Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1: Lower Quadrant

Module Overview

This module critically evaluates the assessment and management of the complexity of neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction of the lower quadrant to enable evidence-based management. This is achieved through a focus on the development of clinical reasoning and clinical expertise. Each region of the lower quadrant is considered critically by integrating all approaches to manipulative physiotherapy. This module is part of the programme approved by the MACP.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of lower quadrant dysfunction
  • Critically evaluate the existing approaches to the assessment and management of lower quadrant dysfunction in the context of Best Practice Evaluate and further develop their communication skills and manipulative physiotherapy manual skills
  • Justify decision making within the process of patient assessment and management
  • Evaluate and progress the management intervention in lower quadrant dysfunction
  • Critically analyse the psychosocial issues relevant to the assessment and management of lower quadrant dysfunction


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

99 hours

Module Dates 

  • 15, 16, 17 January 2018
  • 19, 20, 21 February 2018
  • 19, 20, 21 March 2018
  • 23, 24, 25, April 2018
  • 14 May 2018



  • 2000 word essay exploring issues of assessment and management of lower quadrant dysfunction; 50%.
  • Seminar presentation of a lower quadrant case history (and facilitation of discussion); 50%.

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Dr Alison Rushton

Stand Alone Course

This module can also be taken as a stand alone course if required. To apply, please contact the Programme Administrator:

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 3126

Entry requirements if taken as a stand alone course

Applicants must provide documented evidence of a minimum of 1500 hours experience post qualification of using manipulative physiotherapy within a neuromusculoskeletal context. (This is in line with the IFOMPT guidelines.)

Supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development during this experience will be required.

·         29 September 2016