n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Clinical examination of the patient with rheumatic disease : main article

Volume 23, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... Early diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory arthropathy influences long-term outcome. Without a diagnosis, no treatment is possible. New imaging techniques enable a specific diagnosis. However, they do not replace the basic clinical examination, since radiographs and blood tests may be normal in the presence of disease. There are well over 100 musculoskeletal conditions. The starting point is to determine the difference between inflammatory and mechanical or degenerative process (Fig. 1). Thereafter one can make an anatomical diagnosis of the precise articular or extra articular structures involved and finally a pathological diagnosis. THE HISTORY (TABLE I) A comprehensive history of the ..

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