15.9 Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal and Trauma

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

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.

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Viewpoint: How GPs can support South Asian patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Viewpoint: How GPs can support South Asian patients with rheumatoid arthritis

A project between the University of Manchester and the National National Rheumatoid...

Bone pain - red flag symptoms

Bone pain - red flag symptoms

How to identify red flags in patients presenting with bone pain, including conducting...

Neck pain - red flag symptoms
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Neck pain - red flag symptoms

The signs and symptoms of potentially serious pathology in patients presenting with...

Clinical review of back pain: diagnosis and management

Clinical review of back pain: diagnosis and management

Diagnosis and management of low back pain, including classification of low back pain,...

Total knee replacement
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Total knee replacement

Orthopaedic surgeon Mr Steven Cutts explains indications for total knee replacement...

Rheumatoid arthritis: clinical review

Rheumatoid arthritis: clinical review

The epidemiology, aetiology, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis,...

NICE scraps recommendations for paracetamol and acupuncture for low back pain

NICE scraps recommendations for paracetamol and acupuncture for low back pain

Exercise is the optimum way to manage low back pain, NICE experts have said in its...

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

Diagnosing tennis elbow and mangement options including pharmacological treatments,...

Carpal tunnel syndrome
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Carpal tunnel syndrome

Medical and surgical treatment options in carpal tunnel syndrome and an overview...

Limb pain in children

Limb pain in children

Causes of 'growing pains' or limb pain in children, including juvenile idiopathic...

Facial Raynaud's disease: case study

Facial Raynaud's disease: case study

An unusual presentation of Raynaud's disease.

Total hip replacement

Total hip replacement

The surgery involved in total hip replacement and the associated risks.

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