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Unit of study_

PHTY3082: PT in Neurological Conditions B

This unit comprises two modules. The neurodegenerative module examines the pathology, impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions arising from neurodegenerative conditions which require adaptation (such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease) and the physiotherapy management of these conditions, including self-management principles to increase physical activity and using technology in rehabilitation. The spinal cord injury module of this unit focuses on the physiotherapy management of spinal cord lesions. All modules incorporate evidence­based practice and integrated patient­centered healthcare. Students learn to promote, assess and train or prescribe appropriate aids to enable activity performance and promote participation.

Code PHTY3082
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Biomechanics of normal movement, neuroanatomy, anatomy

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

  • LO1. describe the mechanisms and management of neurodegenerative conditions and spinal cord injuries
  • LO2. identify the motor and non-motor impairments arising from neurodegenerative conditions, and their impact on activity and participation
  • LO3. demonstrate methods of assessment of motor impairments and activity limitations in neurodegenerative conditions, and explain the rationale of assessment techniques
  • LO4. demonstrate and explain in lay language how people with motor complete spinal cord lesions move from supine to long sitting and perform transfers
  • LO5. analyse the contribution of primary and secondary, and motor and non-motor impairments to activity limitations and participation restrictions
  • LO6. demonstrate methods of reducing specific motor impairments (or adapting to these impairments) and training motor performance to reduce activity limitations
  • LO7. outline the rationale for physiotherapy interventions designed to maximise activity and minimise secondary disability, and identify the evidence-base for these interventions
  • LO8. prescribe aids for reducing activity limitations and increasing participation
  • LO9. devise and evaluate physiotherapy intervention programs for people with neurodegenerative conditions and spinal cord injuries that minimise secondary impairments and maximise quality of life, as well as meet the patient’s goals, taking into account personal factors, motor and non-motor impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions, environmental context, and contributions of the interprofessional health team
  • LO10. discuss the role of patient self-management strategies and describe the implementation of these strategies, particularly for increasing physical activity
  • LO11. prescribe technology-based assessments and interventions