This unit introduces students' to clinical examination, medical tests and osteopathic management and treatment relevant to the conditions affecting the lumbopelvic region. With this unit, students continue to develop psychomotor skills in spinal manipulation therapy (SMT). Students develop their psychomotor skills in SMT on peers under close guidance from educators.
Students will build on previous knowledge on history taking skills and will learn how to develop focussed questions for a specific complaint. Clinical reasoning continues to be developed in this unit with a focus on patient presentations affecting the low back and there is an expectation students are now able to integrate information from a patient history, clinical examination and medical tests to justify their differential diagnoses relating to a presenting complaint.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
The first quiz assesses fundamental knowledge about history taking, common conditions and medical tests for complaints of the lumbopelvic region. The second quiz assesses student knowledge of diagnostic imaging and treatment and management strategies. These assessments are scaffolded to the group presentation, which involves developing a rationale for assessment and treatment of a case complaint and to the Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) where students demonstrate their assessment and treatment skills based on a case vignette on a peer model.
Students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):