Acute ankle and knee injuries
Ankle and knee sprains are common presentations in primary care, and the number of imaging requests for these injuries has been rising.
When assessing the need for head imaging, consider potential benefits and harms to avoid inappropriate imaging and to minimise the risk of harms.
Recommendation from the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists:
Chronic abdominal pain is common in primary care, but diagnostic imaging is often not needed.
- Chronic abdominal pain in adults: when is imaging indicated?
- Chronic abdominal pain: could it be irritable bowel syndrome?
Australian Prescriber article
Low back pain
Providing reassurance, encouraging activity and reducing reliance on imaging.
Focused clinical history and physical examination is usually sufficient to diagnose non-traumatic shoulder pain in general practice, and guide management.
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