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PS5108 - Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will further develop the students' knowledge and skills in musculoskeletal assessment and management, with a focus on manual therapy. Through a mix of practical workshops, patient assessments and on-line learning modules the subject is intended to develop advanced assessment skills for musculoskeletal conditions including the clinical reasoning process that underpins manual therapy. The philosophy of various manual therapy approaches including Maitland, McKenzie, Kaltenborn, Cyriax, Mennell, Mulligan and Edwards will be explored. The evidence base, safety considerations and where appropriate the medico-legal implications of musculoskeletal practice will be emphasised. Students will learn to apply the concept of forensic physiotherapy to the assessment and management of complex musculoskeletal presentations. This subject will address contemporary issues within physiotherapy practice, including recent research findings regarding pain and inflammation.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate the ability to access and appraise research and apply it in a clinical context;
  • understand key anatomical, pathophysiological and biomechanical aspects of selected vertebral and peripheral musculoskeletal injuries and conditions;
  • demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills to guide the assessment and treatment planning process for an individual with selected vertebral and peripheral musculoskeletal problems;
  • demonstrate advanced theoretical and practical clinical skills, including use of outcome measures, for vertebral and peripheral musculoskeletal disorders;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills both through analysing and discussing complex musculoskeletal case studies via on-line discussion with colleagues, and through patient interactions.


Townsville, Limited, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Face to face teaching (One 4 day workshop. Dates to be advised.)
Coordinator: Dr Helen Land
Lecturers: Dr Susan Gordon, Dr Helen Land.
Workload expectations:
  • 32 hours workshops/Seminars - One 4 day workshop
  • 24 hours - 24 hours of online lectures
Assessment: participation on-line discussion board (20%); assignments (40%); evidence based practice assignment (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.