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Help for a fellow physio!

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Physiotherapists wanted for my dissertation project regarding perceptions of the reasons for ACL re-injury following reconstruction and rehabilitation


I am a qualified physiotherapist and currently i am conducting my dissertation for my master degree in UK. I would really appreciate your help, if any of you have an experience with an athlete regarding a second ACL injury after returning to the sports field. I will collect data via skype, chat or e mails -no more than 15 minutes- and i would really appreciate it if you can help me with that. 
Please contact me as soon as possible.

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Physiotherapy Learning Space: Free e-learning modules.

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Physio Learning Space: Free e-learning modules.

Hands on Seminars

Fantastic ‘Webinar’ resources. Register to listen live or view repeats here.




Learning Modules:


A great resource provided by Physio-pedia. Online video courses including : 


Liverpool University have produced a fantastic set of videos for their students to help learn tests and treatment techniques. Things have certainly changed since I was at university and this allows you to observe the correct technique. Check out how you can apply for the Liverpool BSC Physiotherapy course here….

Lower Limb Practical Skills


Neurological Tests

Special Tests

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What is physiotherapy/ physical therapy?

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What is physiotherapy/ physical therapy?

The Csp defines physiotherapy (physical therapy is the american term) as:


”  Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected    by injury, illness or disability.

  • Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manualtherapy, education and advice.
  • They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.
  • The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent for as long as possible.     “
A day in the life of a physio:

This involves taking a history and asking questions which may help build a picture of likely conditions. From this I will formulate a likely hypothesis and pick specific and sensitive tests to rule out other possible differential diagnoses. To be able to perform a accurate objective assessment you need to be able to see the soft tissues clearly so ask patients to bring shorts and a strappy top if they do not feel comfortable undressing to their underwear.

  • Treat a variety of conditions. Click here to see full list or scroll below to see a brief list. A physio will be able to complete an assessment (Usually within 30-45 minutes) and be able to tell you if they can help you, if you need onward referral or the likely prognosis of your condition. You can either be referred through the NHS via your GP or attend directly to a private physiotherapist before seeing your GP. If you have any red flags on the assessment portion of our pages you should attend your GP or A and E immediately.
  • Use a variety of treatment techniques and modalities. Including manual therapy, soft tissue mobilisations, hydrotherapy, specific exercises, ultrasound, acupuncture, TENs, muscle energy techniques, cryrotherapy, joint mobilisations, posture re-education, video analysis, photo analysis, sport technique, competition screening, mobilising patients day one in hospital.
  • Liase with other medical professionals such as Consultants, Occupational therapist, Nurses, GP’s and Speech and Language therapists.
  • Attend courses and research evidence based treatments to keep up to date on recent literature and current concepts of treatments.

 As members of the CSP physiotherapist abide by a professional code of conduct to continue professional development and offer high standards of treatment.

Common conditions treated include:

Click here to see more from the CSP

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How to write a Case Study

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Asked to write a case study? Unsure where to start?  Case studies vary in length and detail depending on whether they are purely for reflection, to present to your team or for a university project. Read the marking scheme.
Ultimately you need to consider:
  • Introduction
  • Case Report
  • Clinical reasoning and underlying mechanisms
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
Find below a mixture of case studies including examiner’s comments and marks.. Look at good and bad examples to highlight differences and so that you can avoid the same mistakes!!!


 Click here to see exemplar case studies

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Total Knee Replacement: Pre-assessment transcript

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Total Knee Replacement: Pre Assessment Example

Please find below an example of an assessment between a physiotherapist and a patient.

This simulates a real life situation therefore not all comments will be appropriate for every patient. You will need to develop your skills to change your language, approach and communication to suit each client. It gives you an idea of what you can expect. This is based on a orthopaedic position in a private hospital. Different hospitals will have different protocols and some NHS hospitals will be doing group pre-assesssment. This has been kindly donated and does not necessarily represent the thoughts of Physiowizz. 


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Smoking: When will there be a change?

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You have a right to destroy your lungs but why should I have to experience 200 poisonous chemicals, 43 of which an cancerous every time you have a drag?

I will remember NYE 2013 for all the wrong reasons. I proved extremely unpopular when I lost my temper at five of my good friends after a great night out at a club. We all returned back to the flat and they began smoking inside. I come from an affluent area, I went to an average, state school, all of my friends have been to university. My point is they are EDUCATED yet they still have no qualms about the damage they are doing to their lungs and mine.

Please take the time to read this great inservice training and if you smoke maybe take a thought about others around you and not just yourself. With so many alternatives theres no excuse.

Want to quit ?

NHS FREE advice and tools



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PBL Questions: Stroke

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PBL Questions

  • Define stroke
  • Define dysarthria and aphasia(expressive/receptive)
  • Define the significance of ‘up going plantars’
  • Define knee arthroscopy
  • Define bridging (bed mobility)
  • Define homonymous hemianopia
Anatomy and physiology
  • Explore anatomy of the cerebral and carotid arteries.
  • Review muscles of the trunk – flexors and extensors.
  • Identify areas of the brain affected by the brain in terms of haemorrhagic infarct.
  • Identify the risk factors for stroke- Hypertension/Smoking?
  • Explore the pathological processes of stroke.
  • Identify how a diagnosis of stroke is made and what investigations can be performed (ie CT scan)
  • Describe the clinical symptoms of a stroke.
  • Explain what is meant by sensory inattention
  • Describe what a haemorrhagic infract is?
  • Identify secondary problems of a patient post stroke (tightness of tendo achilles and reduced shoulder flexion- cause of pain at end of range).
  • Discuss what is meant by ‘over active’ with limb range.
  • Explore the muscle tone of patients with stroke.
MDT Management
  • Describe the role of the key worker within the stroke unit
  • Identify the role of the physio assistant
  • Identify the role of the speech and language therapist and the significance of a soft/texture diet’
Physiotherapy Management
  • Explore the stroke grading system for muscle weakness.
  • Recognise the role of the physiotherapist on the first few days after admission.
  • Explain the rehabilitation process of a stroke patient (short and long term) and the role of physiotherapists (types of exercise/gym work)
  • Compae the difference between an initial assessment and a comprehensive assessment.
  • Elaborate on transfers, bed and chair positioning for stroke patients.
  • Discuss the issue of manual handling involved with mobilising a patient with stroke.
  • Compare and contrast the normal sitting, posture and balance with that of a patient with stroke.
  • Explain how comprehension, sensation, proprioception and body awareness are assessed.
Medical Management
  • Define: Lacidipine, Simvastin, Aspirin, Lisinopril
  • Explore criteria for leaving Ana E to a general medical ward.
  • Distinguish between the local stroke unit and a general medical ward.
  • Identify affects on the lifestyle of the patient with stroke.
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Help for a fellow physiotherapist!

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Calling all Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists!!

Please can you participate in my (Mrsparr) online survery regarding the relevance of the NICE LBP guidelines to musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice.

It is for the research aspect of my MSc in Advancing Physiotherapy and will take less than 5min to complete.


(This has been display on behalf of a fellow physiotherapist.  Physiowizard accepts no responsibility for the content and information shown on the following link)

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Physio facts of the day: Orthopaedics

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Each patient is different and no two will be the same so you will need to clinically reason each choice. For the following questions consider your patient to be normal with no complications.


  1. What mobility aid do patients usual require Day 1 total hip replacement?
  2. How long is the average length of stay for a patient following a total knee replacement?
  3. You come to see a patient and need to check observations are normal before you get the patient out of bed. What are the normal ranges for blood pressure?
  4. Name four exercises which would be suitable for a Day 1 total knee replacement to begin providing they were a text book case with no complications?
  5. Which leg should the patient place first to help offload the operated leg day 1 Right TKR when using a zimmer frame? 
  6. What movement should be avoided Day 1 ACL?

Click here for Answers

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Physiotherapy Revision Quizzes

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We are currently developing some quizzes to help you revise for physiotherapy exams! Diagnose pain through Ankle, Knee, Hip, Spine, Back, Elbow, Shoulder, Hand and Neck assessments. Test your knowledge on the conditions below!! Don’t for get to check out the student room for interview questions, podcasts, patient information sheets and job tips!!

Click here for Quizzes!!

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