TCM Traumatology

August 11, 2015

General Information
Duration 1 semester (14 teaching weeks)
Level Year 3, Semester 6
Unit Weighting Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
Student Workload Number of timetabled hours per week: 4
Number of personal study hours per week: 6
Total workload hours per week: 10
Prerequisites/ Corequisites ACU207 TCM Practice 1 (Acupuncture Techniques) and CHM208 Chinese Herbal Medicine & Formulae 3
Academic Details
Description This unit addresses the theory and practice of TCM traumatology. The student will study the general function of muscles and tendons, understand the aetiology, pathogenesis and differentiation of syndromes for common conditions TCM traumatology. Students will learn about the treatment principles and strategies, the values and limitations for each condition using Chinese herbal formulae, acupuncture, massage and exercise methods. Lifestyle advice and dietary measures are included. The importance of a commitment to appropriate reporting of adverse events and the implementation of appropriate first aid measures when a patient displays an adverse reaction to treatment, consideration of relevant Australian healthcare issues including cultural/racial sensitivities and concerns, and prompt transfer to medical services where necessary will be emphasised. The desire to achieve excellence in the practice of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine and to contribute to improving both the quality of life of patients and the wellbeing of the community and the environment will be a key feature in the teaching and learning of this unit.
Learning outcomes Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the classification of injuries and wounds, the reactions of the body to injury, and the processes of healing.
  2. Critically analyse the aetiology, symptomatology, pathogenesis, CM diagnostic procedures (with association of appropriate application of physical examinations), differential diagnosis of the main traumatological disorders (including common fractures and dislocations, and the of soft tissue injuries) in appreciation of multi-cultural/multi-racial sensitivities and how these may affect the practice of CM.
  3. Critically determine the principles and apply appropriate external therapies (including manual reduction, Chinese herbal medicine and rehabilitation exercises) to contribute to improve the quality of life of patients and the wellbeing of the community and the environment within the Australian healthcare context.
  4. Critically evaluate strengths and limitations of TCM, cautions and contraindications that need to be considered in the treatment of traumatological disorders including the possible complications, adverse reactions to TCM treatment and manual therapies, interactions between the formula and others commonly used medications, and demonstrate the relevant management, referral and inter-professional practice when appropriate in the clinical or simulated settings.
Unit requirement To successfully complete the unit, students must: attend 80% of all the lectures and tutorial classes; attempt all assessment tasks including summative and formative assessments and achieve at least 50% of the total marks, and achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final examination.
Assessment Assessment 1: Practical Test (30%)

Assessment 2: Case Study Analysis (30%)

Assessment 3: Final Examination (50%)

Prescribed text * The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.

Marcus, A. (2005). Foundations for integrative musculoskeletal medicine: An east-west approach. Berkeley, Calif.: North Atlantic Books.

Recommended readings Legge, D., & Vance, K. (2012). Close to the bone: The treatment of musculo-skeletal disorder with acupuncture and other traditional chinese medicine (3rd ed.). Woy Woy, N.S.W: Sydney College Press.

Lü, S. (2008). Acupuncture for musculoskeletal injury (2nd ed.). Beijing: People’s Medical Publishing House.

Huang, G. C. (2003) Traumatology and Orthopaedics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai: Shanghai University of TCM Press

Zhang, E. Q. (1996). Clinic of traditional Chinese medicine. Shang-hai: Publishing House of Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.