The Student

The Student's Companion to Physiotherapy

A Survival Guide

Paperback, 170 Pages

Published: January 2010

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3380-3

Contents

  • Contributors
    Acknowledgements
    Editor ’s introduction
    An introduction by Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, MD, FRCP

    SECTION 1 SETTLING IN
    Chapter 1 In the beginning
    Nick Southorn and Jamie Mackler
    Day one
    What is physiotherapy?
    A brief history of physiotherapy
    Physiotherapists at work
    International organizations
    Swatting up
    Books to buy
    Equipment
    Freshers ’ week
    Study tips
    Being a member of the representative body of physiotherapy

    Chapter 2 Things I wish they’d told me before I started
    Stuart Porter
    What am I letting myself in for?
    Not sure I deserve to be here
    What is different about studying at degree level?
    The language of the university
    How to conduct yourself
    What your lecturers expect from you
    How do I get through the first year?
    What you should expect from your lecturers
    How to get through your exams
    Finally

    SECTION 2 STUDYING PHYSIOTHERAPY
    Chapter 3 Anatomy and physiology

    Nick Southorn
    Introduction - anatomy
    Visualizing anatomy
    Mnemonics and chants
    Introduction - physiology
    Learning physiology
    'Tool box'
    In the clinic
    Conclusion

    Chapter 4 Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
    Nick Southorn
    So what is musculoskeletal therapy?
    Initial subjective assessment
    Initial objective assessment
    Clinical semaphore
    Treatments
    Maitland
    Cyriax/orthopedic medicine
    McKenzie
    Acupuncture
    Muscle energy techniques
    Myofascial therapy
    Pilates
    Exercise therapy
    Massage
    In the clinic

    Chapter 5 Electrotherapy
    Tim Watson
    What is it?
    Why is it important?
    Useful ways to study
    Resources and information

    Chapter 6 Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy
    Mandy Jones
    Learning the theory
    Tips for learning anatomy
    Tips for learning physiology
    Tips for learning physiotherapy
    Preparation for clinical placement
    Tips for clinical placement
    Hazards of clinical placement
    Conclusion

    Chapter 7 Neurologic physiotherapy
    Nick Southorn
    What you need to know
    Basics
    Conditions
    Assessment
    Treatment of the neurologic patient
    In the clinic

    Chapter 8 Pharmacology
    Nick Southorn
    How do I get my head around all of this?
    It’s all about class!
    What do I need to know about these drugs?
    In the clinic
    Conclusion

    Chapter 9 Biopsychosocial approach
    Paul Watson
    Why a biopsychosocial perspective?
    A biopsychosocial model of pain disability
    So what are the important things to consider?
    In the clinic
    Integrating assessment into practice
    Conclusion

    Chapter 10 Pediatrics
    Nick Southorn
    Be a child, it helps!
    Childhood diseases
    How to assess a child patient
    Subjective assessment
    Objective assessment
    Treatments
    Conclusion

    Chapter 11 Clinical placement
    Nick Southorn
    How to prepare
    What you need to know before you get there
    Uniform etiquette
    What you need to know when you get there
    The learning agreement
    Marking criteria
    The role of the clinical educator
    The role of the academic tutor
    Conclusion

    SECTION 3 THE FINAL STRETCH
    Chapter 12 Clinical audit and research

    Herbert Thurston
    Clinical audit
    Research
    Types of research
    Getting started in research
    Real-life researchers

    Chapter 13 The degree continues
    Nick Southorn and Nick Clode
    Professional practice
    Evidence-based practice
    Portfolio development
    What is a CPD portfolio?
    Why do I need to keep a CPD portfolio?
    What does a portfolio look like?
    What should it contain?
    Portfolio keeping - what you need to know
    Online versus paper-based portfolio systems
    Steps in setting up a CPD portfolio
    Finally
    Reflection

    Chapter 14 You think it’s all over …
    Nick Southorn and Nick Clode
    Results
    What to do with your textbooks
    Opportunities for the graduate
    Looking for jobs in the UK
    Websites
    Recruitment agencies
    Interviews
    Interview format
    Preparation
    Interview tips
    Appearance
    On the day
    Conclusion

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