Teaching period

6th semester


Learning outcomes

  • Comprehension of the basic methods of clinical evaluation and rehabilitation for various musculoskeletal diseases,
  • Comprehension of the evaluation and decision making thinking for the appropriate therapeutic approach,
  • Verbal presentation skills development on some units,
  • Discussions of scientific articles related to the subject.


Teaching method

  • Classic theoretical presentations,
  • Project presentations by the students,
  • Discussions with student groups assigned with a subject briefing,
  • Analysis of scientific articles.


Week by week schedule

The theoretical part of Clinical Practice II is summarised in 30 teaching hours, organised in 15 2-hour sessions, in which student attendance is essential.


Week Unit


Evaluation of the Orthopaedic Patient


Hip/Knee Arthroplasty, Possible Complications, Evaluation - Rehabilitation


Shoulder Arthroplasty


Mechanism of Pain - Healing Stages


Fractures of the Upper Limbs - Possible Surgical Rehabilitation (Internal/External Osteosynthesis) - Physiotherapeutic Treatment


Fractures of the Lower Limbs - Possible Surgical Rehabilitation - Physiotherapeutic Treatment


Fractures of the Spine and Pelvis - Conservative/Surgical Treatment - Physiotherapeutic Treatment


Interpretation - Significance of Lab Tests for an Orthopaedic Patient's Physiotherapist


Rheumatisms - Metabolic Diseases of the Bones - Physiotherapeutic Approach


Painful Syndromes of the Spine


Osphyalgia - Differential Evaluation - Clinical Management


Injuries of Peripheral Nerves - Pathomechanics/Pathophysiology


Musclular, Capsuloligament and Tendon Injuries


Sacroiliac Joint


Principles of Functional Static/Dynamic Stabilization


Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Birch R., et al (1986) Peripheral Nerve Injuries. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 68B, 2-8
  2. Boyling JD Palastanga N (1994) Grieves Modern Manual Therapy
  3. Braddorm R.L. (2002) Practical Guide to Musculoskeletal Disorders: Diagnosis and Rehabilitation. Butterworth – Heinmann
  4. Bandy W. & Irion J. (1997) The Effect of Time and Frequency of Static Stretching on Flexibility of the Hamstring Muscles. Physical Therapy vol 77 no 10 1090-1096
  5. Brotzman, Brent Wilk Kevin E. (2003) Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation S; Managing Editor, Kay Daugherty
  6. Bruce J. (1997) The Puzzle of Stretching for Sport, Physiotherapy in Sport vol: XX no:2: 14-15
  7. Butler DS (2000) The Sensitive Nervous System, Australia
  8. Frampton V. (1984) Management of Brachial Plexus Lesions. Physiotherapy, 70, 388-392
  9. Frampton V. (1986) Problems in Managing Reconstructive Surgery for Brachial Plexus Lesions Contrasted with Peripheral Nerve Lesions. The Journal of Hard Therapy, 11-B, 3-9
  10. Frampton V. (1996) Management of Pain in Brachial Plexus Lesions. The Journal of Hand Therapy, 339-343
  11. Jones Rivett (2004) Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapists, Butterworth – Heinmann
  12. Hunter G. (2000) The Conservative Management of Achilles Tendinopathy, Physical Therapy in Sport 1, 6-14
  13. Magee DJ (2002) Orthopaedic Physical Assessment, Saunders
  14. Refshaugee KM, Gass EM (2004) Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinical Science and Evidence Based Practice
  15. Sudderland S. (1951) A Classification of Peripheral Nerve Injuries, Producing Loss of Function, Brain, 74, 491-516


In Greek

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



Clinical Practice II theoretical assessment 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 10 ECTS credits.

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