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This learning plan for GPs covers musculoskeletal disorders encountered in general practice. Learning plans provide key learning points on diagnosis, management, follow-up and referral. You can undertake the whole plan to demonstrate that you have studied this area in depth, or use individual modules from the plan to complement your existing learning. You can claim credits for all the modules that you complete.
The in-depth clinical review in this learning plan covers:
This clinical review provides key information on prevalence, making a diagnosis, management and prognosis. A case study provides insight into the management of an individual patient while the evidence base provides references for further reading. This clinical review provides a suggested 1.5 credits towards your learning portfolio.
The red flag articles in this learning plan cover:
Each presents a quick guide to key symptoms that may warrant further investigation or urgent referral. Red flag articles provide a suggested 0.5 credits each.
Other articles in this plan cover:
This article by Jim Greenwood and Dr Mike Shipley provides an overview into the diagnosis and management of low back pain, including aetiology, investigations, and prognosis. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include classification of low back pain, the STarT Back questionnaire, red flags, and suitable analgesia.
Dr Pipin Singh advises on how to identify red flags in patients presenting with bone pain. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include how to ask patients to describe the pain, conducting a clinical examination and useful investigations.
Dr Louise Warburton, GP with a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine, describes her role and answers questions on back pain management, clinical assessment tools and rheumatoid arthritis.
Orthopaedic surgeon Mr Steven Cutts outlines what is involved in surgery for trigger finger. Key learning points for GPs and healthcare professionals include indications for surgery, surgical procedures and outcomes.
Dr Phil Marazzi presents scans and X-rays of non-malignant conditions. Each image is accompanied by commentary and key education points on conditions including hallux valgus, rheumatoid disease and osteoarthritis of the shoulder.