Week 1
Physiotherapy Toolkit (modalities)

  • Electrotherapies
  • Therapeutic hot/cold packs
  • Manual therapies
  • Applied exercise therapies

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and application of electrotherapy including:
    • K-laser
    • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
    • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)
    • Pulsed magnetic therapy (Biomag)
    • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Understand the use of therapeutic hot/ cold packs
  • Understand manual therapy and its application including:
    • Massage
    • Effleurage
    • Coupage
    • Joint mobilisations
    • Graded stretches
  • Understand applied exercise therapy including:
    • Strengthening and stabilising exercises
    • Balance and proprioceptive exercises
    • Functional exercises
    • Hydrotherapy

Week 2
Patient Assessment

  • Musculoskeletal patient assessment
  • Neurological patient assessment
  • Respiratory / critical care patient assessment

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Carry out a basic musculoskeletal, neurological, and respiratory physiotherapy assessment
  • Understand valid outcome measures to guide patient treatment
  • How to write SOAP (subjective, objective, analysis, plan) notes to progress patient treatment

Week 3
Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques

  • Early phase rehabilitation 0-2 weeks
  • Mid phase rehabilitation 2-6 weeks
  • Late phase rehabilitation 6-12 weeks
  • Patient discharge or maintenance physiotherapy programme

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Carry out early physiotherapy treatment including:
    • Early manual therapy techniques
    • Early phase hot and cold pack treatment
    • Early electrotherapies to improve healing, for pain relief
    • Mid phase gentle exercise programmes including hydrotherapy
    • Late phase exercise therapy to include advanced strengthening, proprioceptive, balance and
      functional exercises
    • ¬†Late phase electrotherapies for pain relief, soft tissue injuries, muscle strengthening

Week 4
Physiotherapy Progression Plans and Home Exercise Programmes

  • Patient rehabilitation plans
  • Discharge and maintenance programmes
  • Home exercise plans

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Learn how and when to progress patient plans from early to mid through to late-stage rehabilitation to optimise patient outcomes.
  • Understand when to discharge a patient, or to continue with a maintenance programme for chronic cases or surgical complications.
  • Design home exercise programmes for owners to carry out.

Week 5
Musculoskeletal Case Studies

  • CCL reconstruction - TPLO or lateral suture
  • Soft tissue injuries (tendinopathies, iliopsoas strains)
  • Fracture repair
  • Conservative management of chronic conditions, including hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a musculoskeletal case study
  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a soft tissue case study
  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a fracture repair case study
  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a chronic condition case study

Week 6
Neurological and Respiratory (Intensive Care) Case Studies

  • Hemi- laminectomy (HLE)
  • Fibrocartilage embolism (FCE)
  • Pneumonia

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a surgical neurological case study
  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a non-surgical case study
  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a respiratory (critical care) case study

 

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