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MSME705 Regional Disorders - Spine

An evaluation of the structure, function, disorders, and diseases of the vertebral column and its associated tissues. Includes an overview of anatomy, biomechanics, pathology, clinical assessment and treatment options.

MSME 705 is the one of two papers focusing on common musculoskeletal disorders. The paper includes an overview of anatomy, biomechanics, pathology, assessment approaches and treatment options for musculoskeletal problems originating in the spine and associated tissues. Back and neck pain continue to be the most commonly encountered pain problems in primary care, with low-back pain being the most frequently recorded problem for both the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and those receiving health-related benefits. By developing an in-depth understanding of spine-related problems, clinicians will gain confidence to diagnose and manage these problems in primary care. This paper has a biomedical approach, and non-pharmacological approaches such as exercise or psychological treatments are not discussed.

Paper title Regional Disorders - Spine
Paper code MSME705
Subject Musculoskeletal Medicine
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,369.88
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,562.50

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGCertMSM, PGDipHealSc, PGDipMSM, PGDipPhty, MPhty
Paper Structure
MSME 705 consists of eight modules, taught sequentially, using both online resources and fortnightly teaching sessions.

Modules will cover the following topics:
  • Spine anatomy and biomechanics
  • Spine imaging
  • Clinical approaches to spinal pain
  • The intervertebral disc
  • Spondylolysis/listhesis, deformities, fractures and dislocations
  • Cervical and thoracic spinal pain
  • The lumbar spine and pelvis
Eligibility
Appropriately qualified health professionals such as medical practitioners, physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, etc.
Contact
orthopaedics.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor Dr Jim Borowczyk, with assistance from spinal and radiological experts
Teaching Arrangements
Material is delivered electronically and is distance taught. There are eight fortnightly online teaching sessions.
Textbooks
A useful reference text is:

Clinical Anatomy of the Lumbar Spine and Sacrum by Nikolai Bogduk.

Another useful reference text for those in clinical practice is:

Netter's Concise Orthopaedic Anatomy

These books are available from both The Book Depository and Amazon.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will have a detailed knowledge of the common medical and surgical conditions affecting the spine. Students will be able to incorporate this knowledge into their health practice and be able to diagnose and refer patients on for further appropriate therapy.

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Further Information

Rebekah Higgs
Departmental / Programmes Manager
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 364 1086
Email rebekah.higgs@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

An evaluation of the structure, function, disorders, and diseases of the vertebral column and its associated tissues. Includes an overview of anatomy, biomechanics, pathology, clinical assessment and treatment options.

MSME 705 is the one of two papers focusing on common musculoskeletal disorders. The paper includes an overview of anatomy, biomechanics, pathology, assessment approaches and treatment options for musculoskeletal problems originating in the spine and associated tissues. Back and neck pain continue to be the most commonly encountered pain problems in primary care, with low-back pain being the most frequently recorded problem for both the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and those receiving health-related benefits. By developing an in-depth understanding of spine-related problems, clinicians will gain confidence to diagnose and manage these problems in primary care. This paper has a biomedical approach, and non-pharmacological approaches such as exercise or psychological treatments are not discussed.

Paper title Regional Disorders - Spine
Paper code MSME705
Subject Musculoskeletal Medicine
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,397.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,745.00

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGCertMSM, PGDipHealSc, PGDipMSM, PGDipPhty, MPhty
Eligibility
Appropriately qualified health professionals such as medical practitioners, physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, etc.
Contact
orthopaedics.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Jim Borowczyk, with assistance from spinal and radiological experts
Paper Structure
MSME 705 consists of eight modules, taught sequentially, using both online resources and fortnightly teaching sessions.

Modules will cover the following topics:
  • Spine anatomy and biomechanics
  • Spine imaging
  • Clinical approaches to spinal pain
  • The intervertebral disc
  • Spondylolysis/listhesis, deformities, fractures and dislocations
  • Cervical and thoracic spinal pain
  • The lumbar spine and pelvis
Teaching Arrangements
Material is delivered electronically and is distance taught. There are eight fortnightly online teaching sessions.
Textbooks
A useful reference text is:

Clinical Anatomy of the Lumbar Spine and Sacrum by Nikolai Bogduk.

Another useful reference text for those in clinical practice is:

Netter's Concise Orthopaedic Anatomy

These books are available from both The Book Depository and Amazon.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will have a detailed knowledge of the common medical and surgical conditions affecting the spine. Students will be able to incorporate this knowledge into their health practice and be able to diagnose and refer patients on for further appropriate therapy.

^ Top of page

Further Information

Rebekah Higgs
Departmental / Programmes Manager
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 364 1086
Email rebekah.higgs@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard