How do you rule out red flags in your patients? What questions do you ask? What tests help you ensure the pain you’re treating is musculoskeletal in nature, and isn’t a condition that requires urgent medical attention?
Shoulder pain is a prime example of an area that we need to exclude red flags. Your patient’s shoulder pain could be due to irritation of the local structures such as the rotator cuff, glenohumeral or AC joint, brachial plexus or C/sp. What clues give you confidence to exclude visceral structures that can also refer to the shoulder, like the heart, spleen, diaphragm, or gallbladder?
In this online course with Mark Jones, you will discover when your patients need immediate medical attention, and red flags we need to keep an eye out for during our history and examination. You will explore:
- How to screen for red flags
- Precautions & contraindications to physical examination & treatment
- Types of pain that require caution during your examination
- Red flags that require referral for further investigation
- Symptoms that require immediate medical attention
- Common red flags to identify with teenage males with acute groin pain
- How to identify red flags causing shoulder pain
- Shoulder pain case study
- How to decide on specific treatment for your patients, using the available evidence and your assessment
- When you find multiple impairments such as decreased ROM, strength, how to decide on treatment
- How can you determine how long your patients recovery will take?
- What factors affect patients prognosis and recovery
- What patient information gives you clues about assessment & treatment
- How can your subjective questions become precise and accurate?
- Example questions you can ask your LBP patients that are precise and accurate
Clinical reasoning conclusion - Putting it all together
- How to improve your clinical reasoning
- How to build a therapeutic alliance with your patient
- Common errors in diagnostic reasoning
- Challenges of applying research in practice
- How to use the research in your patient management