General Approach to Arthritis and Joint Pain
General Approach to Arthritis and Joint Pain

General Approach to Arthritis and Joint Pain

by Stephen Holt, MD, MS

As many patients present with joint pain, having a framework to evaluate the complaint will prove helpful in practice. Identifying the cause of joint pain can be difficult because of the extensive differential diagnosis. A thorough history and a complete physical examination are essential. Factors that may be helpful for diagnosis include disease chronology, inflammation, distribution, extra-articular manifestations, disease course, and patient demographics. Exam maneuvers are generally very useful as well. For example, simple joint palpation can help to distinguish an inflammatory process from crepitus that would indicate bony hypertrophy in osteoarthritis.

Clinicians should let the history, the physical exam, and their clinical judgment dictate when to follow through with laboratory studies or imaging. A complete blood count, urinalysis, and metabolic panel may provide more useful diagnostic clues, but it is difficult to use these tests to narrow down to a specific diagnosis. It may be possible, in some instances, to see the classic radiographic findings of specific rheumatologic diseases; often, though, imaging can be nonspecific or even appear completely normal early in the disease process.

Course Details

  • Videos 10
  • Duration 0:38 h
  • Quiz questions 17
  • Concept Pages 6

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Your Educators of course General Approach to Arthritis and Joint Pain

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Dr. Stephen Holt is the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, USA.
He obtained his PhD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Codirector of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Because of his achievements, he earned the Faculty Teacher of the Year award from the Yale Primary Care Residency Program in 2009 and 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Holt teaches courses on Physical Examination, Dermatology, and Rheumatology.


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One of the best
By Malakamir M. on 04. September 2021 for General Approach to Arthritis and Joint Pain

I am going to watch it it again and again, because I learned a lot from him. He knows how to teach and he used a lot of practical examples to explain his lectures.

 
EXTRAORDINARY LECTURES
By Vishnu K. on 25. June 2021 for Review: Shoulder Pathology and Anatomy

THE WAY HE TEACHES MAKES TOPIC EASE AND HE ALWAYS GOES STEP BY STEP HE KNOWS WHERE TO STRESS THINGS JUST LOVED THE LECTURES

 
Lecture is great
By Irfan A. on 06. April 2021 for General Approach to Arthritis and Joint Pain

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rheumatology or orthopedics, Sir Stephen Holt it is!
By Paul J. on 04. March 2020 for Rheuma Case: 54-year-old Woman with Acute Right Shoulder Pain

I am grateful to the teacher and the content creators,the topic is flowing beautifully so i need not study but i can learn and as i am in my internship right now,this is widening my diagnosis lens for an arthritis.BEAUTIFUL!NAILED IT SIR.