The proliferation of special tests used in musculoskeletal examination has left the clinician with a vast array of physical tests at their disposal. Special Tests in Musculoskeletal Examination is a handy one-stop guide with over 150 peripheral tests. The clinical context and evidence base is thoroughly explored and the addition of clinical tips and expert opinion will enable the clinician to select the most appropriate tests and interpret the results.

    Key Features

  • Step-by-step description for each test
  • Clear photographic illustrations
  • 'At a glance' presentation of the background evidence
  • Detailed clinical context
  • Comprehensive referencing of orthopaedic special tests
  • Clinical tips

When, Why and How?

The need to understand the significance of the many extra or special tests as well as reproduce them accurately has created a demand for this course programme that provides a clear explanation of when and why each test should be used and how to perform the manoeuvres accurately. The programme covers the theory underpinning the use of special tests in the examination and blends this with clinically relevant anatomy, the significance of a positive test, appropriate investigations with hands-on practical time supervised by experienced clinical tutors.

  • Understand the evidence base around special tests
  • Perform the tests accurately
  • Review functional anatomy and biomechanics relevant to special tests
  • Integrate tests into your clinical practice and review appropriate imaging
  • Problem solving/case scenarios and practical time

Who is it for?

All clinicians involved in managing musculoskeletal disorders including physiotherapists, extended scope practitioners, doctors, GPWSI, osteopaths, chiropractors, sports therapists etc. The course is not suitable for undergraduate students. A minimum of 2 years MSK clinical experience is recommended.

Course Tutors

Paul Hattam MSc, MCSP, FSOM is co-author of ‘Special Tests – an evidence based guide for clinicians’ published by Elsevier in 2010. He has many years of clinical experience having worked both in private practice and as an extended scope practitioner within the NHS.  

Jill Kerr MSc, MCSP, FSOM is co-author of ‘A Practical Approach to Orthopaedic Medicine’ also published by Elsevier in 2010 and works in private practice. Both tutors teach extensively in the UK and have also taken the opportunity to lecture in Spain, Portugal, Italy and the USA.

About the authors
Paul Hattam and Alison Smeatham are physiotherapists with a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine, having accumulated many years of experience treating patients both in the National Health Service and in private practice. They were among the first extended scope physiotherapists (ESPs) to establish orthopaedic triage in primary care during the 1990s, a model that was subsequently evaluated and reproduced throughout the UK. They completed a musculoskeletal master’s programme in 2002/3 and retain a keen interest in research in their area of specialty. Both tutor regularly on postgraduate courses for doctors and physiotherapists in musculoskeletal medicine as well as being actively involved in educational programmes closer to their homes. Paul now leads the team at The Physios in Sheffield, UK, while Alison works as an ESP with the specialist hip team at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre in Exeter, UK.

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