Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 4 (PHTY5199)


This unit of study is part of the musculoskeletal curriculum that develops knowledge and skills required by a graduate physiotherapist in the primary care management of musculoskeletal disorders in the general population. This unit provides students with the bases of assessment and treatment planning and application for uncomplicated musculoskeletal conditions affecting the upper limbs and cervical and thoracic regions of the spine. Students will develop the ability to select and implement interventions based on clinical reasoning, principles of evidence-based practice and safety. Students will also consider the impact of surgical intervention on physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal conditions.. At the completion of this unit student will have demonstrated theoretical knowledge, clinical reasoning and competency in assessment and treatment at a level sufficient to commence student practicum.

Further unit of study information


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


Mid semester practical assessment (30%), end semester practical assessment (30%), end semester written exam (40%)


Brukner P and Khan K (2012): Clinical Sports Medicine (4th Ed). Sydney: McGraw-Hill

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge



PHTY5198 and PHTY5194

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.