Musculoskeletal injuries - essential skills in orthopaedics

GPs are a frequent first point of call for orthopaedic overuse or trauma injuries. Attend this practical seminar and improve your skills in identifying and treating common injuries of the shoulder, knee, foot and ankle. Update your practical skills to confidently advise and manage patients with musculoskeletal injuries, and to identify when referral is required.

Program Overview & Learning Outcomes

  • Shoulder
    • Common presentations of a painful shoulder
    • Practical session (small group)
  • Knee
    • Adult presentations
    • Paediatrics presenations
    • Practical session (small group)
  • Foot/Ankle
    • Adult presentations
    • Paediatrics presenations
    • Practical session (small group)
  • Concussion – when is it safe to return to the field?
  • Exercise prescription for the middle aged and overweight
  • Sports nutrition

Learning Outcomes

After participating in this seminar, general practitioners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to take a comprehensive history and undertake a thorough clinical examination for common musculoskeletal disorders of the shoulder, kneee, foot and ankle.
  • Identify when imaging or other related investigations are required for differential diagnosis.
  • Describe the various management strategies for common musculoskeletal conditions of the shoulder, knee, foot and ankle, from pain relief and self-management through to surgical intervention.
  • Understand specific strategies in relation to concussion management, exercise prescriptions and sports nutrition to improve functioning and ensure patient safety.
  • Determine when referral is appropriate, and who to refer to.

Location and date

Sydney – 22nd October 2017



For each session, the following will be covered: Typical presentations/common history of injuries, clinical examination, imaging diagnostic tests, management strategies, when to refer, follow up and rehabilitation, resources

Theory: Shoulder

Common presentations of a painful shoulder:  Impingement / rotator cuff disease/ frozen shoulder; shoulder instability / dislocation, osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint, and fractures of the shoulder girdle (clavicle, humerus and scapula)

Theory: Knee

Common presentations of a swollen and / or painful knee: ADULTS- osteoarthritis, ligament tears (anterior cruciate ligament and others); meniscal injuries (cartilage tears); patello-femoral pain / patella instability; and tendon injuries. PAEDIATRICS- patello-femoral pain / patella instability; osteochondrosis; trauma

Practical session: Knee

Practical session (small group) – examination and strengthening exercises

Theory: Foot/Ankle

Common presentations of a swollen and / or painful foot / ankle: ADULTS- common overuse injuries; trauma injuries (sprains and fractures); osteoarthritis, shin splints and plantar fasciitis. PAEDIATRICS- common overuse injuries, trauma injuries (sprains and fractures).  

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