An Introduction to Physiotherapy for the Orthopaedic Patient
This course will help you to do more in practice to optimise the recovery of patients following orthopaedic surgery or conditions – in particular, patients requiring treatment or surgery for cruciate rupture, spinal conditions and limb fractures.
Your learning on the course will provide a basic introduction that will enable vets and nurses in first opinion or referral practice to have a deeper understanding of the recovery implications for these orthopaedic conditions, and learn simple techniques that can help optimise patient healing, maintain mobility, and improve comfort levels; as part of the multi-modal approach to rehabilitation.
We will look at the specific case considerations and assessment of patients, as well as the use of standard techniques such as effleurage and petrissage; passive range of movement exercises, stretching, improving proprioception and balance, and strength-building.
We will also look at the support we can offer to owners in caring for their pets after surgery, including exercise advice, and minor adaptations to the home that can help to maintain mobility for these patients and lessen the risk of injury or protracted recovery.
The skills that you will learn on this course will enable you to to set up basic post-operative management and rehabilitation clinics and provide a more thorough, rounded and rewarding service to your orthopaedic patients, and clients will appreciate this extra level of service you will be able to offer.
We will also help you to understand when referral to a qualified veterinary physiotherapist may be indicated.
A good knowledge of physiology and anatomy, (with a recap on this topic if you haven’t studied for a while) is suggested to ensure you get the best from the course.
Topics covered on this course include:
Exploring the three specific conditions (spinal and cruciate surgery and fracture repair), including their pathological changes
Common indications for the conditions
Conservative management vs surgical management
Ways to aid discomfort and optimise the healing process through simple exercises and techniques
Basic massage and use of effleurage and petrissage
Passive range of movement exercises
Stretching, improving proprioception and balance
Strength building (with and without basic apparatus)
Application and contra-indications for the techniques discussed on the course
Making the home environment safe during the post operative period
Developing a treatment plan for these patients
When to involve qualified physiotherapists within treatment
Course resources include:
Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
Informative narrated lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
Multiple supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your clinics
Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
Access to the course materials for a period after the course
Course duration:3 weeks (8 hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)