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PHTY3081: PT in Musculoskeletal Conditions C

This unit will integrate knowledge from earlier units of study and develop the skills required for primary care 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 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 imaging studies, pharmacology, the assessment and treatment of patients recovering from orthopaedic surgery, as well as the biomechanical principles of exercise prescription and interventions that reduce joint load.

Code PHTY3081
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the aetiology, pathological changes, signs and symptoms, assessment and prognosis of musculoskeletal conditions with more complex presentations
  • LO2. identify clinical signs suggestive of serious or sinister pathology, and implications for physiotherapy professional scope of practice within the healthcare team
  • LO3. apply latest evidence-based-practice into the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions throughout the body
  • LO4. understand and apply the clinical biomechanical principles of tissue load reduction and exercise prescription
  • LO5. identify and incorporate eHealth solutions into clinical practice
  • LO6. incorporate knowledge of diagnostic imaging and pharmacology into the physiotherapy management plan of musculoskeletal conditions.