Principles of rehabilitation and physiotherapy

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
MED/34 MED/48
Learning objectives
The objectives of the course are:
- to define the concepts of disability and rehabilitation;
- to describe the origins and development of the profession of physiotherapist;
- to describe the organization of rehabilitation and the tools used in professional practice;
- to acquire a correct behavior within the rehabilitation and health structures in general;
- to describe the basic concepts of functional assessment and assessment scales;
- to list the main assessment scales used for monitoring the progress of the therapy or the appearance of side effects;
- to describe the concept of posture and postural passages and the main postures;
- to perform a functional evaluation of joints and muscles and of the nervous system in the normal individual;
- to list and characterize the energies used in physical therapy and describe their effects on the human organism;
- to define the operating principles of the most frequently used equipment in physical therapy and use them;
- to describe and know how to prevent potential damage to the organism resulting from the use of physical therapies.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course the student must be able:
- to recognize and evaluate the disability;
- to know the ways in which the physiotherapist can perform rehabilitation;
- to recognize postural alterations;
- to be able to perform a functional assessment of joints, muscles and nervous system in the normal individual;
- to know the biological effects of physical energies and the application methods of equipment commonly used in physical therapy;
- to know the potential damages of physical therapies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is required
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written test with multiple choice quizzes
Medicina fisica e riabilitativa
Course syllabus
Rehabilitation in Lombardy; rehabilitation setting and team; practical characteristics of rehabilitative medicine

- model of physical and rehabilitation medicine
- rehabilitation process
-rehabilitation medicine, differences with general medicine
-individual rehabilitation project
- individual rehabilitation program
- rehabilitation structures
- organization of the rehabilitation process
- rehabilitation team, involved figures
-definition of: aids, orthoses and prostheses.
Teaching methods
Frontal lesson
Teaching Resources
N. Basaglia " Progettare la riabilitazione- Il lavoro in team interprofessionale" Ediermes, 2002 IBSN:
8870512479 ISBN-13: 9788870512472

Slides lessons
Scienze infermieristiche e tecniche neuropsichiatriche e riabilitative
Course syllabus
Introduction to rehabilitation: educational content, Physiotherapist's Professional Profile, Ethics and Deontology in Physiotherapy),
Introduction to internship: concept of: aid, orthoses and prostheses. Introduction to observation. Exercises divided into groups on axes and motion planes.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons, guided-practice and work-group
Teaching Resources
Regolamento Didattici CdL fisioterapia
Linee guida A.I.FI.
Mariangela Ferrari: Il Codice Deontologico dei fisioterapisti, la responsabilità professionale nella relazione di cura - edizioni libreria Cortina Verona
Boccardi - Lissoni: Cinesiologia 1, 2, 3 - Società Editrice Universo
Pirola: Cinesiologia - Edi Ermes
Medicina fisica e riabilitativa
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Scienze infermieristiche e tecniche neuropsichiatriche e riabilitative
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