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Osteoarthrinteresting Things

Welcome back to the blog! After I researched for my Osteoarthritis EBook and wrote it, I have continued to think about Osteoarthritis and the questions that remain in my head about it. As such I...

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Spondyloarthritis and Feet

Welcome back to the blog! Feet, what are they and what do they do? An eternal question asked about the leg-hands. In cases of Spondyloarthritis feet are commonly affected in various ways and...

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Rheumatology Quiz 5

Welcome back to the blog! I was going to review an article this week on feet in AxSpA but unfortunately it turned out to not make much sense and I couldnt really make anything useful out of it. You...

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Osteoarthritis – Beyond Wear and Tear

Welcome back to the blog! Osteoarthritis has been a bit of a passion project of mine over the last few months, learning and absorbing, finally attempting to disseminate what I believe to be the most...

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Being Specific With Rheumatology

Welcome back to the blog! I did a course recently and there were some interesting courses about specificity in Rheumatology and I thought I would comment on this in a bit of detail. The recurrent...

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TherapyLive Free Download

Thank you for your interest in the Free Download of the Clinical Scenarios EBook!   CLICK HERE to download This Ebook contains 14 clinical scenarios, a self assessment quiz and 2 example...

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Rheumatology Quiz 4

Welcome back to the blog! I get a feeling there might be a riot if I don't do the monthly quiz now. I hope you have fun. Don't forget to post your scores to social media to show how awesome you are....

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Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s Syndrome

Welcome back to the blog! We are catching up with the Poll that ran a few weeks ago now and I am responding to the clamour of cheers for a blog on Sjogrens Syndrome. Here it is, I hope you find it...

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Rheumatology Quiz 3

Welcome back to the blog! Its Quiz time here at R.P. Towers and these have been super popular. More popular than my actual blogs which is a little disconcerting! Anyway, I hope you have fun. Don't...

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Reactive Arthritis

Reactive Arthritis

Welcome back to the blog! I decided to run a poll on what to publish this week and the results are in! Reactive Arthritis just edged out Sjogrens Syndrome so we will get to that next time. Reactive...

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New Videos!

Welcome back to the blog! I have been producing video content recently so I wanted to direct you all to them and I hope that you enjoy! First we have a video on Exercise prescription for Rheumatoid...

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What is Rheumatology?

What is Rheumatology?

We are back, another week, another blog. I have been thinking this week about Rheumatology and its place in the hearts and minds of MSK Therapists. While I was thinking about this I found the start...

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Rheumatology Quiz 1

Welcome back to the blog! In the spirit of new things and fun, this week we have a quiz! I will do a series of these where they will get harder and more interesting. See if we can't challenge you...

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Rheumatology TakeOver Livestream – 26/01/21

Rheumatology TakeOver Livestream – 26/01/21

Jack March is here for what will be the first of the Rheumatology TakeOvers a regular segment commenting on Rheumatology topics as they relate to the MSK world. Today he discusses delay to diagnosis...

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Rheumatology Reflections 2020

I wanted to do something a little different in this blog which looks back at some different things I have learned in Rheumatology but also what I have learned about messaging and promotion which I...

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OA vs RA…

OA vs RA…

I think this is the most common question I have been asked over the last few years since I started to be more vocal about Rheumatology Conditions. I used to answer it as best I could but always...

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Rheumatology Bloods – Update!

Rheumatology Bloods – Update!

I have been meaning to update this blog for a little while and last blogs legend Claire Paling has nudged me into it. We have the return of the now recurrent features “legend of the blog” and all...

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Giant Cell Arteritis

Giant Cell Arteritis

Naturally as Polymyalgia Rheumatica had some exposure over social media, Giant Cell Arteritis came to the surface as well. In this blog we will go over the BSR guidance for this condition and...

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica AND Physiotherapy

Polymyalgia Rheumatica AND Physiotherapy

A new approach this week in a couple of different ways, I am adding two new features, “Legend of the Blog” and if you scroll all the way to the bottom you can listen to the music I was listening to...

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Recognising Rheumatology Conditions

Thank you to @TaiwanOzPhysio for bringing a paper to my attention which is used as the basis for this blog post (see reference at the end). Clearly recognising rheumatology conditions is of interest...

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica – Update!

Polymyalgia Rheumatica – Update!

Starting with some Thanks for this blog. Thank you to Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta who ran a brilliant webinar (25/11/2020) on Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR). Find more out about him here. There was so much contained in 45 minutes and I have tried to condense it down to the applicable information for us MSK therapists.

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Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

I have for a long time avoided this subject and I have decided to finally try and include this in my repertoire as the number of questions continues to increase. This is certainly an evolving area...

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Spondyloarthritis Nomenclature

As we move forwards in medicine with the understanding of Spondyloarthritis, some things are becoming more complex and others more simple. (I say we, I have nothing to do with it, it’s the amazing...

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AxSpA in Women – Updates

AxSpA in Women – Updates

On Friday 09/10/2020 I am attended a webinar by ARMA all about AxSpA in Women and how it differs to the condition in Men. This blog will attempt at summarising the differences and clinical...

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Hypermobility, Instability Misconceptions

Hypermobility, Instability Misconceptions

I have seen an increase recently in some misconceptions around hypermobile joints across Twitter and Instagram, I want to address this for the benefit of professionals and patients who may come...

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AxSpA in Women – Knowns and Unknowns

AxSpA in Women – Knowns and Unknowns

Something different this week, I am going to admit what I don’t know! Yes, yes I don’t know much about much but I am going to be specific. On Friday 09/10/2020 I am attending a webinar by ARMA all...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Muscle Loss

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Muscle Loss

Its not that often that a paper comes along that changes my practice but this particular one will. I have known for a number of years that Rheumatoid Arthritis patients are at risk of muscle loss...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diet

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diet

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a complex disease, diet is a complex phenomenon. Their interaction is inevitably also complex. Over the years I have heard as many types of dietary advice for RA as I have...

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Recognising Rheumatoid Arthritis Guide

Recognising Rheumatoid Arthritis Guide

I lost the old page that had the Recognisning Rheumatoid Arthritis Document on it. Here is a replacement. This document helps you with recognition and guides you on what to do next, this has proven...

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Psoriatic Nails

Its an interesting concept really in Musculoskeletal Practice, assessing multiple systems. We do this in many conditions e.g. thyroid, hormonal changes, diabetes… Rheumatology is no different but...

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Osteoporosis and Exercise

I usually stick to recognition and referral when it comes to my CPD topics / blogs / ramblings but I think it’s a good thing in this case for me to branch out and discuss some specifics of exercise...

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Red Flags and Rheum ONLINE COURSE!

Popping in an update post here which I don't normally do. There is a few bits of news coming though which I think many of you will be interested in! Andrew Cuff and I are delivering our Red Flags...

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Free Rheum Events!

Hi all Here are some details of free Rheum CPD events where you can learn loads from the best! The SpA academy is a brilliant learning opportunity so sign up! Although they were originally intended...

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Therapy Live!

I am recovering from #TherapyLive so this is brief! I am leaving the site wide discount up on my shop until tonight, so you have time to grab a bargain 10% off my new Online Course and 20% off if...

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Osteoporosis Audiobook Video

Osteoporosis Audiobook Video

A video of me recording one of the audiobook sections in the Recognising Rheumatology Audiobook which is coming soon to my shop! In this video I discuss Osteoporosis    

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AxSpA – an overview document

AxSpA – an overview document

Intro I have been struggling with blogs recently as my time has been stretched all over the place so by way of apology below you can download a document which contains the information I wrote as...

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Osteoporosis – An Introduction

Osteoporosis – An Introduction

Intro Welcome to another series of blogs, this time on the topic of Osteoporosis. These will look to unpack in some detail the important aspects of this relatively common condition and what as...

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Gout

Gout

Intro  This is a blog I have been meaning to write for a while, embarrassingly Gout occupies just the one slide on my “Recognising Rheumatology” courses despite it being the most common...

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Imaging in Rheumatology – MRI for AxSpA

Imaging in Rheumatology – MRI for AxSpA

Intro Imaging in Rheumatology is a vital modality in assisting with the diagnosis and ongoing monitoring of the conditions. This blog begins another series of blogs which will aim to unpack imaging...

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Imaging in Rheumatology for Physios

Imaging in Rheumatology for Physios

Intro Imaging in Rheumatology is a vital modality in assisting with the diagnosis and ongoing monitoring of the conditions. This blog begins another series of blogs which will aim to unpack imaging...

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MINI BLOG – Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

MINI BLOG – Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

I was comissioned recently to run a CPD session on Fibromyalgia. Part of it involved discussing how Fibromyalgia is diagnosed and I have decided to share the slides from that component of the talk....

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The Stages of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Stages of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Intro This is the second blog of my Rheumatoid Arthritis series that looks to expand upon the article for PhysioFirst which you can read in full here. It has topped 9000 downloads at the time of...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Tendons

Rheumatoid Arthritis Tendons

Intro This blog comes following a request from @ChrisSwinburne on Twitter which is a. awesome and b. terrifying as I don’t know a ton and information on this subject seems sparse. I have done my...

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Pregnancy and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pregnancy and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Intro Pregnancy is branching away from my usual topics of blogs and reading but here is something else I get asked about with reasonable regularity. Remember that the inflammatory arthropathies...

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Mini Blog – SCREEND’EM

Mini Blog – SCREEND’EM

Ok so this one is a bit of a cheat. If you dont follow Paul Kirwan on twitter then head over there now and do that. Paul came up with the following memory aid to help remember the extra-articular...

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Hypermobility Part 3 (The Syndromes)

Hypermobility Part 3 (The Syndromes)

Intro Hypermobility is common in Physio clinics the world over, over a series of blogs I hope to convey my current understanding of the factors at play with regards to diagnosis and management of...

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Hypermobility Part 2 (syndrome?)

Hypermobility Part 2 (syndrome?)

Intro Hypermobility is common in Physio clinics the world over, over a series of blogs I hope to convey my current understanding of the factors at play with regards to diagnosis and management of...

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Hypermobility Part 1

Hypermobility Part 1

Intro Hypermobility is common in Physio clinics the world over, over a series of blogs I hope to convey my current understanding of the factors at play with regards to diagnosis and management of...

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Intro I have had a bit a glut of requests about Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) recently so this blog aims to give an overview of the condition and non-pharmacological management for Physios. PLEASE...

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Inflammatory Arthropathy Bloods

Inflammatory Arthropathy Bloods

Blood tests are a vital component when it comes to clinical reasoning in Rheumatology. Not everyone has the authorisation to order bloods for their patients but a working knowledge remains important...

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24 Hours Inflammatory Pattern

24 Hours Inflammatory Pattern

Intro Day to day in our MSK clinics we discuss the daily pattern of symptoms with pretty much everyone that attends. The obvious reason being that it can tell you an absolute ton about the nature of...

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