Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I (PHTY5193)


The overall aim of this unit of study is to develop the skills required to safely and effectively apply a selection of electrophysical agents and to assess and prescribe exercise-based rehabilitation at the level of a student commencing musculoskeletal clinical practical placements. Specifically, the principles and application of therapeutic exercise for mobility, strength and coordination are explored and practised and the students will extend their knowledge and application of therapeutic skills to include regional musculoskeletal examination, manual therapy and electrical stimulation. This unit will integrate knowledge from foundation science units of study. The unit also explores the physiology, psychology, measurement and management of pain. Students will develop the ability to search, select and evaluate interventions (randomized controlled trials) based on clinical reasoning and principles of evidence-based practice. This unit of study lays the foundation for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2 (MS2),MS3, MS4, and MS5.

Further unit of study information


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


1000-wd written report (30%), end semester practical assessment (20%), end semester written exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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.