PHS201 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice (16)


In this subject students will learn the fundamental principles and practical skills for the physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal conditions(including sports injuries). Students will learn to use a problem solving approach in the assessment and management of specific conditions that may affect the musculoskeletal system. Learning in this subject will initially focus on the thoraco-lumbar spine and lower limb and progress to the cervical spine and upper limb. Students enrolling in this subject are expected to have a substantive level of background knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system, foundation levels of knowledge of physiotherapy practice and a developing knowledge of biomechanics.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalOrange Campus
Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalOrange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS201
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and principles relevant to musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice;
  • Be able to communicate effectively in written and oral forms as relevant to the practice of musculoskeletal physiotherapy;
  • Be able to articulate and demonstrate a sound application of clinical reasoning processes and evidence-based based practice in musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Be able to develop an appropriate musculoskeletal physiotherapy intervention plan;
  • Be able to implement musculoskeletal physiotherapy interventions in a manner that will be safe and effective for clients;
  • Be able to evaluate the effectiveness and efficacy of musculoskeletal physiotherapy interventions;
  • Be able to demonstrate professional behaviour appropriate to physiotherapy.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • - Theoretical principles of musculoskeletal management
  • - Specific musculoskeletal history taking, imaging and physical examination procedures
  • - Musculoskeletal disorders and their implications for physiotherapy assessment and intervention
  • - The implications of signs and symptoms to the assessment and management of clients with musculoskeletal disorders
  • - Appropriate application of physiotherapy skills in the management of musculoskeletal disorders
  • - Outcome measures relevant to musculoskeletal physiotherapy intervention
  • - evidence-based practice in musculoskeletal physiotherapy


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.