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    A rehabilitation perspective on the assessment and management of musculoskeletal syndromes including back pain, regional pain disorders (including OOS), inflammatory arthritis, osteoarthritis and limb amputation.

    This paper aims to develop a more in-depth understanding of rehabilitation of a range of musculoskeletal disorders. Sufficient detail is provided for students without medical training to gain an understanding of assessments and treatment strategies. Commonalities between different musculoskeletal disorders, especially chronic pain management approaches, will be emphasised. Evaluation of treatment efficacy will be covered in some details to answer the question, "Does it work?".

    About this paper

    Paper title Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
    Subject Rehabilitation
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    MHealSc, PGDipRehab, PGCertRehab, PGDipPhty, PGDipHealSc, MPhty

    Suitable for people who hold a degree or diploma from a New Zealand university or are in an appropriate profession approved by the academic board.

    If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

    Teaching staff

    Dr Hemakumar Devan

    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    Regular interaction with classmates and paper tutors via Zoom videoconferencing and the online learning platform, Moodle. Additional on-line events to support whakawhanaunatunga (establishing relationships), and skills development, within the broader Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit learning community.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students successfully completing this paper will:

    • Gain an in-depth understanding of the theory and current literature relevant to assessment and management of musculoskeletal disorders
    • Develop the skills and knowledge to implement an evidence-based approach to the provision of rehabilitation for musculoskeletal disorders


    Not offered in 2024

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