Paediatric Musculoskeletal Matters (PMM)

PMM is for all clinicians who may encounter children and aims to raise awareness, knowledge and  clinical skills to facilitate early diagnosis and referral, where necessary, to specialist care. PMM is recommended for PReS members to use in their teaching of medical students, paediatricians, family doctors and allied health professionals.

PMM (originally launched 2014) developed with many global partners and the 'international' version was launched in 2018.  PMM was developed by Professor Helen Foster and colleagues at Newcastle University, UK, with contributions from paediatric rheumatologists, paediatric orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, allied health professionals and parent advocates from around the world to reflect variation in clinical practice. PMM-Nursing (launch September 2017) targets all nurses and students working with children and young people and was developed with nurse educators and nurse specialists.

The PMM Portfolio includes the PMM website, the pGALS app (with many translations) and PMM e-learning modules - all resources are free and open to all.

PMM content includes clinical skills (pGALS, V-pGALS for telehealth, pREMS), common clinical presentations, 'red flags' (when to be concerned and refer for specialist advice) and essential knowledge to aid early diagnosis. A new pGALS graphic animation is available and replaces the original pGALS video.

In May 2022, the entire PMM Portfolio transferred from Newcastle University UK to PReS. This transfer brings long term sustainability for PMM to grow and gives opportunity to reach communities further to raise awareness and facilitate teaching and learning about MSK conditions in children and young people. 

PMM remains closely aligned with the Paediatric Global MSK Task Force. A new global PMM Editorial Board has many members from the Paediatric Global Task Force and is to be led by Professor Helen Foster as PReS PMM Clinical Director for one year as part of the transition plan.

PMM will remain free and open to all and the urls will not change. PMM had a major revision in 2022 and aims to remain of relevance to the wider community to support educational activities.


The pGALS app

An open and free resource - recommended for PReS members to use in teaching of medical students, paediatricians, family doctors and allied health professionals. Translations of pGALS into several languages have been provided by PReS members. The pGALS app was developed by Professor Helen Foster and colleagues at Newcastle University, UK. 

pGALS App Available to download: Google Play and Apple Store 

Canadian Rheumatology Association Educational Resources

This page features resources the CRA feels will be of interest to members.


EULAR/PRES Textbook on Paediatric Rheumatology

This textbook is the result of joint efforts between EULAR and the Pediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS). It is inspired by the EULAR Online Course on Paediatric Rheumatology. Written by leading European paediatric rheumatologists, the textbook offers an in-depth analysis of all aspects of this specialised area relating to rheumatic diseases in children and adolescents, as well as the impact of the diseases on the growing body. It also looks at the differential diagnosis of other paediatric disorders. This textbook is an essential reference for paediatricians, rheumatologists and all professionals involved in the care of children with rheumatic conditions.

The textbook became available first during the Amsterdam Congress in June 2018.

Purchase here