Discussion Week 8 _Assessing Musculoskeletal Pain

2. TWO REPLIES BY FRIDAY 10/22/2021 BEFORE 8:00 PM EST

 

Discussion: Assessing Musculoskeletal Pain

 

The body is constantly sending signals about its health. One of the most easily recognized signals is pain. Musculoskeletal conditions comprise one of the leading causes of severe long-term pain in patients. The musculoskeletal system is an elaborate system of interconnected levers that provides the body with support and mobility. Because of the interconnectedness of the musculoskeletal system, identifying the causes of pain can be challenging. Accurately interpreting the cause of musculoskeletal pain requires an assessment process informed by patient history and physical exams.

In this Discussion, you will consider a case study that describe abnormal findings in patients seen in a clinical setting.

 

 

Case Study 1: Back Pain

 

A 42-year-old male reports pain in his lower back for the past month. The pain sometimes radiates to his left leg. In determining the cause of the back pain, based on your knowledge of anatomy, what nerve roots might be involved? How would you test for each of them? What other symptoms need to be explored? What are your differential diagnoses for acute low back pain? Consider the possible origins using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) guidelines as a framework. What physical examination will you perform? What special maneuvers will you perform?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare:

· Your Discussion post should be in the Episodic/Focused SOAP Note format rather than the traditional narrative style Discussion posting format. Remember that all Episodic/Focused SOAP notes have specific data included in every patient case. Please use attached template

 

· Consider what history would be necessary to collect from the patient in the case study you were assigned.

· Consider what physical exams and diagnostic tests would be appropriate to gather more information about the patient’s condition. How would the results be used to make a diagnosis?

 

Discussion Instructions

 

1. Post an episodic/focused note about the patient in the case study using the episodic/focused note template. (See attached document – template)

 

2. Provide evidence from the literature to support diagnostic tests that would be appropriate for each case.

 

3. List five different possible conditions for the patient’s differential diagnosis and justify why you selected each.

**THIS DISCUSSION IS DIVIDE IN TWO PARTS

 

 

1.

 

MAIN DISCUSSION POST BY

WEDNESDAY

10/20

/2021

 

BEFORE 8:00 PM

EST

 

 

2.

 

 

TWO REPLIES BY FRIDAY

10/22

/2021 BEFORE 8:00 PM EST

 

 

Discussion: Assessing Musculoskeletal Pain

 

 

The body is constantly sending signals about its health. One of the most easily recognized signals is

pain. Musculoskeletal conditions comprise one of the leading causes of severe long

term pain in

patients. The musculoskeletal system is an elaborate syst

em of interconnected levers that provides

the body with support and mobility. Because of the interconnectedness of the musculoskeletal

system, identifying the causes of pain can be challenging. Accurately interpreting the cause of

musculoskeletal pain requ

ires an assessment process informed by patient history and physical

exams.

 

In this Discussion, you will consider

a

case stud

y

 

that describe abnormal findings in patients seen in a

clinical setting.

 

 

 

Case

Study

1: Back Pain

 

 

 

 

A 42

year

old male reports pain in his lower back for the

past month. The pain sometimes radiates to his left leg. In

determining the cause of the back pain, based on your

knowledge of anatomy, what nerve roots might be

involved? How would you test for eac

h of them? What

other symptoms need to be explored? What are your

differential diagnoses for acute low back pain? Consider

the possible origins using the Agency for Healthcare

Research and Quality (AHRQ) guidelines as a framework.

What physical examination

 

will you perform? What special

maneuvers will you perform?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**THIS DISCUSSION IS DIVIDE IN TWO PARTS –

 

1. MAIN DISCUSSION POST BY WEDNESDAY 10/20/2021 BEFORE 8:00 PM

EST

2. TWO REPLIES BY FRIDAY 10/22/2021 BEFORE 8:00 PM EST

 

Discussion: Assessing Musculoskeletal Pain

 

The body is constantly sending signals about its health. One of the most easily recognized signals is

pain. Musculoskeletal conditions comprise one of the leading causes of severe long-term pain in

patients. The musculoskeletal system is an elaborate system of interconnected levers that provides

the body with support and mobility. Because of the interconnectedness of the musculoskeletal

system, identifying the causes of pain can be challenging. Accurately interpreting the cause of

musculoskeletal pain requires an assessment process informed by patient history and physical

exams.

In this Discussion, you will consider a case study that describe abnormal findings in patients seen in a

clinical setting.

 

 

Case Study 1: Back Pain

 

 

A 42-year-old male reports pain in his lower back for the

past month. The pain sometimes radiates to his left leg. In

determining the cause of the back pain, based on your

knowledge of anatomy, what nerve roots might be

involved? How would you test for each of them? What

other symptoms need to be explored? What are your

differential diagnoses for acute low back pain? Consider

the possible origins using the Agency for Healthcare

Research and Quality (AHRQ) guidelines as a framework.

What physical examination will you perform? What special

maneuvers will you perform?