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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Bone pain - red flag symptoms

Bone pain - red flag symptoms

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

Hip pain in adults - red flag symptoms

Hip pain in adults - red flag symptoms

Dr Pipin Singh explores presentations of hip pain in adults and red flag symptoms...

Widespread joint pain - red flag symptoms

Widespread joint pain - red flag symptoms

Dr Pipin Singh discusses presentations and red flag symptoms that may alert you to...

NICE updates guidance for managing RA

NICE updates guidance for managing RA

NICE has set out updated advice on managing RA, with new recommendations on treatment,...

Red flag symptoms: Back pain
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Red flag symptoms: Back pain

This red flags article explains the signs and symptoms of potentially serious pathology...

Even patients with low fracture risk benefit from bisphosphonates, NICE says

Even patients with low fracture risk benefit from bisphosphonates, NICE says

Osteoporosis patients with a risk of fracture above 1% could benefit from bisphosphonates,...

Obesity influences rheumatoid arthritis diagnostic tests

Obesity influences rheumatoid arthritis diagnostic tests

Obesity causes patients to receive higher scores in blood tests used to diagnose...

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...

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,...

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