Musculoskeletal II expands on the knowledge gained in previous courses to discuss treatment progression and sequencing for musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Focus will be on identifying impairments through data collection and the physical therapist plan of care then developing clinical reasoning skills to design an appropriate treatment. Concepts of muscle action, joint motion, biomechanics, stage of condition and impairments due to dysfunction will be reinforced as clinical decision-making skills are developed. Common musculoskeletal conditions will be elaborated on for understanding of mechanism of injury, signs and symptoms, impairments and treatment. Students will practice manual therapy skills and correlate appropriate techniques to musculoskeletal conditions. Students will also practice relevant special tests as they recognize the role of the PTA in utilizing these tests in patient care. This course runs concurrently with Therapeutic Exercise to compliment development of treatments.
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