathophysiology


Muscle Injuries: Muscle Tissue Pathophysiology


Dislocations - Subluxations: Synovial Follicle Pathophysiology


Fractures: Fracture Types, Fundamental Principles of Surgical Treatment, Physicotherapy's Targets for Postoperative or Conservative Treatment


Special Evaluation Tests for Upper Limb - Upper Trunk Traumatism


Special Evaluation Tests for Lower Limb - Lower Trunk Traumatism


Functional Exercise Principles for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation


Rehabilitation Protocols for Upper Limb - Upper Trunk Diseases


Rehabilitation Protocols for Lower Limb - Lower Trunk Diseases


Obstetric Paralysis - Torticollis




Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Pathology and Intervention in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Series) by David J. Magee PhD BPT, James E. Zachazewski DPT SCS ATC, and William S. Quillen. Saunders 2008
  2. Braddom R. L. (2002). Practicalguidetomusculoskeletaldisorders: diagnosisandrehabilitation.2nd ed. Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston.
  3. Cleland J. (2005). Orthopaedic clinical examination: an evidence-based approach for physical therapists. Icon Learning Systems, Carlstadt, N.J.
  4. Hertling D. (2006). Management of common musculoskeletal disorders: physical therapy principles and methods. 4thed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  5. Kesson M, Atkins E. (2005). Orthopaedic medicine: a practical approach. 2nd ed. Elsevier / Butterworth - Heinemann, Edinburgh.
  6. Kisner C., Colby L.A. (2007). Therapeutic Exercise. Foundations and Techniques. 5th Ed. F. A. Davis Company, Philadelphia.
  7. Magee D.J. (2002), Orthopaedic Physical Assessment. 4th Ed. W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia.
  8. Malanga G.A., Nadler S. (2006). Musculoskeletal physical examination: an evidence - based approach. Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia.
  9. Refshauge K.M., Gass E.M. (2004). Musculoskeletal physiotherapy: clinical science and evidence -based practice. 2nded. Butterworth-Heinemann, Edinburgh.
  10. Salter R.B. (1999). Textbook of disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. 3rd ed. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  11. Tidswell M E. (1998). Orthopaedic physiotherapy. Mosby, London.
  12. Voight L.M., Hoogenbo B.J. (2007). Musculoskeletal interventions: techniques for therapeutic exercise. McGraw-Hill, Medical, New York.
  13. Wiggins C.E. (2007). Α concise guide to orthopaedic and musculoskeletal impairment ratings. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.


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)



Assessment of the theoretical part of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I takes place in the end of the semester and has 2 examination periods. In case somebody fails in the 1st exam, they may take the 2nd. If they fail twice, they have to attend the module/subject again. The examination students take is consisted of open and closed type questions. 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 2 hours. After passing the theoretical and laboratory part, the students are awarded with 5 ECTS credits.

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