This unit will integrate knowledge from earlier units of study and develop the skills required for the management of musculoskeletal conditions with a more complex presentation. Students learn to distinguish patients with non-specific pain from those suspected of having underlying disease/pathology. The unit covers the differential diagnosis, clinical course and prognostic factors of common musculoskeletal conditions. Students will develop the ability to select and implement interventions based on clinical reasoning, principles of evidence-based practice and safety. Emphasis will be placed on differential diagnosis, musculoskeletal surgical procedures and post-surgical protocols, and the biomechanics of joint load reduction.
4x1-hr lectures and 2x2-hr tutorial /wk over 6 weeks, plus an online module
1 x end-semester practical/viva exam (30%), and 1x2-hr end-semester written exam (70%)
Note that 90% attendance is required in tutorials
PHTY5203 and PHTY5204