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Physiotherapy: Orthopaedic Manual Therapy 15 credits

Fysioterapi: Ortopedisk manuell terapi
First cycle, S0095H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and 150 credits of completed course requirements in the degree programme for the professional qualification in physiotherapy consisting of knowledge in examining, assessing and treating functional limitations in mobility (S0071H/S0080H, S0073H/S0081H and S0045H/S0082H).

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The objective of the course is for the students to gain knowledge in general and specific examination techniques for the analysis of functional problems in the back and the extremities. Furthermore, the participant should be able to carry out analysis of pain and its origin and be familiar with indications and contraindications for manual treatment as well as being able to use this knowledge in an evidence-based way on a daily basis. After establishing the functional diagnosis, the participant should also be able to perform adequate manual treatment and to compile an appropriate home programme with the purpose of pain alleviation or improvement in function.

  On completion of the course, the student should, based on a scientific foundation and current laws and regulations, and with an ethical attitude, be able to:

  1. Have good manual skills in general and specific examination technique for functional problems in the back and extremities.
  2. Based on medical science and best practice analyse and evaluate pain and its origin and be familiar with indications and contraindications for manual treatment. 
  3. From an evidence-based perspective suggest physiotherapy treatment strategies with the purpose of pain alleviation or improvement in function.
  4. From an evidence-based perspective carry out adequate manual treatment.
  5. Compile a scientifically designed report that summarises the state of the art in a chosen area of orthopaedic manual physiotherapy.
The course objectives are also designed in accordance with inernational recommendations (see IFOMP's Standard Educational Document,

Practical proficiency training in physiotherapy methods of examination, function assessment and treatment of individuals with functional problems in the back and extremities.

Theoretical subject knowledge in:  

  • Motor learning
  • Motor control
  • Functional anatomy and biomechanics
  • Physiology and pathophysiology for muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage.
  • Pain physiology
  • The importance of movement, physical activity and other factors that are important for health and recovery are treated during teaching sessions and in individual work.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course contains lectures comprising functional anatomy, biomechanics, clinical syndromes and pain conditions. Differential diagnosis is also treated, as well as the basic principles of examination and treatment techniques in OMT. Demonstrations and practical exercises take place in groups and include general and specific examination techniques for the neuromusculoskeletal system. Also included are treatment techniques for specific mobilisation and manipulation along with stability training, treatment of pain conditions, muscle stretching techniques, home programs as well as group assignments dealing with patient cases. The student will also, individually and/or in groups, implement and prepare various advanced assignments.

In all tuition forms, the student is stimulated and encouraged to carry out problem-solving and to have a critical reflective attitude.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
  • Objectives 1-4 are examined through oral/practical examination. 
  • Objectives 2-5 are examined through written report.
  • Objectives 2-5 are examined through presenting, discussing and reflecting on clinical practice based on theory and scientific evidence at a seminar. 

Grading criteria for fail, pass and pass with distinction are stated in the study guide.

The course corresponds to OMT step 1.
Study plan is provded in the course room in Canvas.

Inger Jacobson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2022 Sp 1
Kaltenborn, F (2014). Manual Mobilization of the Joints - The Extremities 8th Edition. Norli förlag, Norge,ISBN-10: 8270540706
Kaltenborn, F (2011). Manual Mobilization of the Joints - The Spine 6th (?) Edition. Norli förlag, Norge,ISBN 9780011992020.
Kosek, E., Lampa, J. & Nisell, R. (red.) (2019). Smärta och inflammation: vid reumatiska sjukdomar och vanliga smärttillstånd i rörelseapparaten. (Andra upplagan). Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Linton, S. (2013). Att förstå patienter med smärta. Studentlitteratur. ISBN: 9789144076171.
Olsson H. & Sörensen S. (2011) Forskningsprocessen, kvalitativa och kvantitativa perspektiv. Uppl 3. 2011. Stockholm: Liber.
Petty, N. (ed.) (2011), Neuromusculoskeletal Examination and Assessment 4’ed. Churchill-Livingstone Elsevier, London, Storbritannien. ISBN: 9780702029905
Shacklock, M. (2005) Clinical Neurodynamics: A new System of Musculoskeletal Treatment — includes CD-ROM. Elsevier, Oxford, Storbritannien. ISBN: 9780750654562

Scientific articles to be added.
Appropriate anatomy and physiology book

Available in full text:

Petty NJ, editor. Neuromusculoskeletal examination and assessment [Elektronisk resurs] : a handbook for therapists. 4th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2011.
Shacklock MO. Clinical neurodynamics [Elektronisk resurs] : a new system of musculoskeletal treatment. Edinburgh: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann; 2005

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Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Oral practical examinationU G VG *10.00MandatoryS16
0002Scientific method - Report with seminarU G VG *5.00MandatoryS16

Syllabus established
by 21 May 2015

Last revised
by Anna Öqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Health, Education and Technology 11 Feb 2022