In this topic orthopaedics and musculoskeletal disorders across the life span will be covered from the perspective of underlying disease processes, presenting signs and symptoms, including radiological tests. This topic will introduce the student to assessment and treatment techniques used by physiotherapists in the management of orthopaedic and peripheral musculoskeletal disorders. The emphasis will be on observation, integration of anatomical and biomechanical knowledge and acquisition of skills of assessment and treatment. Clinical reasoning will be a linking theme throughout the sessions. The emphasis will be on skills of communication, safe and effective patient examination, diagnosis, management and outcome measurement. This topic will develop sound knowledge and skills assessment and treatment procedures that will be applied to patients with specific peripheral musculoskeletal conditions.
This topic aims to establish specific knowledge and skills related to physiotherapy for peripheral musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions. General principles of physiotherapy examination and treatment will be introduced, alongside methods of evaluating treatment outcomes.