Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 3 (PHTY5198)
UNIT OF STUDY
This unit of study develops the skills required for assessment and management of low back pain at a level to commence a musculoskeletal practicum. Students learn to 'triage' patients to distinguish patients with non-specific pain from those suspected of having underlying disease/pathology. The unit covers the basic epidemiology of spinal pain (risk factors, clinical course, prognostic factors) and the assessment of treatment outcome. The evidence base for management options is explored and students learn to apply a range of treatments such as education and advice, manual therapy, exercise, McKenzie therapy, etc. This unit will integrate knowledge from earlier foundation science and physiotherapy subjects. Students will develop the ability to select and implement interventions based on clinical reasoning, principles of evidence-based practice and safety. This unit of study builds on skills and knowledge learned in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1 and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2, complements that learned in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 4 and lays the foundation for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 5 and Physiotherapy, Healthcare and Society which will further develop skills and reasoning in more complex musculoskeletal conditions.
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2-hr lectures/week, 2-hr tutorials/week
Mid semester practical assessment (20%), end semester practical assessment (20%) and end semester written exam (60%)
Recommended reading Refshauge K, Gass E (2004): (eds) Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Clinical Science and Evidence-based Practice. (2nd ed) Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann. Maher C, Latimer J, Refshauge K (2000) Atlas of clinical tests and measures for low
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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge
PHTY5193 , PHTY5194
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