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Clinical assessment of joints and spine

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Date: 1–4 September 2000. Location: Parker Institute, Frederiksberg Hospital, DK-2000, Frederiksberg Denmark. Tel: +45 3816 4155. Arranged by: EULAR Standing Committee for Education and Training in collaboration with the Parker Institute, Frederiksberg Hospital. Participants: Trainees in rheumatology, PhD students, postgraduate therapists, and others involved in the management of those with musculoskeletal conditions. Fee: Kr3000 (covers all meals, but not accommodation). Accommodation can be arranged for about Kr500 a night at a hotel (single room), Kr350 (double room), Kr150 (youth hostel). Registration: Before 15 August 2000. Please send by email the following details: name, educational background, institution, address including email, telephone, and fax numbers, and send by post a cheque for Kr3000 to cover the registration fee. Further information: Henning Bliddal (email: henning.bliddal{at}


Anthony Woolf, professor of rheumatology, Truro, England Christian Antoni, specialist in rheumatology, Erlangen, Germany Bente Danneskiold-Samsøe, MD, DMSc, specialist in rheumatology, chief of department, Frederiksberg, Denmark Søren Torp-Pedersen, MD, specialist in utrasonography, Gentofte, Denmark Jes Lætgaard, MD, DO, specialist in osteopathy, Frederiksberg, Denmark Course director: Henning Bliddal, MD, DMSc, professor of rheumatology, Frederiksberg, Denmark Staff at the Parker Institute, Frederiksberg Hospital

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The course will cover clinical examination of the spine and the peripheral joints. Special emphasis will be put upon practical examinations of the various regions, where the participants will examine each other under the instruction of the staff. (Practical clothes needed for these occasions (shorts, bikini, etc).) Demonstrations relevant to the regions will include patients with both degenerative and inflammatory diseases of joints and spine, rheumatoid arthritis, spondylarthropathy, osteoarthritis and polyarthritis, disc herniations, facet joint syndrome, rotator-cuff degeneration, impingement of the rotator cuff, myofascial pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia.

The course will include a demonstration of specific tests in the muscle laboratory: isokinetic and isometric muscle strength, body sway (force plate), ultrasonographic examination of peripheral small and large joints.

The participants can subscribe to two of three workshops covering the above mentioned tests. Form: The course will take the form of seminars, clinical and laboratory demonstrations, with opportunities for hands on experience. The reproducibility and validity of the methods used will be thoroughly discussed.

Recommended reading

Doherty M, Hazleman BL, Hutton CW, Maddison PJ, Perry JD.Rheumatological examination and injection techniques, 2nd ed. London: Saunders, 1999. ISBN0-7020-2387-6. Frisch H. Systematic musculoskeletal examination. Berlin: Springer, 1994. ISBN3-540-51782-0. Gibbon WW. Musculoskeletal ultrasound: the essentials. Greenwich Medical Media, 1976. ISBN1-900-15105-7. Travel JG, Simons DG. Myofascial pain and dysfunction— the trigger point manual. Lower extremities. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1992. ISBN0-683-08367-8. (Upper extremities, 1999. ISBN 0-683-08363-5.)

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