Online Course
Diaphragm Anatomy and Differential Diagnosis
Enhance your knowledge of the diaphragm and diaphragmatic dysfunction post-mechanical ventilation

0.5-1 hour





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Rina Pandya
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The diaphragm is an important muscle of inspiration and expiration, and it can be affected during periods of mechanical ventilation. Complications after intubation include diaphragm elevation, paralysis and weakness. To understand these complications, it is necessary to understand the basic anatomy and function of the diaphragm. Thus, this course, the first in a series on diaphragm rehabilitation after mechanical ventilation, will provide an overview of the diaphragm before introducing complications associated with intubation.


The aim of this course is to explain the anatomy of the diaphragm and potential causes of injury post-intubation.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 0.5-1 hour depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.7 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify the structures related to the anatomy of the diaphragm
  • discuss differential diagnoses of diaphragm disorders
  • describe the causes of a weak or paralysed diaphragm
  • discuss diaphragmatic and paradoxical breathing
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Thank you for your attention to such an underestimated field of respiratory rehab. I am glad I have found your course. Resources for such topics are not so ample.
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