HSPT603 – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

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Module code
HSPT603
Module title
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Prescription
To develop physiotherapy knowledge and clinical skills for the management of people living with basic disorders of the musculoskeletal system across the lifespan.
Programmes
  • HS1901
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
15
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
150
Resources required
Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.
Learning Outcomes
1. Apply biomedical and behavioural scientific knowledge and relevant lifespan, gender, cultural, legal and ethical factors to the evaluation and management of basic musculoskeletal disorders.
2. Apply introductory clinical reasoning skills and decision making in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice.
3. Demonstrate a safe and appropriate basic subjective and physical examination, intervention and evaluation for basic musculoskeletal disorders.
4. Communicate in an effective, culturally responsive manner in both verbal and written forms.
5. Appraise the role of the client, whnau and other health and social care professionals in the interprofessional team for the holistic management of clients with a musculoskeletal disorder.
Content
This module will include clinical observation (minimum of 30 hours across the semester)
Aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of common simple musculoskeletal disorders, including fractures, dislocations, joint disorders and soft tissue injuries
History taking for clients presenting with common simple musculoskeletal disorders, including red flags and yellow flags
Culturally responsive practice for working with Maaori and Pasifika people with musculoskeletal disorders
Interprofessional practice in musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Relevant biomechanical concepts, including osteokinematics, arthrokinematics and dynamics
Basic physical examination principles and procedures commonly used in assessing simple musculoskeletal disorders of the periphery and spine
Basic radiological and other medical investigations commonly ordered for simple musculoskeletal disorders
Introductory workplace and sports technique analysis
Physiotherapeutic and non-physiotherapeutic management of common simple musculoskeletal disorders of the periphery and spine
Conservative and surgical management of common simple musculoskeletal disorders
Basic treatment techniques and indications/contraindications for common simple musculoskeletal disorders
Taping, orthotics, splints and plasters: basic techniques/procedures, applications, complications, indications/contraindications for common simple musculoskeletal disorders
Safe practical application of electrotherapy for musculoskeletal disorders
Biological basis and empirical evidence for basic musculoskeletal physiotherapy interventions.
Ethical, lifespan, gender, cultural and legal issues relevant to the management of common simple musculoskeletal disorders
Outcome measures for common simple musculoskeletal disorders
Clinical reasoning skills needed for planning and interpreting the clinical examination of common simple musculoskeletal disorders
Physiotherapist's role in promoting wellness as relevant to the musculoskeletal system
Clinical observation (minimum of 30 hours across the semester) and working in a physiotherapy-related clinical setting with aims to:
Effectively gather client information and communicate with empathy
Perform a subjective examination and formulate a basic treatment plan
Demonstrate professional behaviours consistent with a registered physiotherapist in the clinical setting
Assessment Criteria
Practice Based Assessment - this assessment must be passed to pass the module.
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components including evidence of minimum of 30 hours of clinical observation.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes, and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module.

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