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Differential Diagnostics in Physiotherapy - PFYZ226C
Title: Differential Diagnostics in Physiotherapy
Guaranteed by: Department of Physiotherapy (51-300400)
Faculty: Faculty of Physical Education and Sport
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
Points: 0
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/0, C+Ex [HT]
Extent per academic year: 28 [hours]
Capacity: 16 / unknown (16)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: deregister from the credit exam date if a requisite was not fulfilled
deregister from the exam date if a requisite was not fulfilled
course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: PhDr. Lenka Žáková, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Milan Martínek, Ph.D.
PhDr. Tereza Nováková, Ph.D.
doc. PaedDr. Dagmar Pavlů, CSc.
MUDr. Andrea Švojgrová
PhDr. Lenka Žáková, Ph.D.
Interchangeability : PFYZ094C
Is interchangeable with: PFYZ094C
In complex incompatibility with: PFYZ219C
The aim of the course is to teach students differential-diagnostic thinking from the perspective of a physiotherapist, to acquire knowledge and skills in the analysis and differential diagnosis of functional motor disorders based on generally valid functional relationships. The aim is also to acquire knowledge and skills in the widest range of special functional tests that are necessary to determine the basic disorder in the system and thus the direction and method of therapy of the disorder. The focus of the course is on practical teaching and demonstration of patients. The content of the subject is closely linked to clinically oriented subjects.
Last update: Mejsnarová Linda, Mgr., Ph.D. (25.05.2021)
Aim of the course

Learning Outcomes:

The course aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and general competencies so that after the completion of the course, the student:

  • demonstrates knowledge of special differential diagnostic tests and methods for identification of specific movement syndromes
  • demonstrates the ability of practical application of theoretically learned diagnostic tests
  • ability to make an appropriate choice of combinations of diagnostic steps concerning a particular and actual health state of a patient
  • demonstrates the appropriate composition of the therapeutic process according to differential diagnostic of the movement system

Last update: Mejsnarová Linda, Mgr., Ph.D. (25.05.2021)

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GOODMAN, C. C., HEICK, J., LAZARO, R.T. Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists: Screening for Referral, 5. ed., Saunders 2017, ISBN-10: 0323478492.

HAMILL, J., KNUTZEN, K. Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009, ISBN 0781791286.

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Last update: Mejsnarová Linda, Mgr., Ph.D. (25.05.2021)
Requirements to the exam

Credit Requirements:
- 100% attendance at lessons with activity during lessons; completion of interim tests and assignments given after each lecture

Exam Requirements:

- written test in Moodle with 80% required

Last update: Žáková Lenka, PhDr., Ph.D. (16.02.2024)

1. Introduction to differential diagnostics in physiotherapy. History and its importance in differential diagnostics.

2. Pain as a differential diagnostic symptom

3. Special tests used in differential diagnostics

4. Stability and its importance in differential diagnostics

5. Differential diagnostics in the head area

6. Differential diagnostics in the cervical spine

7. Differential diagnostics in the thoracic spine

8. Differential diagnostics in lumbar spine

9. Differential diagnostics in the pelvis

10. Differential diagnostics in the area of hip joints

11. Differential diagnostics in the area of knee joints

12. Differential diagnostics in the foot area

13. Differential diagnostics in the area of shoulder joints

14. Differential diagnostics in the area of elbow joints and hand

Last update: Mejsnarová Linda, Mgr., Ph.D. (25.05.2021)
Learning resources

Study Aids:

Moodle 1:

Last update: Jandová Renáta (28.07.2023)
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