"The Masterclasses have been of immense value for my clinical reasoning. They have challenged me to think more deeply about different topics along with practical applications which have improved my patient outcomes."
Rheumatology conditions commonly masquerade as musculoskeletal presentations and conditions and as a result knowledge of how to recognise these conditions is a vital line of clinical reasoning for Physiotherapists. These conditions must be referred to Rheumatology for diagnosis and medical management immediately as delays to diagnosis have serious implications on long term outcomes.
Treatment of these conditions requires confidence and the ability to reassure patients that they can safely participate in exercise programs to improve function, cardiovascular fitness and strength. This masterclass will cover the principles and pragmatic application for these patients.
Introduction to and overview of Rheumatology
In this introductory module we discuss what Rheumatology is and why should we be interested in it in Musculoskeletal (MSK) practice. We then discuss what relevant conditions come under Rheumatology and how to recognise inflammatory patterns of symptoms.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
In this module we discuss the Pathophysiology of RA, how it presents and how we go about recognising it in MSK practice. We cover tools we can use to help us to recognise the condition and what we should do if we recognise it. Finally we go through relevant blood results and interpretation, imaging and differential diagnosis.
In this module we discuss types of SpA and how they may present in an MSK clinic, how to differentiate these from non-inflammatory presentations. We then take an in-depth look at relevant extra-articular manifestations and associated conditions. We cover tools we can use to help us to recognise the condition and what we should do if we recognise it. Finally we go through relevant blood results and interpretation, imaging and differential diagnosis.
Management of SpA and RA
In this module we discuss the guidance on what we should be doing to manage these conditions from a physiotherapy perspective both from a specific and a global point of view. You will learn about pragmatic application of the guidance to best benefit the guidance. Finally we explore how to apply exercise programs for benefits in the short, medium and long term.