Teaching period

6th semester


Learning outcomes

  • To introduce students to the most important and commonly encountered musculoskeletal problems such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint replacements, postural asymmetries, several musculoskeletal syndromes etc., their pathology, pathogenesis, clinical picture, diagnosis, therapy options (operative and conservative) and prognosis.
  • To introduce students to the assessment of the musculoskeletal system.
  • To present the most common and important therapeutic methods for the musculoskeletal problems encountered. Emphasis is given on various therapeutic exercise techniques.
  • To improve the student’s clinical reasoning skills in enabling them to apply the most appropriate intervention for each particular musculoskeletal dysfunction.


Teaching method

  • Clinical demonstrations by the tutors,
  • Clinical practice sessions in small groups.


Week by week schedule

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


Week Unit


Evaluation of Posture


Clinical Evaluation of Spinal Diseases


Basic Therapeutic Principles of Musculoskeletal Diseases - Postural Reeducation


1st Intermediate Clinical Evaluation


Physiotherapy of the Lumbar Spine I


Physiotherapy of the Lumbar Spine II


Physiotherapy of the Cervical Spine


Physiotherapy of the Thoracic Spine


Physiotherapy for Hip Musculoskeletal Diseases


2nd Intermediate Clinical Evaluation


Physiotherapy for Knee Diseases


Physiotherapy for Ankle/Foot Diseases


Physiotherapy for Diseases in the Shoulder Joint Complex


Physiotherapy for Diseases in the Elbow, Wrist, Hand


3rd Intermediate Clinical Evaluation


Selected Therapeutic Techniques




Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Grant R (1994), Physical Therapy of the Cervical and Thoracic Spine, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, New York
  2. Hertling D. (2006). Management of common musculoskeletal disorders: physical therapy principles and methods. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 4th ed. Philadelphia
  3. Jones M. A. Rivett, D. A. (2004). Clinical reasoning for manual therapists. Butterworth-Heinemann, Edinburgh
  4. Kesson M, Atkins E. (2005). Orthopaedic medicine: a practical approach, Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann, 2nd ed. Edinburgh
  5. Kisner C, Colby A (2002), Therapeutic Exercise. Foundations and Techniques, 4rth Edition, F.A. Davis, Philadelphia
  6. Lederman E (1997), Fundamentals of Manual Therapy. Physiology, Neurology & Psychology, Churchill Livingstone, London
  7. Liebenson C. (2007). Rehabilitation of the spine: a practitioner's manual. Lippincott, 2nd ed., Williams & Wilkins Philadelphia
  8. Magee DJ (2002), Orthopaedic Physical Assessment, 4rth Edition, W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia
  9. Makofsky H. W. (2003). Spinal manual therapy: an introduction to soft tissue mobilisation, spinal manipulation, therapeutic and home exercises, Slack, New Jersey
  10. Malanga G. A. Nadler S. (2006). Musculoskeletal physical examination: an evidence-based approach. Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia


In Greek

  1. Κοτζαηλίας Δ. (2008). Φυσικοθεραπείασεκακώσειςτουμυοσκελετικούσυστήματος, University Press (Physiotherapy in Injuries of the Musculoskeletal System)
  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)
  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 (TherapeuticExercise. Foundations and Techniques)



Lab assessment of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II 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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