Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
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.
- Semester 2 - 2015
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.
- 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
- Advanced relevant biomechanical concepts, including as related to sports and workplace injuries
- 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
- Sophisticated radiological and other medical investigations commonly ordered for musculoskeletal disorders, including basic interpretation of CT scans, MRI and ultrasound imaging
- Physiotherapy intervention based on workplace and sports technique/biomechanical analysis and risk assessment, including work hardening and preventive and ergonomic strategies
- 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
- Non-physiotherapeutic management of selected complex musculoskeletal disorders of the periphery and spine, including pharmacological and surgical treatment and associated complications
- Multidisciplinary approach to the management of selected complex musculoskeletal disorders, including rheumatological conditions, amputations, joint replacements, tendon repairs
- Advanced massage techniques, including trigger point therapy, connective tissue massage, acupressure
- Passive joint and neural tissue mobilisation: advanced techniques and indications/contraindications, including spinal manipulation, mechanical traction, mobilisation with movement
- Procedures/preventive applications, indications/contraindications, adaptation and progression, including repeated spinal movements, spinal stabilisation, n
- Taping: advanced techniques and prophylactic applications, including indications/contraindications
- Orthotics, splints, plasters: advanced procedures, including complications and indications/contraindications
- On field treatment of the athlete, including safety issues, first aid
- Selection of electrophysical agents, including biofeedback, in the management of complex musculoskeletal disorders
- Sophisticated patient education strategies, including those relevant to activity participation and exercise
- Psychosocial considerations in managing patients with selected complex musculoskeletal disorders, including chronic pain and psychosocial risk factors (flags)
- Biological basis and empirical evidence for advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy interventions, including manipulation, exercise therapy and massage therapy
- 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
- Skills in oral presentation and teamwork
This course replaces the following course(s): PHTY3040. Students who have successfully completed PHTY3040 are not eligible to enrol in PHTY3090.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program.
Formal Examination: Formal Exam
Presentation: Oral presentation
In Term Test: Prac Viva
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks
Lectures and Practical components will take place in Weeks 1-5 and 10-13. Total 72 hours.