Tag Archive: Musculoskeletal Pathologies

With the surge of elective hip replacement surgeries throughout North America, knowing the what and how of this common procedure is essential to any orthopedic therapy practice.

The following handout has been created for use by acupuncture practitioners, but can also be used as a general guide for most practitioners working with musculoskeletal conditions. Although this guide is fairly simple in its scope of information, the goal was to provide a quick and concise reference for assessment and treatment of patients during pre-op and post-operative hip replacement.

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Hip Replacement Surgery – Practitioner Reference Guide


Here you will find an updated version of the Physical Examination Study Guide, now called “Orthopedic and Physical Examinations Study Guide”. This 26-page version includes new orthopedic and physical exams covered in the BMS232: Integrative Physical Examination curriculum, complete with larger font and images for ease of studying.

Please see the post from April 18, 2011 for more info.

Please post a comment below if you have any questions or feedback.

Happy studying!

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Orthopedic and Physical Examinations – Study Guide

This is the first portion of material covered in ACU322: Orthopedics and Traumatology at Pacific Rim College. The chart reviews common musculoskeletal conditions of the upper extremity, physical examinations for diagnostic purposes, related muscles, acupuncture motor points and insertion techniques, additional acupuncture point recommendations, and home care tips such as basic exercises and stretching.

Useful study aides to compliment this chart include Matt Callison’s Motor Point Index and Andrew Biel’s Trail Guide to the Body.

Note: Students new to these techniques must be accompanied by an experienced acupuncture practitioner.

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Orthopedics & Traumatology- Study Guide – Upper Extremity


If you’re looking for a quick and concise reference to orthopedic physical examinations, consider the Ortho App available on iTunes. Click on the link below for a detailed description and enhance your clinical experience with this innovative tool for both learning and practice.


Here is a concise reference guide about TMJD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The treatment protocols are geared towards acupuncturists, but the information is relative to all health-care practitioners. TMJD is a very common pathology seen in many acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, and physio clinical settings and therefore is important to be made aware of.

Of special interest to some acupuncturists are the motor points included in the treatment protocol. See the Motor Point Index: An Acupuncturists Guide to Locating and Treating Motor Points by Matt Callison for more info.

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TMJD – Practioner Reference Guide


This study guide is an incredible asset for BMS232: Integrative Physical Exam, any entry-level orthopedic/sport therapy course, or just for your own clinical training. If you don’t have prior experience with physical examinations, please consult with an experienced instructor before performing these exams on patients.

Credit for most of the information provided in this study guide is given to Dr. Anastasia Lander and Dr. James Lander.


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Orthopedic and Physical Examinations – Study Guide