Teaching period

7th semester


Learning outcomes

  • Comprehension of the basic methods of physiotherapy assessment (clinical and laboratory) and skills development in using them,
  • Skills development in applying the appropriate methods of assessment for a wide range of pathological situations.


Teaching method

  • A short introduction to each individual lab session,
  • Demonstration of the required techniques for assessment,
  • Application of these techniques among the students,
  • Discussions in order to solve any possible problem or difficulty.


Week by week schedule

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




Methods of Review and Observation and their Significance in Physiotherapy Assessment


Methods and Techniques of Palpation


Gait Assessment


Range of Motion (ROM) Assessment


Muscle Power - Endurance Assessment


Proprioception and Neuromuscular Coordination Assessment


Nervous System Assessment


Cardiopneumatic System Assessment


Spine Assessment


Shoulder Girdle Physiotherapy Assessment


Elbow Joint Physiotherapy Assessment


Wrist and Hand Joints Physiotherapy Assessment


Hip Physiotherapy Assessment


Knee Joint Physiotherapy Assessment


Ankle Perarticulation and Foot Physiotherapy Assessment


Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Hooker D.N. (2001) Evaluation of the Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint: What, why and how? Paper presented at the National Convention, Los Angeles
  2. Hodges P.W. (2002) Science in Stability: Clinical Application to Assessment and Treatment of Segmental Spinal Stabilization for Low Back Pain. Course handbook and course notes, 29 September, Northeast seminars, Durham N.C.
  3. Cameron M.H. (2007). Physical Rehabilitation - Evidence-Based Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention. Saunders.
  4. Cleland J. (2005). Orthopaedic Clinical Examination - An Evidence Based Approach for Physical Therapists Saunders.
  5. Cyriax J. (2003). “Orthopaedic Medicine. Part I: Clinical examination and diagnosis”.  OPTP, USA.
  6. Dutton M. (2004). Orthopaedic Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention (Hardcover) McGraw-Hill Medical.
  7. Goodman C. C. (2007).          Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists, 4th Edition - Screening for Referral Saunders.
  8. Kisner C., Colby L. (2002). “Therapeutic Exercise Foundations and Techniques”, FA Davis.
  9. Lephart S, Fu F. (2000). “Proprioception and neuromuscular control in joint stability”. Human Kinetics.
  10. Melzack R & Wall P. (2006). “Textbook of pain”. 5th edition. Churchill Livingstone.


In Greek

  1. Daniels  L. (2000). Worthingham S. Έλεγχος Μυϊκής Λειτουργικής Ικανότητας. Παρισιάνου (Control of Muscle Functional Ability)
  2. Hoppenfield S (1993). Φυσική εξέταση της σπονδυλικής στήλης και των άκρων. Παρισιάνου (Normal Examination of the Spine and Limbs)
  3. Hoppenfeld S (2000). Ορθοπεδική Νευρολογία. Αθήνα, Μαρία Γρ. Παρισιάνου (Orthopaedic Neurology)
  4. Vaccaro A. (2006). Κλινική Εξέταση της Σπονδυλικής Στήλης.         Πασχαλίδης (Clinical Examination of the Spine)



Assessment in Physiotherapy lab assessment 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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