RACGP Registrar Series - Orthopaedics

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Musculoskeletal conditions account for nearly 10% of all GP consults, with the most common presentations being complaints of the neck and shoulders. Painful neck and shoulders have the potential to become chronic if not properly managed. It is therefore imperative that general practitioners are confident in performing a skilled examination, recognising red flags and implementing a patientcentred treatment plan. Presented by orthopaedic specialist, Dr Johan Mostert, this workshop explores neck and shoulder conditions from a primary care perspective, including what causes the pain, how to properly examine your patient, who benefits from physiotherapy and does surgery really work.

Learning outcomes include:

  1. List the crucial components of an effective musculoskeletal-related medical history assessment.
  2. Outline how to perform a thorough examination and the importance of general observation in terms of posture and pain behaviour.
  3. Describe the differential diagnoses for pain presenting in the shoulders and/or neck.
  4. Identify management options for a range of presentations and determine those conditions that require referral 5. Recognise presentations that indicate the risk of developing into a chronic condition.

Light refreshments will be provided. Cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information and to register, please click here.

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