Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy E (PHTY3070)


This unit of study aims to provide a detailed approach to history taking and performance of the physical examination for a patient with disorders of the cervical and thoracic spine. With the integration of communication and listening skills, application of sound physical testing procedures and clinical reasoning, the aim is to enable students to diagnose, triage and manage patients with cervical or thoracic musculoskeletal pain who present to primary and secondary care. In addition, students will be able to determine appropriate evidence-based management strategies for patients with cervical or thoracic musculoskeletal problems and design appropriate treatment progression. This unit of study builds on skills and knowledge gained in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A (MS A) and MS B, complements MS C and MS D and lays the foundations which will develop further skills in the management of more complex conditions in MS F.

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Further unit of study information


2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week


Mid semester practical assessment (20%), end semester viva/practical assessment (20%) and end semester written exam (60%)


Refshauge KM and Gass E (Eds) /Musculoskeletal physiotherapy : clinical science and evidence-based practice/2nd/2004/0750653566/ -- Jull G, Sterling M, Falla D, Treleaven J and O`Leary S/Whiplash, headache and neck pain/2008/9780443100475/

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Unit of study rules


PHTY2054 and PHTY2055


PHTY3068 and PHTY3069

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.