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Paediatric Gait Arms Legs Spine (pGALS) videos

Issue 06-3

paediatric Gait Arms Legs SpinepGALS is a simple, quick and validated musculoskeletal screening tool for use in the assessment of the school-aged child. It has been developed from the adult GALS through consultation with doctors and therapists, most of whom are members of the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR).

Presented by Professor Helen Foster

The video clips include a complete demonstration of the screening examination – you can view them online or order a DVD including all the clips.

paediatric Gait, Arms, Legs, Spine (pGALS): Introduction

Musculoskeletal complaints in children are very common and a frequent reason for consultation with healthcare professionals. This video demonstrates a simple, quick and effective way to screen the musculoskeletal system in school-aged children...

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pGALS Gait

This video clip explains what to look for as you observe the child walking

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pGALS Arms

This video clip demonstrates how to assess the joints of the hands and arms

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pGALS Legs

This video clip shows how to assess the joints of the legs and feet

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pGALS Spine

This video clip demonstrates assessment of forward flexion and the curve of the spine

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pGALS Recording your findings

This video clip suggests how you might record the findings from the pGALS screening examination

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pGALS Summary

A brief video checklist covering the key points of the pGALS screening examination

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How does pGALS differ from the adult GALS screening examination? This video clip explains the main differences

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pGALS Significant findings

Still images of some significant findings which may be identified during the pGALS screening examination

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pGALS complete examination (without commentary)

A video demonstration of the complete pGALS screening examination – without commentary, just the doctor–patient dialogue

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pGALS: a screening examination of the musculoskeletal system in school-aged children

For a full illustrated discussion of pGALS see our Hands On report (published June 2008)

pGALS checklist

Download our printable pGALS checklist (Word doc)

Paediatric Musculoskeletal Matters

An online resource for clinicians wishing to enhance their skills in assessing and managing musculoskeletal problems in children

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