Exercise and Acute Musculoskeletal Conditions

PHT60003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered both on-line and on-campus in Term 4 2020.
    Please check your timetable for on campus locations.

Contact hours

  • 60 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


HT4  Term 4

18 Sep 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
18 Sep 23

6 Oct 23

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Oct 23


Admission to MA-PHYS Master of Physiotherapy

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with the knowledge, practical clinical skills and contemporary evidence to effectively assess, treat and manage acute individuals from diverse backgrounds who have acute orthopaedic and musculoskeletal presentations. This unit develops clinical reasoning that underlies the differential diagnosis of common acute musculoskeletal conditions based on the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model utilising validated outcome measures focusing on peripheral joints. Students will link their assessment to evidence-based treatment strategies that includes a focus on exercise.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Evaluate how musculoskeletal tissues respond to acute trauma, healing process and the role of physiotherapy in maximising recovery.
2. Examine acute orthopaedic presentations post-surgery.
3. Critically evaluate and synthesise the research evidence that supports the differential diagnosis and management of acute and post-surgical orthopaedic conditions.
4. Evaluate and safely apply effective physiotherapy intervention in acute orthopaedic surgery including exercise and utilising appropriate technologies.
5. Use appropriate outcome measures to evaluate and develop clinical reasoning with regards to the management of post-surgical and acute musculoskeletal conditions.
6. Develop inter-disciplinary physiotherapy management plans for patients/clients with post-orthopaedic surgery and acute musculoskeletal conditions.
7.Interpret and effectively communicate clinical knowledge to patients/clients, carers and other stakeholders while taking socio-economic and cultural factors into consideration