RCGP Curriculum - 15.9 Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 15.9, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Photograph: SPL
Photograph: SPL

Musculoskeletal disorders are common, accounting for 15–20 per cent of GP consultations, and cause a significant amount of morbidity and disability.

Most musculoskeletal disorders are chronic conditions; their management presents a number of challenges to GPs. The GP has a particular role in the long-term management of chronic pain and disability. GPs may also be involved in life-saving procedures in patients who have suffered trauma. They are very likely to be involved in the pre-hospital management of less serious trauma and in the post-hospital management of all types of patients. GPs need to be aware of and deal with special situations such as non-accidental injury in both children and elderly people.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

In this section you will find articles on:

Symptoms

Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis

Chronic arthropathies

Injuries

Pain

Somatisation syndromes

Other conditions

Investigations

Treatment

Emergency care

Prevention

Other related articles

 

Symptoms

Inflammation
 
Injuries – cuts, bruises, burns, wounds, sprains, fractures
Loss of function – weakness, restricted movement, deformity and disability
Systemic manifestations – rashes, tiredness, nerve compression

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis

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Chronic arthropathies

Injuries

Fractures
 
Head injury
Internal injuries of the chest, abdomen and pelvis

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Pain

Back pain
 
Neck pain
Knee pain
Shoulder pain
Pain management

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Somatisation syndromes

Fibromyalgia
 
Polymyalgia rheumatica

Other conditions

Acute arthropathies
 
Chronic disability

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Investigations

X-ray, U/S, CT and MRI
 
Indications for additional investigations

Treatment

Joint injections and aspirations
 
Roles of allied health professionals

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Emergency care

Burns
 
Incidents and accidents
Basic life support
Stopping haemorrhage
Reducing pain with analgesia

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Prevention

Exercise
 
Accident prevention

Other related articles

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These curriculum resources are regularly updated with relevant articles from our range of healthcare publications. All articles are reviewed by GP advisers. We have set the standard lifetime of an article at two years and will aim to renew all articles within that timeframe. However, some older articles will remain in the listing if our reviewers believe there to be no significant changes to the topic covered.

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