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When assessing patients in clinical practice, it is essential to consider the differential diagnosis. Around 1% of all musculoskeletal presentations in primary care will be due to serious pathology. Such pathologies include spinal infection, cauda equina, fracture, malignancy and spondyloarthropathies. Despite the low incidence rates, these conditions should be considered as differential diagnoses when individuals present with pain - particularly if the patient is not responding in an expected way or is starting to worsen.
This programme will improve your knowledge of the different aspects to consider when assessing a patient to make a differential diagnosis.
This programme will cover the following topics:
- An Introduction to Red Flags
- Spinal Malignancy
- Other courses in development...
This programme of courses is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this programme and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 12-14 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the programme, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 16 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this programme of courses and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Complete each of the required courses
- Submit a written assignment that meets that passes the assessment criteria.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
This is a nice short course that adds a great deal to my clinical practice!
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
As a student I'd say Physioplus has given me an exceptional opportunity to enhance my clinical thinking skills and gain extra experience in a whole different field of study... in the comfort of my own home!