The principles, rules and clinical relevance of referred pain and its relevance in musculoskeletal medicine and clinical examination.
Histology of normal connective tissue, pathology of injury, inflammation and repair and the principles of treatment.
Peripheral joints of the upper limb
Anatomy, surface anatomy and marking.
History and practical demonstration and experience of examination of the joints.
Pathology of common musculoskeletal lesions of upper limb joints and differential diagnosis.
Practical demonstration and application of manual treatment techniques (including indications, precautions and contraindications).
• Anatomy, including detailed surface anatomy.
• Subjective and objective examination and differential diagnosis.
• Practical demonstration and application of manual treatment techniques (including indications, precautions and contraindications).
• The management of acute, sub-acute and chronic neck pain.
• Posture training and advice for avoidance of future episodes.
Masters programmes: MSc APP, MSc APHSC and MSc SEM
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the mastery of the complex skills required to effectively diagnose and treat musculoskeletal problems of the upper limb, and the cervical and thoracic spine.
- Critically evaluate and reflect on the use of musculoskeletal medicine.
- Develop reasoned arguments in order to evaluate clinical scenario and decision making.
- Synthesise and analyse research findings in order to make value judgements about their contribution to the clinical evidence base.
- Engage effectively in debate, evaluating a variety of viewpoints in a professional manner to produce detailed and coherent arguments.
This is a level 7 Masters Unit
There are two elements of assessment
- Clinical case study – 2,250 words (50%)
- Practical patient examination (50%)
Students will demonstrate via the case study, a questioning, comparative, reflective and evaluative approach to the application of musculoskeletal medicine for upper limb and the cervical and thoracic spine conditions and critically apply this theory to their practice.
The practical exam will take the form of an assessment and treatment of a ‘mock’ patient with an upper limb, cervical or thoracic spine dysfunction, and a critical discussion.