King Saud University
College of Applied Medical Sciences
Rehabilitation Sciences Department
1st Semester 1428/ 1429 H
Course Title : Advanced Physical Therapy Procedures
Course Number : RHS 421
Credit Hours : 1 + 1 = 2
Course Instructor: Prof. Alaa Abdel Salam
In this course normal structural and functional basis of the respiratory system are presented and discussed. Terminology of the physical therapy for chest diseases is also included. This is followed by discussion and practical demonstration of general and specific evaluation procedures and their rationales for use with patients suffering from respiratory problems. Then the student will be trained on how to select the appropriate physical therapy procedures for different chest problems and how to plan the treatment programs. Implementation of physical therapy programs using therapeutic skills for each particular problem will be followed.
On completion of this course, the student should be capable of:
1. Demonstrating a clear understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system.
2. Demonstrating skills in communication skillfully and effectively as a professional physiotherapist in order to make effective contact with patients suffering from different respiratory problems.
3. Demonstrating skills in patient evaluation and how to identify the patient’s problems.
4. Demonstrating practically (on simulated patients) the evaluation process used with patients suffering from different chest problems.
5. Demonstrating ability to describe the proper treatment plan for each respiratory problems and to follow it
Week 1 Anatomy, physiology and mechanics of chest.
Basic terms for chest diseases.
Clinical: patient contact.
Week 2 Signs and symptoms of chest diseases.
Methods of physiotherapy for chest diseases.
Clinical: patient assessment (observation)
Week 3 Clinical implications for chest diseases.
Clinical: patient assessment (palpation).
Week 4 Chest assessment.
Clinical: patient assessment (percussion and auscultation)
Week 5 Respiratory failure.
Clinical: Postural drainage.
Week 6 In-course examination (1) Theoretical.
In-course examination (1) Clinical.
Week 7 Pleural diseases.
Clinical: breathing exercises.
Week 8 Chronic obstructive lung diseases.
Clinical: demonstration and application of breathing control.
Week 9 Restrictive lung diseases.
Clinical: application of selected physical therapy modalities.
Week 10 Occupational lung diseases.
Clinical: application of selected physical therapy modalities (cont.)
Week 11 Cor pulmonal.
Clinical demonstration on the follow up of chest patient.
Week 12 In-course Examination (2) Theoretical.
In-course Examination (2) Clinical.
Week 13 Chest surgery.
Clinical: application of selected physical therapy modalities in chest surgery.
Week 14 Principles of physical therapy in intensive care unit.
Clinical: demonstration and application of pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Week 15 Pulmonary rehabilitation.
Final Clinical Examination.
Week 16 Final examination.
Clinical training at the hospital.
• In-course Clinical and Theoretical Examinations 40%
• Clinical Final Examination 20%
• Theoretical Final Examination 40%
1. Chest Physical Therapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Donna L. Frawnfelter, Published by Year Book Medical Publisher Inc., Chicago.
2. Cash’s Textbook: Chest, Heart and Vascular Disorders for the Physiotherapists, Patricia A. Dawine, Published by Faber and Faber, London.
3. The Brompton Hospital Guide to Chest Physiotherapy, Gaskell D.V. and Webber B.A. Published by Blackwell Scientific Publication, London.