Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation: Trunk
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Taught in Second Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy - Main Subject: Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy in Musculosceletal Afflictions
Second Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy - Main Subject: Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy in Musculosceletal Afflictions
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 60.0
Training and projects (C) 10.0
Studytime (D) 270.0
Studypoints (E) 9
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? This course can not be taken through this kind of contract
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Separate credit contract mandatory
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Lieven Danneels
Department GE24
Co-lecturers Barbara Cagnie
Key Words

Clinical reasoning - Motor control – Case presentations/studies – Evidence based

Position of the Course

The course is situated in the final year within the main subject ‘Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy’. This course is meant to broaden and deepen the musculoskeletal rehabilitation of the spine. These lessons are in direct preparation of many different parts of the ‘Postgraduate Education in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy’ at the University of Ghent.


o History, objectives and definitions of manual therapy
o The most important tendencies within manual therapy
o Methodology of manual therapy
o General principles of examination and treatment
o Framework for clinical reasoning
o Neuromuscular dysfunctions: indications for manual therapy
o Motor control of the spine
o Casuistry with integration of additional skills for diagnosis and treatment
o Evidence based therapy

Starting Competences

The student has passed the following courses succesfully:
- Rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy of the musculoskeletal system: Lumbar spine and pelvis (3de ba)
- Rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy of the musculoskeletal system: Cervical and thoracic spine (3de ba)
- Methodology in rehabilitation and physiotherapy for musculoskeletal disorders (1ste ma)

Final Competences

Concerning a case study about spine disorders:
o Be able to collect and critically interpret relevant data about the patients request for medical treatment.
o Be able to execute and if necessary adjust a physiotherapeutic examination.
o Be able to interpret the collected data about the patients request for treatment and the related clinical examination, considering the ICF-model, and to come up with the resulting physiotherapeutic diagnosis.
o Be able to, based on the diagnosis, develop a physiotherapeutic treatment plan, considering the ICF-model and evidence based practice and if possible in agreement with the patient.
o Be able to systematically conduct this physiotherapeutic treatment plan, to evaluate this plan critically and if necessary adjust it.
o Be able to interpret a motor control dysfunction from dissociation tests and be able to treat this dysfunction adequately.

Teaching and Learning Material

Powerpoint presentations, Literature: mandatory and optional articles


Clinical reasoning for manual therapists. Jones M & Rivett D. Butterworth Heinemann, London 2004.
Grieve's Modern Manual therapy. The vertebral Column. Boyling J & Jull G. Elsevier, Edinburgh 2004.
Principles of neuromusculoskeletal treatment and management. A guide for therapists. Petty N. Elsevier, Edinburgh 2004.
The back pain revolution. Waddell G. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh 1998.

Course Content-Related Study Coaching

Interactive support through learning platform Minerva, Personal guidance by appointment (via email)

Teaching Methods

Classroom lectures, Lab sessions, Group sessions, Clinical seminar

Evaluation Methods


Examination Methods

Theory: written; Practice: Casestudy (clinical examination and treatment) after written preparation

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