Assessment and Management

Here are some resources for clinical assessment and management

General Musculoskeletal Medicine/Surgery

Orthobullets , as defined on their website ‘is an educational resource for orthopaedic surgeons designed to improve through the communal efforts of those who use it as a learning resource’

NHMRC Evidence-based Management of Acute Musculoskeletal Pain

UpToDate is generally accessible through hospital or university libraries. It is an American resource  that is maintained but clinicians and academics. It is a useful tool for reviewing current evidence-based management for conditions.

BMJ Clinical Evidence and BestBETs (developed initially by the Emergency Department in Manchester) are UK based evidence-based practice websites

Clinicians Health Channel is a website developed by the Victorian government in Australia which provides access to assessment/management guidelines, drug information and links to many of the worlds best databases

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has links to guidelines on management of musculoskeletal conditions and a section which outlines online educational resources and the latest research

LifeInTheFastLane is a website constructed by a group of Australasian Emergency Physicians and has some excellent educational resources  as such the sections on clinical examination and pathology test interpretation

Emergency Physiotherapy is a website created by members of the a network of Australian physiotherapist based in Emergency Departments. It has excellent resources for training in the field of orthopaedics, plastering/casting, radiology and so much more.

Royal Children Hospital Melbourne has a section for health professionals offering assistance with assessment and management of paediatric conditions


NICE Guidelines for Osteoarthritis are UK guidelines on best practice assessment and management

Arthritis Australia hosts information regarding research and patient information leaflets

Arthritis Research Campaign UK hosts information regarding research and patient information leaflets

Osteoarthritis Research Society International hosts information regarding research into osteoarthritis and assessment/management guidelines

Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society is a site that hosts educational resources, guidelines for assessment/management, research and patient reported outcome measures


Pain-Ed website is a resource for patients and clinicians

PainHealth website is a resource for patients and clinicians

PsychologyTools website has a useful section on acute and chronic pain assessment and management offering resources for patients and clinicians including links to another great resource in The Pain Toolkit

This blog offers a free resource on explaining pain to therapists/patients. A great little resource.

The BodyInMind website is a site run by some of Australia’s and the UK’s pain researchers and runs a blog aiming to keep us all up to date with the research into pain science.


NICE Guidelines for Low Back Pain are UK guidelines on best practice assessment and management

European Guidelines for Acute Low Back Pain, Chronic Low Back Pain and Pelvic Girdle Pain are guidelines on best practice assessment and management

British Pain Society Low Back and Radicular Pain Pathway is a guideline to the assessment and management

Chirogeek website has a nice section  on reading MRI and on asymptomatic findings in lumbar MRI


Shoulder Doc website is a resource for shoulder assessment and management

Shoulder Dislocation website is a resource outlining management of a dislocated shoulder (relocation techniques)


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