Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Course code PHTY3090Units 10Level 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. The course includes advanced studies in sports physiotherapy, occupational health, manual therapy and orthopaedic physiotherapy.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012
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 understanding of the physiotherapist's role in promoting wellness as relevant to the musculoskeletal system;
9. effectively assess and treat complex paediatric musculoskeletal disorders;
10. 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.Procedures/preventive applications, indications/contraindications, adaptation and progression, including repeated spinal movements, spinal stabilisation, n
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. Skills in oral presentation and teamwork
Replacing Course(s)PHTY3040 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II
TransitionCurrent course (PHTY3040 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II, 20 credit points) is a composite of the content of the two proposed new courses – PHTY3090 and PHTY3100. It would be expected that students failing PHTY3040 in 2011 will undertake both new courses in 2012 to demonstrate all required competencies.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHTY2020, HUBS2503, PHTY3050 (concurrent)
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Practical
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalWritten Examination
Presentations - GroupOral Presentation
PracticalPractical/VIVA Examination. These assessments must together be passed in order to pass the overall course (PHTY3090).
Contact HoursPractical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentB Physiotherapy
Compulsory Program ComponentCompulsory Program Component : Successful completion of PHTY2020 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHTY3090