Orthopaedic Medicine Course

ORTHOPAEDIC MEDICINE – also known as musculoskeletal medicine – is a method of clinical examination, diagnosis and treatment of non-surgical musculoskeletal lesions commonly seen in primary care.

This very practical course is open to doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and podiatrists who wish to improve their knowledge of applied anatomy, learn simple methods of clinical assessment leading to accurate differential diagnoses and employ effective manual treatments.

It is divided into two peripheral and two spinal two day modules, followed by a practical examination.  Fifty percent of course time is “hands-on” in small groups with individual tuition by qualified instructors.

Instructors are all Fellows in Orthopaedic Medicine trained by Stephanie Saunders FCSP FSOM who is a experienced practitioner and worldwide lecturer, and author of the best selling Injection Techniques in Musculoskeletal Medicine textbook.


  • To further understanding of functional biomechanics, anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system, in the light of current research
  • To develop analytical skill in the assessment of musculoskeletal disorders and their underlying pathology
  • To enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning knowledge
  • To allow critical use of this newly acquired expertise in order to formulate appropriate and effective treatment regimes
  • To encourage constant evaluation of these regimes
  • To introduce complex manual treatment skills, including manipulation, which require critical analysis and evaluation of patient response
  • To foster inter-professional understanding, relationships and communication
LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Show developed ability to apply functional biomechanics in clinical assessment
  • Demonstrate competent assessment of increasingly complex disorders
  • Show increased confidence in differential diagnoses
  • Use enhanced expertise to direct treatment to the exact site of the lesion
  • Demonstrate high levels of competency in manual therapy
  • Show evidence of critical evaluation of the effects of treatment.
  • Devise and develop treatment programmes in the light of new evidence
  • Demonstrate competence in the review and evaluation of treatment programmes


 Student Comments

  • Tutors are very knowledgeable, approachable and encouraging. They challenge our knowledge.
  • Interesting and relevant patient stories helped my understanding.
  • I felt so much more confident about assessing and diagnosing patients at the end of this course.
  • If only I had received this training as a student!