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Trauma to the face and head can be caused by a number of events, from explosions to road traffic accidents and blunt force trauma. The impact of these events can be significant, causing bony and / or soft tissue injury, as well as nerve damage. These injuries can affect vision, speaking, non-verbal communication, hearing, sense of smell, and eating and drinking. Many patients who experience a facial injury will be managed surgically and then require post-operative rehabilitation. Physiotherapists play a significant role in the post-operative phase, using manual techniques and exercise therapy to help clients restore function in their face.
The aim of this course is to introduce common types of facial injuries and to highlight the role of physiotherapists during the post-operative phase and common physiotherapy interventions that are used to restore facial function.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
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 1-1.5 hours 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 0.9 Physioplus 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:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- Identify the best method of imaging for facial injuries
- Discuss key anatomical features of the face and their relationship to facial function
- Discuss common causes of facial injury
- Describe the ways in which different types of facial injuries can affect facial functions, including sight, breathing, smell, communication (oral and non-verbal), hearing, eating and drinking
- Select appropriate physiotherapy interventions to manage patients following surgery for facial injuries
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT000/2021/260 (3 General CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 1.07 CCUs.
Course recognised by
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – CCUs not required
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
One thing that impressed me about this online course is if I have a question, there is always a quick response (the discussion forum is available all the time). This is critical when distance is involved. Excellent content and videos that build on your knowledge, reinforce, and then expand. The quizzes were well designed and very good learning tools.
Physiotherapist, United States
This is a great refreshing course, thank you!