39155 - Phyisiotherapy in Muscle Skeletal Desease (CE)

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  • Teacher Silvia Tombetti

  • Credits 2

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Physiotherapy (cod. 8476)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


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

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

Academic Year 2021/2022

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

Ferrari S, Pillastrini P, testa M, Vanti C, Riabilitazione post-chirurgica nel paziente ortopedico, 2010, Elsevier Masson, Milano

C. Carubelli, C. Meinecke “Riabilitazione ortopedica” ed. EDI ERMES

S. Brent Brotzman “Riabilitazione in ortopedia e traumatologia” ed. UTET

N.Petty, A. P. Moore “Esame clinico e valutazione nuromuscoloscheletrica”. Ed. MASSON

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

Teaching methods

Lectures, case presentations, research in small groups with plenary discussions.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral interview, designed to assess the knowledge and skills acquired by the student, who will be also proposed a simulated clinical case with respect to which will have to show, using clinical reasoning:

  • able to set up a hypothesis of physiotherapic assessment and diagnosis
  • know a set of hypotheses treatment plan
Will be particularly assessed the student's ability to be able to move within the bibliographic sources and skills acquired in order to find in them the information that will enable them to deal in a comprehensive way the aspects and areas of the discipline, as well as mastery of a specific language

Teaching tools

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

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Tombetti