PTY-40055 - Essentials of Manual Therapy Assessment
Coordinator: Victoria Pearsall Room: N/A Tel: +44 1782 7 34557
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at newly qualified physiotherapists who have some clinical experience treating patients with joint and soft tissue dysfunction at undergraduate level. It would also be suitable for therapists returning to the profession following a break from practice. In addition it would be a useful module for therapists who wish to further develop their skills or to consolidate their knowledge.
Candidates should normally have a first or second-class honours degree in a relevant subject which includes knowledge in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology and pain.





Barred Combinations

None


Description for 2022/23

The module will focus on enhancing skills, knowledge, clinical reasoning and decision making required for therapists in order to assess joint and soft tissue dysfunction.
The module is ideal for therapists who are recently qualified and wish to consolidate and further their knowledge and skills in Manual Therapy but will be equally beneficial for therapists who are returning to practice and/or those who wish to update.
The module is both theoretical and practical, running over two separate weeks allowing for consolidation of information between the teaching periods.

Aims
To broaden the students knowledge in the areas of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology, symptomatology and mechanisms of pain in specific areas.

To facilitate the students ability to demonstrate appropriate interpretation of assessment findings, clinical reasoning, differential diagnosis and decision making in the field of joint dysfunction.
To promote the students reflective approach to examination and assessment of joint dysfunction.
To enable the student to perform a high level of skill in manual therapy examination and assessment procedures and adapt these appropriately to specific cases of joint dysfunction.

To promote critical appraisal of theories and current research in the field of manual therapy.


Intended Learning Outcomes

discuss the pathology and symptomatology of joint and soft tissue dysfunction; will be achieved by assessments: Summative 01
identify clinical presentations, analyse complex pathological presentations and their symptomatology in relation to establishing a clinical diagnosis; will be achieved by assessments: Summative 01
demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge base of anatomy, physiology, tissue biomechanics, and concepts of pain in relation to joint and soft tissue dysfunction; will be achieved by assessments: Summative 01
demonstrate a Masters level of skill in analytical examination, differential testing and assessment of joint and soft tissue dysfunction and recording patient data; will be achieved by assessments: Summative 01
justify clinical decisions, incorporating assessment modification, dictated by the interpretation of assessment findings and guided by continuous analytical evaluation and reflection; will be achieved by assessments: Summative 01
demonstrate a high level of skill in the implementation of manual therapy assessment modalities, including an evaluative approach to indications, contraindications and precautions; will be achieved by assessments: Summative 01
demonstrate problem-solving skills, justify clinical decision-making and evaluate clinical outcomes; will be achieved by assessments: Summative 01
critically discuss good clinical practice for joint and soft tissue dysfunction in the light of up to date standards and guidelines; will be achieved by assessments: Summative 01
critically appraise current literature in the field of joint and soft tissue dysfunction, and discuss the issues involved in researching manual therapy concepts. will be achieved by assessments: Summative 01

Study hours

150 student study hours including 55 student contact hours. (many of these hours have a practical component so extra contact time is allowed for the students to gain adequate skills under supervision)


School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Practical Assessment weighted 100%
Summative, Interactive Practical Assessment
Summative Assessment: Interactive Practical Assessment (IPA) - 100% weighting. 45 minutes. During the module the student is expected to produce a reflective portfolio of case studies. The cases should have been managed by the student. The portfolio will form the basis for the focus of the IPA. During the IPA the student will be asked questions relating to the case studies within the portfolio and will also be asked to demonstrate and justify a selection of manual therapy examination procedures. Overall, either through the portfolio or the IPA, the student will be expected to: - Discuss the related theoretical underpinning of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology, symptomatology and mechanisms of pain for the case history chosen. Demonstrate appropriate interpretation of assessment findings, clinical reasoning, differential diagnosis and decision-making. Demonstrate on a model, safe and appropriate handling skills in the application and adaptation of a broad range of examination and assessment skills. Argue the underlying theories and justification of chosen manual therapy examination skills. Discuss the general philosophies and controversies behind manual therapy. Provide evidence of a broad range of critical reading.