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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.1666667 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Professor J Murtagh


This elective unit includes the following: history and epidemiology, nature of musculoskeletal pain, diagnostic processes including modern investigation techniques, management including pharmacological, physical, electro-mechanical, behavioural and biopsychosocial, spinal manipulation, joint and soft tissue injection techniques, and regional musculoskeletal disorders; neck, lower back, shoulder, elbow, hip and knee.


Objectives for learning musculoskeletal medicine:

  1. Foster clinical principles using common, relevant and interesting case based learning.
  2. Promote a keen awareness and appreciation of the importance of the basic anatomy and physiological function of the musculoskeletal system.
  3. Promote a basic understanding of the basic concepts of ergonomics of the spine, joints and soft tissues, especially muscles.
  4. Emphasise the concept of spontaneous natural healing and recovery.
  5. Acquisition of skills in the physical examination of joints including the spine and related neurological conditions.
  6. Emphasise an understanding of the various pain manifestations of mechanical pressure upon large nerves.
  7. Foster an appreciation of the human issues involved in injuries to the musculoskeletal system.


Journals (50%), Clinical Audit (50%)