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Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

Students gain knowledge about diseases and receiving skills to apply treatment principles for impairments in respiratory and circulatory system as well as the musculoskeletal system in the context of Orthopaedics and Traumatology disorders.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to
- show a deep knowledge in physiology related to the respiratory organ and the blood circulation
- show a deep knowledge in the biomechanics of the big joints in the lower limb
- assess, plan, implement and evaluate physiotherapy related to common respiratoy, heart and peripheral vascular diseases
- assess, plan, implement and evaluate physiotherapy related to common orthopedic and traumatic disorders
- describe methods and treatment principles for electrotherapy and thermal treatments
- appropriately assess the need of, plan, accomplish and evaluate physiotherapy interventions in acute and rehabilitation phases according to the patient's individual problem and life situation
- show knowledge and be able to adapt methods, models and different forms of movement aiming for health promoting goals for individuals and groups
- choose evidence based physiotherapy methods
- show knowledge and understand ethical principles that comes with the profession, and be able to follow them in practice
- get knowledge about actors in the public, private and third sector

Course contents

Lower limb and Electrotherapy:
- Treatment principles in physical therapy. Thermal treatments. Electrotherapeutic treatments
- Conservative and pre- and postoperative physiotherapy related to problems in the hip, knee and ankle region

Respiratory and circulation:
- Physiotherapy in restrictive and obstructive respiratory diseases
- Pre- and postoperative physiotherapy in connection to abdominal and chest surgery
- Physiotherapy and health education in cardiac and vascular problems, and metabolic syndrome
- Physiotherapy in peripheral vascular diseases

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Anatomy,physiology and biomechanics
Medicin I
Applied assessment in physiotherapy

Previous course names

Physical therapy
Physiotherapy II

Additional information

See information in schedule

Recommended or required reading


Lower limb:
Parts of:
Hertling, D. & Kessler, R. 1996. Management of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders. Physical therapy principles and methods. ISBN 0-397-54805-2
Holmström,E.& Moritz, U.(red.)2007. Rörelseorganens funktionstörningar.Klinik och sjukgymnastik.Kapitel:1,2,9,10,11,12.Studentlitteratur. ISBN 978-91-44-03954-1.
Kitchen,S.(ed.)2002.Electrotherapy.Evidence-Based Practice.Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.ISBN 0-443-072167.

Respiratory and cirkulation:

Suomen Sydänliitto ry.:
- Sepelvaltimotauti ja liikunta (2006)
- Sydämen vajaatoiminta ja liikunta (2006)
- Sydänpotilaan suorituskyvyn arviointi (2007)

Parts of:
Pryor, J.A. & Prasad, S.A. 2002. Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems. ISBN 0-443-07075-X
Talvitie, U. Karppi, S-L, Mansikkamäki, T. 1999. Fysioterapia. Helsinki: Oy Edita Ab ISBN 951-37-2761-0

Suomen Fysioterapeutit. Sepelvaltimotautipotilaan liikunnallinen kuntoutus -suositus

Topical articles

Browne, G. 2006. A Manual Therapist`s Guide toMovement. Teaching Motor Skills to the Orthopaedic Patient. Churchill Livingstone. Elsevier. ISBN 0-443-10216-3.
Chaitow, L.,Bradley, D., Gilbert, C.2002. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Breathing Pattern Disorders. Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 0-443-07053-9
Dandy, D.J.& Edwards, D.J. 2006. Essential Orthopaedics and Trauma. Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 0-443-07213-2
Engstrom B, Van de Ven C. 1993 Physiotherapy for amputees ISBN 0 4-443-04396-5
FYSS 2008: www.svenskidrottsmedicin.se/fyss/pdf/FYSS_2008.pdf External link
Mc Ardle, W., Katch, F., Katch, U. 1996 Exercise Physiology, fourth edt. Baltimore. Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 0-683-05731-6
Renström, P.et.al 2002.Urheiluvammat ennaltaehkäisy, hoito ja kuntotus. ISBN 951-9147-29-2.
Suomen sydänliitto ry:
- Sepelvaltimotauti (2006)
- Rytmihäiriöt, tahdistin ja liikunta (2006)
- Läppävika ja liikunta (2006)
- Synnynnäinen sydänvika ja liikunta (2006)
- Sydämen siirto ja liikunta (2006)
- Sepelvaltimohuntoutujan käsikirja (2006)
- Ravinto ja liikunta sydänterveyden edistämisessä (2004)
- Sydänpotilaan suorituskyvyn arviointi (2007)

- Svantesson, U., Cider, Å., Jonsdottir, I-H., Sterner-Victorin, E., Willén, C. 2007. Effekter av fysisk träning vid olika sjukdomstillstånd. SISU Idrottsböcker. ISBN: 91-85433-16-0

- Vasta, A. 2013. Clinical Manual of Physical Therapy. 2nd edition. EME. ISBN 978 88 7711 764 9

Study activities

  • Lectures - 62 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 4 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 61 hours
  • Practical exercises - 62 hours
  • Small-group work - 3 hours
  • Individual studies - 66 hours
  • Seminars - 8 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 266 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 266 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio
  • Seminars (16.12.2014)

Assessment requirements

passed written examinations and group work


  • Grönlund Anu
  • Hellsten Thomas
  • Ring Joachim
  • Sievers Hannele


Ring Joachim

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2014-11-27 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions
  • 2014-12-16 - Other assignments

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