The Ultrasound for Physiotherapists course offers evidence-based, practical, and portable professional development for those seeking to upskill on the foundations of ultrasound imaging, develop competency skills for ultrasound imaging, and assimilate ultrasound imaging into daily clinical practice. It has been designed to enhance learning and promote understanding, on topics including the operation of the ultrasound machine, musculoskeletal physiotherapy and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.
Ultrasound imaging elevates contemporary physiotherapy practice through informing emergency differential diagnosis, enhancing clinical decision making and ultimately accelerating management and intervention strategies for improving patient outcomes. There is growing evidence that supports ultrasound as a non-invasive, valid and reliable point of care outcome measure that can be used to diagnose lung pathology; monitor fracture healing and act as a biofeedback tool for the rehabilitation of muscle following injury and trauma.
This online short course is aimed at physiotherapists and physiotherapy students.
- Demonstrate appropriate operation of the ultrasound machine, including settings required to obtain optimised ultrasound images
- Identify lumbar and thigh muscles using ultrasound
- Perform a lung ultrasound examination in the erect and supine patient
- Explain the ultrasound appearance of lung pathology and its limitations
- Explain the ultrasound appearance of sternal pathology
- Outline the parameters for assessment and management of sternal complications