An online course for physical therapists / physiotherapists


This course will first give you a deeper understanding of neuroanatomy and neuophysiology related to Stroke.  Then by exploring epidemiology and risk factors we will come to understand the global burden of Stroke and prevention measures that Physiotherapists can get involved with. Assessment is a key skill for Physiotherapists in performing effective management of individuals following Stroke, we will consider assessment scales, outcome measures and the roles of the multi-disciplinary team. Then, based on the latest evidence available, we will explore different management options for rehabilitation of acute and chronic presentations. This course will have a strong emphasis on differential diagnosis, to try and develop your clinical reasoning skills within this area.


According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study (2010), Stroke categorised under Cardiovascular and Circulatory Diseases, is the second leading cause of death globally and the third leading cause of premature death and disability as measured in Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY). A challenge to global health, the prevalence of stroke and its cost is likely to rise as the aging population increases.

Stroke is a complex pathology with many different clinical presentations each with unique impairments and activity limitations. Physiotherapy can have a massive impact on quality of life of a Stroke survivor.  When working with individuals with acute and chronic impairment as a result of stroke, best practice requires a good understanding of the pathology and skills in assessment and treatment selection and rehabilitation.  Stroke is a large topic area, and can be studied as an area of clinical specialism within Physiotherapy, therefore this course is by no means exhaustive.


  1. Section 1: Epidemiology, Risk Factors, Anatomy, and Clinical Presentations
  2. Section 2: Assessment of Stroke including Outcome Measures
  3. Section 3: Management of Stroke including Clinical Guidelines
  4. Section 4: Specific Therapeutic Interventions including Gait, Upper Limb
  5. Section 5: Final Tasks and Optional Assignment


Feedback from participants:
I liked how much detail the course went into with the pathophysiology of stroke and how it explained the latest research into managing and treating and physical complications following stroke.
I enjoyed learning about the medical approach to acute stroke treatment and broadening my learning about the different assessment tools, outcome measures and clinical guidelines. I appreciated the fact that I now realise that therapists all over the world face similar issues such as insufficient staff to administer treatment or increased patient load and lack of resources to implement certain aspects of evidence based practice.