Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 5 (PHTY5200)


The overall aim of this unit of study is to provide a detailed approach to assessment (including history taking and performing the physical examination) and management of patients with cervical spine or thoracic spine disorders. Students will be taught to diagnose, triage and manage patients with symptoms arising from the cervical spine or thoracic spine who present to primary and secondary care by integrating communication skills with sound physical testing procedures and clinical reasoning. In addition, students will be able to determine appropriate evidence-based practice (EBP) management strategies for patients with dysfunction of the cervical spine or thoracic spine and monitor the outcomes of treatment. This unit of study builds on skills and knowledge gained in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1 and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2, complements Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 3 and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 4 and lays the foundations which will develop further skills in the management of more complex conditions in Physiotherapy Healthcare and Society.

Further unit of study information


4-hr lecture/week, 4-hr tutorial/week This unit is delivered intensively over 6 weeks.


2hr exam (70%) and 10 min practical/viva (30%)


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/

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

PHTY5194 and PHTY5198 and PHTY5199

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.