n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Essentials of musculoskeletal examination

Volume 29, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Many health professionals are uncomfortable about the examination of the musculoskeletal system. The source of their discomfort is a result of the paucity of time devoted to rheumatology in the medical curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate levels of instruction. Most general physicians become competent in the cardiopulmonary examination and are happy to teach these examination techniques during ward rounds and tutorials around the bedside. The same confidence is acquired in relation to the abdominal and gastrointestinal examination. However, patients with rheumatic (or neurological) complaints are referred to rheumatologists (or neurologists) without an attempt to assess the underlying source of the symptoms or signs.

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