Teaching period

7th semester


Learning outcomes

This subject has as target to make the students realize that physiotherapy is adjusted to the patient and not the opposite and the only way to achieve that is through physiotherapy assessment. With this method, it is possible to identify precisely the functional limitations and capability of the patient and define the treatment goals. Furthermore, it is a process that is repeated during the treatment, in order to assess the progress of the patient and the effectiveness of the program, as well as to make any corrective actions necessary. During the semester, students will have the opportunity to develop the skills and philosophy of physiotherapy assessment.


Teaching method

  • Power point presentations,
  • Discussions on clinical applications included in the curriculum.


Week by week schedule

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



Introduction to Physiotherapy Assessment. Basic Principles of S.O.A.P.


* Assessment of Functional Deficit, Functional Inefficiency and Disability


* Ranking Muscles in Phasic and Tonic


Pain Assessment: Characteristics of Pain, Association with Movements, Pain in Systaltic and Non-Systaltic Elements, Assessment Methods, Red Flag Findings


Movement Examination, Assessment of Movement Limitations, Causes of Hypomotility, Follicular Standard


Review, Key Points, Frequent Deviations from Normal, Palpation, Guide Points, Key Findings


Special Clinical and Functional Assessment Tests


Gait Assessment

* Normal Gait, Analysis of Individual Phases

* Characteristic Problems of Gait in Orthopaedic and Neurological Patients with Diseases of the Central of Peripheral Nervous System

* Lab Methods for Gait Assessment


Balance and Proprioception Assessment

* Static Dynamic Balance, Clinical and Lab Assessment

* Characteristic Problems of Balance in Orthopaedic and Neurological Patients with Diseases of the Central of Peripheral Nervous System

* Proprioceptive Parameters, Proprioceptive Function Methods of Assessment


Muscle Functional Capability Assessment: Clinical, Functional and Lab Tests


Neurological Diseases Assessment: Special Assessment of Mental Function of a Neurological Patient, Psychosomatic Effects, Rigidity, Spasticity


Assessment of Individual Anatomic Areas of the Human Body I: Upper Limbs


Assessment of Individual Anatomic Areas of the Human Body II: Lower Limbs


Assessment of Individual Anatomic Areas of the Human Body III: Spine


Special Issues of Physiotherapy Assessment: Special Approach for Athletes, the Elderly, Children


Validity and Reliability of the Assessment Methods




Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Evaluation of Orthopaedic and Athletic Injuries, 2nd Ed. C Starkey, FA Davies 2002
  2. Orthopaedic Physical Assessment by David J. Magee PhD BPT, Saunders 2007
  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 of the theoretical part of Assessment in Physiotherapy 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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