Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II

Course code PHTY3040Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
1. apply biomedical and behavioural scientific knowledge to the evaluation and management of complex musculoskeletal disorders;
2. describe the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of selected complex musculoskeletal disorders;
3. adapt the clinical examination for more complex disorders of the musculoskeletal system, integrating advanced physical examination procedures;
4. appropriately select, modify as necessary, and correctly demonstrate advanced measurement and testing procedures commonly used in assessing musculoskeletal dysfunction;
5. describe the conservative and surgical management of selected complex musculoskeletal disorders;
6. appropriately select, modify as necessary, and correctly demonstrate advanced active and passive treatment procedures commonly used in the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction;
7. develop appropriate strategies of physiotherapy management to address functional requirements in the home, sport setting and occupational environment;
8. demonstrate a well developed clinical reasoning and evidence based approach to decision-making in musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical practice;
9. apply sophisticated treatment evaluation and intervention outcome processes appropriate for musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice;
10. discuss relevant lifespan, gender, cultural, legal and ethical considerations in performing advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy evaluation and treatment procedures;
11. demonstrate a well developed understanding of the physiotherapist's role in promoting wellness as relevant to the musculoskeletal system;
12. effectively assess and treat complex paediatric musculoskeletal disorders;
13. effectively collaborate with peers in developing and delivering an oral presentation.
Content1. Aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of selected complex musculoskeletal disorders, including fractures, dislocations, joint disorders, bone diseases, soft tissue injuries, connective tissue disorders, chronic pain, amputations
2. Advanced relevant biomechanical concepts, including as related to sports and workplace injuries
3. Advanced physical examination principles and procedures commonly used in assessing complex musculoskeletal disorders of the periphery and spine, including vertebral combined movements, PPIVMs, repeated spinal movements and spinal instability testing, and related issues of reliability and validity
4. Sophisticated radiological and other medical investigations commonly ordered for musculoskeletal disorders, including basic interpretation of CT scans, MRI and ultrasound imaging
5. Physiotherapy intervention based on workplace and sports technique/biomechanical analysis and risk assessment, including work hardening and preventive and ergonomic strategies
6. Physiotherapeutic management of selected complex musculoskeletal disorders of the periphery and spine, including fractures, dislocations, joint disorders, soft tissue injuries, connective tissue disorders, chronic pain and amputations, as well as treatment principles, complications, prognosis and progression
7. Non-physiotherapeutic management of selected complex musculoskeletal disorders of the periphery and spine, including pharmacological and surgical treatment and associated complications
8. Multidisciplinary approach to the management of selected complex musculoskeletal disorders, including rheumatological conditions, amputations, joint replacements, tendon repairs
9. Advanced massage techniques, including trigger point therapy, connective tissue massage, acupressure
10. Passive joint and neural tissue mobilisation: advanced techniques and indications/contraindications, including spinal manipulation, mechanical traction, mobilisation with movement
11. Exercise prescription and hydrotherapy: advanced procedures/preventive applications, indications/contraindications, adaptation and progression, including repeated spinal movements, spinal stabilisation, strengthening, conditioning, periodisation
12. Taping: advanced techniques and prophylactic applications, including indications/contraindications
13. Orthotics, splints, plasters: advanced procedures, including complications and indications/contraindications
14. On field treatment of the athlete, including safety issues, first aid
15. Selection of electrophysical agents, including biofeedback, in the management of complex musculoskeletal disorders
16. Sophisticated patient education strategies, including those relevant to activity participation and exercise
17. Psychosocial considerations in managing patients with selected complex musculoskeletal disorders, including chronic pain and psychosocial risk factors (flags)
18. Biological basis and empirical evidence for advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy interventions, including manipulation, exercise therapy and massage therapy
19. Ethical, lifespan, gender, cultural and legal issues relevant to the management of selected complex musculoskeletal disorders, including peripartum pelvic pain and related physiological changes and gender differences in strength and flexibility
20. Sophisticated outcome measures, including the reliability, validity and responsiveness of functional measures
21. Modify and progress advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy interventions in response to changes in outcome measures
22. Clinical reasoning skills needed for planning and interpreting the clinical examination of more complex musculoskeletal disorders, in addition to planning and implementing an individual rehabilitation program
23. Physiotherapy evaluation and management of complex paediatric musculoskeletal disorders, including congenital and acquired
24. Skills in oral presentation and teamwork
Replacing Course(s)None
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHTY2020, HUBS2503, PHTY3050 (concurrent)
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Practical
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Clinical reasoning, including group oral presentation
*Practical/viva examinations
Written examination
*These assessments must together be passed in order to pass the overall course (PHTY3040).
Contact HoursPractical: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program.
Compulsory Program ComponentPHTY2020 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I