This topic provides students with an overview of the normal structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system and functional consequences of common injuries and diseases. This will include the normal macroscopic structure of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves, and how this relates to normal anatomical function including posture and movement control. The major muscles of the body, their skeletal attachments, actions in common activities and common mechanisms of injury will be introduced. Students will learn how to recognise the major neural plexuses and peripheral nerves and their area of supply to muscle groups and skin, and to identify the impact of injury on motor and sensory function.
This topic aims to equip students with a foundation in functional anatomy of the human musculoskeletal system that they can apply to clinical problem solving and the selection of appropriate interventions for addressing clinical problems related to dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system.