39155 - Phyisiotherapy in Muscle Skeletal Desease (BO)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Physiotherapy (cod. 8476)

Learning outcomes

After completing this module the student will possess the knowledge and ability to understand about orthopedic diseases amenable to physioterapic treatment, identifying preventive and rehabilitative needs of the subject through the evaluation of clinical data.

Course contents


• definition

• the phases of the clinical reasoning: anamnesis with its clinical diagnosis made by the doctor, functional assessment, identification of therapeutic targets, planning rehabilitation intervention (project, program physiotherapy), revaluation.


For each district considered will be process:

Evaluation of impairment made through observation, inspection, palpation,

pain assessment by interview and administration of scale,

evaluation of edema,

evalutation of thermotouch through palpation of the affected area and comparison with the district against side

evaluation of the range of movement

evaluation of muscle strength,

evaluation of sensitivity (if necessary),

specific tests useful for functional differential diagnose,

specific assessment scales.

The evaluation of activity and their limitations; disability assessment through observation and application of appropriate scales

The evaluation of disability

The evaluation of the contextual factors: environment and people (potential facilitators or barriers to achieving autonomy)

Identification of therapeutic targets

- Strategies physiotherapy to the achievement of the objectives

Physiotherapy treatment in the main pathologies of rehabilitation interest (outcomes of fracture, trauma, diseases of different origin).


S. Hoppenfield - L'esame obiettivo in ortopedia - Ed. Aulo Gaggi

Coppola L, Masiero S, Riabilitazione in Ortopedia, 2005 Piccin, Padova

Mancini A, Morlacchi C, Clinica Ortopedica, 2003 Piccin, Padova

Fusco A, Foglia A, Musarra F, Testa M, La Spalla nello Sportivo, 2005, Masson Milano

Giannini S, Faldini C, Manuale di Ortopedia e Traumatologia, 2008, Edizioni Minerva Medica, Torino

Brent Brotzman S, Riabilitazione in ortopedia e traumatologia. Protocolli terapeutici, 2002, Utet, Torino

Brent Brotzman S, Manuale di Riabilitazione Ortopedica, 2008, Elsevier Masson, Milano

L.Coppola – S. Masiero “Riabilitazione in ortopedia” ed. PICCIN

Teaching methods

Lectures, case presentations, practices.

Assessment methods

Test with multiple-choice quiz (+ 1 question with open answer).

During the test is not allowed the use of support material such as handouts or notes.

Teaching tools

The material presented in class will be made available to the student in electronic format

Office hours

See the website of Maria Del Core


Good health and well-being Quality education Partnerships for the goals

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.