Description & Objectives
This symposium is intended for all primary-care providers, general internists, physiatrists and emergency medicine clinicians in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Oregon who treat patients with sports, recreation and exercise (SRE) related injuries to the musculoskeletal system.
Primary-care physicians have indicated that training received in medical school and residency has not adequately prepared them for the volume of patients seen for MSK complaints, including those resulting from participation in SRE-related activities. As a result of this gap in training, the need exists for current evidence-based best-practices for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of injuries resulting from SRE activities to the MSK system.
At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:
- Perform appropriate exam techniques for evaluation and accurate diagnosis and treatment of SRE injuries to the musculoskeletal system
- Order correct radiologic exams for diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries resulting from SRE activities and evaluate the results
- Initiate treatment of common musculoskeletal injuries resulting from SRE activities in the acute setting
- Evaluate patients for fitness to begin new SRE activities
- Provide education to patients embarking on new or unfamiliar SRE activities
- Manage patient's injuries and chronic conditions so that they may return to their preferred SRE activities
- Advise patients when their SRE activities should be modified in order to prevent further injury or aggravation of a chronic condition
- Appropriately refer patients with acute or chronic injuries to a physiatrist for non-surgical intervention
- Recognize when patients with acute or recurring injuries or conditions should be evaluated by an orthopedic specialist for possible surgical intervention
- Order physical therapy for patients with chronic or recurring musculoskeletal conditions resulting from SRE injuries