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

  • Lectures by the teaching professor,
  • Clinical case study discussions.


Week by week schedule

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


Week Unit


Introduction/Classification of Musculoskeletal Diseases


Basic Principles in the Evaluation of the Musculoskeletal System I


Basic Principles in the Evaluation of the Musculoskeletal System II


Diseases of the Lumbar Spine I


Diseases of the Lumbar Spine II


Diseases of the Thoracic Spine


Diseases of the Cervical Spine


Hip Diseases


Knee Diseases


Ankle/Foot Diseases


Diseases in the Shoulder Joint Complex


Diseases in the Elbow, Wrist and Hand


Musculoskeletal Diseases in Specific Patient Groups




Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Baldry P. (2005). Acupuncture, trigger points and musculoskeletal pain: a scientific approach to acupuncture for use by doctors and physiotherapists in the diagnosis and management of myofascial trigger point pain. Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh
  2. Boyling JD, Palastanga N (1994), (eds), Grieve’s Modern Manual Therapy, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, London
  3. Braddom R. L. (2002). Practical guide to musculoskeletal disorders: diagnosis and rehabilitation, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2nd ed. Boston
  4. Butler, DS, (2000). Τhe Sensitive Nervous System, Noigroup publications, Australia.
  5. Chaitow L. (2006), Muscle energy techniques. Churchill Livingstone /Elsevier, New York
  6. Clarkson H. M. (2006). Musculoskeletal assessment: joint range of motion and manual muscle strength. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia
  7. Cleland J. (2005). Orthopaedic clinical examination: an evidence-based approach for physical therapists. Icon Learning Systems, Carlstadt, N.J.
  8. Corrigan B, Maitland GD (1983), Practical Orthopaedic Medicine, Butterworth-Heinmann, Cambridge
  9. Corrigan B, Maitland, G. D. (1994). Musculoskeletal and sports injuries, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford
  10. Denegar C.R., Saliba E, Saliba S (2006). Therapeutic modalities for musculoskeletal injuries: athletic training education series. Human Kinetics, 2nd ed., United States


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)



Assessment of the theoretical part of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II 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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