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    An evaluation of the structure, function, disorders and diseases of the limbs. Includes an overview of anatomy, biomechanics, pathology, clinical assessment and treatment options.

    This is the second of two papers focusing on common medical and surgical disorders affecting the limbs and peripheral joints. A systematic approach to pathology, clinical features, diagnosis and management from a biomedical perspective is taken.

    About this paper

    Paper title Regional Disorders - Limbs
    Subject Musculoskeletal Medicine
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,578.88
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGCertMSM, PGDipHealSc, PGDipMSM, PGDipPhty, MPhty
    Appropriately qualified health professionals such as medical practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, osteopaths, chiropractors, etc.

    Further information

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    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
    University of Otago, Christchurch
    PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Tel +64 3 378 6161 

    Teaching staff

    Paper Convenor: Dr Stu Thomson, with input from various specialists including orthopaedic, musculoskeletal medicine and radiologists.

    Paper Structure

    The paper consists of eight modules covering the commonly encountered diseases and disorders of the limbs and peripheral joints. Topics include the use of imaging techniques in musculoskeletal diagnosis; disorders and diseases affecting the shoulder, forearm and elbow; wrist and hand; hip; knee; calf; and ankle and foot.

    Teaching Arrangements
    Material is delivered electronically and is distance taught. There are eight fortnightly online teaching sessions.

    Readings will be provided for students to access via the Library, with additional readings and other multimedia material provided via Blackboard.

    An additional useful reference text is Netter's 'Orthopaedic Clinical Examination' 3rd Edition by Joshua Clelend, Shane Koppenhaver and Jonathan Su. This is available from Amazon and The Book Depository and is used widely in the Musculoskeletal suite of papers.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will have a thorough grounding in the common medical and surgical conditions affecting the limbs and the peripheral joints. They will have the ability to apply this knowledge in the appropriate management of patients and clients that they see in their own clinical practice.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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