Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I

Course code PHTY2020Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Physiotherapy clinical skills and knowledge needed for the evaluation and management of basic disorders of the musculoskeletal system across the lifespan. The course includes introductory studies in sports physiotherapy, occupational health, manual therapy and orthopaedic physiotherapy.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
1. apply biomedical and behavioural scientific knowledge to the physiotherapy evaluation and management of basic musculoskeletal disorders;
2. describe the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of common simple musculoskeletal disorders;
3. conduct an appropriate basic examination of the musculoskeletal system, including history and physical examination;
4. appropriately select, modify as necessary, and correctly demonstrate basic measurement and testing procedures commonly used in assessing musculoskeletal dysfunction;
5. describe the conservative and surgical management of common simple musculoskeletal disorders;
6. appropriately select, modify as necessary, and correctly demonstrate basic active and passive treatment procedures commonly used in the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction;
7. analyse the musculoskeletal functional requirements in the home, sport setting and occupational environment;
8. apply introductory clinical reasoning skills and an evidence-based approach to decision making in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice;
9. apply basic treatment evaluation and intervention outcome processes appropriate for musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice;
10. discuss relevant lifespan, gender, cultural, legal and ethical considerations in performing basic musculoskeletal physiotherapy evaluation and management procedures;
11. demonstrate an awareness of the physiotherapist's role in promoting wellness as relevant to the musculoskeletal system;
12. effectively develop and appropriately present a critical discussion in written format.
Content- Aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of common simple musculoskeletal disorders, including fractures, dislocations, joint disorders and soft tissue injuries
- History taking for patients presenting with common simple musculoskeletal disorders, including red flags and yellow flags
- Relevant biomechanical concepts, including osteokinematics, arthrokinematics and dynamics
- Basic physical examination principles and procedures commonly used in assessing simple musculoskeletal disorders of the periphery and spine, including neurological examination, vertebral artery testing, and related issues of reliability and validity
- Basic radiological and other medical investigations commonly ordered for simple musculoskeletal disorders, including interpretation
- Introductory workplace and sports technique analysis, including lifting, ergonomic principles and preventive strategies
- Physiotherapeutic and non-physiotherapeutic management of common simple musculoskeletal disorders of the periphery and spine, including fractures, dislocations, joint disorders, soft tissue injuries, principles of treatment, complications, prognosis and progression
- Passive joint and neural tissue mobilisation: basic techniques and indications/contraindications for common simple musculoskeletal disorders
- Exercise prescription: basic procedures, preventive applications and indications/contraindications for common simple musculoskeletal disorders
- Taping: basic techniques, prophylactic applications and indications/contraindications for common simple musculoskeletal disorders
- Orthotics, splints and plasters: basic procedures, complications and indications/contraindications for common simple musculoskeletal disorders
- Patient education strategies, including those related to posture, daily activities and exercise
- Psychosocial considerations in managing patients with common simple musculoskeletal disorders, including compliance
- Biological basis and empirical evidence for basic musculoskeletal physiotherapy interventions, including passive mobilisation, exercise therapy and supportive applications
- Ethical, lifespan, gender, cultural and legal issues relevant to the management of common simple musculoskeletal disorders
- Outcome measures for common simple musculoskeletal disorders, including reliability, validity and responsiveness
- Clinical reasoning skills needed for planning and interpreting the clinical examination of common simple musculoskeletal disorders, in addition to planning and implementing the rehabilitation program
- Critical writing skills
Replacing Course(s)None
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHTY1010, PHTY1020, PHTY1030, HUBS1105, PHTY2010
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Practical
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)Written assignment
Other: (please specify)Practical/Viva examination
This assessment must be passed in order to pass the overall course (PHTY2020)
Contact HoursPractical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of PHTY1020 and concurrent enrolment with PHTY2010.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHTY2020