I spoke this morning to over 130 assembled GPs at the BUPA Cromwell Hospital symposium focussed on Orthopaedics in Primary Care. My session entitled "Everything you will ever need to know about the wrist and hand in primary care" was intended as a catch all for all the common hand conditions that a GP will see such as trigger finger, ganglions, dupuytrens disease and wrist pain.
Musculoskeletal and orthopaedic problems present a large proportion of the complaints received in general practice. Yet despite this fact formal training in trauma and orthopaedics received by GPs is minimal. I hope that the GP's in the room all left feeling today better informed and equipped to deal with their patient's hand and upper limb complaints.