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PHTY2061: PT in Neurological Conditions A

This unit aims to develop students' ability to apply relevant theoretical and data­based scientific findings to clinical practice in the area of disease and trauma to the nervous system. This unit examines the pathology, impairments (weakness, loss of coordination, loss of sensation and spasticity as well as adaptations such as contracture), activity limitations (difficulty standing up, sitting and standing, walking, reaching and manipulating objects with the hand, rolling over and getting out of bed) and participation restrictions arising from health conditions of acute onset (stroke, traumatic brain injury and Guillain­Barré Syndrome). Students will learn to assess, train and measure outcome of everyday activities integrated within the rehabilitation team.

Code PHTY2061
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
BIOS1169 and BIOS1171 and (EXSS1029 OR EXSS2030) and (EXSS2025 OR EXSS3062) and PHTY1024

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the impairments arising from neurological conditions of acute onset
  • LO2. assess the patient’s motor performance of everyday actions in terms of the presence of adaptive behaviours
  • LO3. analyse the contribution of primary and secondary, motor and non-motor impairments to activity limitations
  • LO4. write a SMART goal at the participation and activity level
  • LO5. demonstrate ways of increasing strength in paralysed and very weak muscles
  • LO6. demonstrate ways of increasing coordination in preparation for training motor performance
  • LO7. demonstrate ways of training and promoting flexibility of motor performance
  • LO8. demonstrate ways to prevent/reduce secondary impairments
  • LO9. describe ways to promote flexibility of performance
  • LO10. describe ways to increase the amount of practice both within and outside of therapy
  • LO11. evaluate tools commonly used to measure the outcome of neurological rehabilitation
  • LO12. describe and demonstrate EBP in neurological physiotherapy
  • LO13. outline the management of motor and sensory impairments
  • LO14. outline the principles of training motor performance in the presence of non-motor impairments such as language, perceptual-cognitive, and behavioural impairments.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.