Differensialdiagnostikk og laboratoriesvar

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The student will gain thorough knowledge about medical conditions that could be mistaken for musculoskeletal disorders, as well as gain knowledge in use of the most common laboratory examinations.


The course will cover central fields used as background information when practicing manual therapy, in the fields of neurology, rheumatology, use of medication, orthopedics, vertigo, pain psychology, internal medicine, oncology and urology.

An introduction to laboratory analyses and a review of the different laboratory tests related to clinics, focusing on the most common analyses and tests used in primary clinics are given. Various laboratory tests are accounted for (what kind, why, default values, deviations etc.).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course

the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • has thorough knowledge and insight in pathology related to musculoskeletal disorders, including current differential diagnoses in this category, as well as insight in diagnostic tools as e.g. laboratory analyses
  • has insight in systemic conditions that may cause musculoskeletal pain
  • is familiar with relevant laboratory tests and their discriminating ability related to serious diseases. The student should have basic knowledge in the field of laboratory analyses related to clinical use


The student

  • can interpret signs and symptoms of underlying disease
  • can, if necessary, refer patients to hospital or specialist service

General competence:

The student

  • Has knowledge of the most common diseases which can mimic signs of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Has knowledge about the role and responsibility of being the primary point of musculoskeletal care

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Spring and Autumn
Access to the Course
Manual Therapy
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching in differential diagnostics and laboratory analyses are given as lectures, group work and self-study, and is related to clinical examples and conditions.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Compulsory attendance
Forms of Assessment
2 hours written exam
Grading Scale
Grading scale is Passed / Fail