(Answered) NURS 6512 Week 8 Discussion: Assessing Musculoskeletal Pain


NURS 6512 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic

A 46-year-old man walks into a doctor’s office complaining of tripping over doorways more frequently. He does not know why. What could be the causes of this condition?

Without the ability to use the complex structure and range of movement afforded by the musculoskeletal system, many of the physical activities individuals enjoy would be curtailed. Maintaining the health of the musculoskeletal system will ensure that patients live a life of full mobility. One of the most basic steps that can be taken to preserve the health of the musculoskeletal system is to perform an assessment.

This week, you will explore how to assess the musculoskeletal system.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Evaluate abnormal musculoskeletal findings
  • Apply concepts, theories, and principles relating to health assessment techniques and diagnoses for the musculoskeletal system

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2019). Seidel’s guide to physical examination: An interprofessional approach (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.

  • Chapter 4, “Vital Signs and Pain Assessment” (Previously read in Week 6)
  • Chapter 22, “Musculoskeletal System”

This chapter describes the process of assessing the musculoskeletal system. In addition, the authors explore the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system.

Dains, J. E., Baumann, L. C., & Scheibel, P. (2019). Advanced health assessment and clinical diagnosis in primary care (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.

Credit Line: Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 6th Edition by Dains, J.E., Baumann, L. C., & Scheibel, P. Copyright 2019 by Mosby. Reprinted by permission of Mosby via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Chapter 22, “Lower Extremity Limb Pain”
This chapter outlines how to take a focused history and perform a physical exam to determine the cause of limb pain. It includes a discussion of the most common tests used to assess musculoskeletal disorders.


Patient Information:

Name: TR          Age: 46-year-old             Sex: Female         Race: Caucasian


CC: “My ankles hurt but is much worse on the right side”

HPI: TR is a 46-year-old Caucasian female who presents to the clinic with bilateral ankle pain for the past 2 days. The pain started after she was playing soccer over the weekend and noticed a pop sound while playing. The pain feels like it is throbbing and achy. She can bear weight on both ankles but noticed the discomfort is worse on the right side. Her pain is a 5/10 in both ankles but increases to a 7/10 on the right side when walking or standing.  Elevation and applying ice packs have provided relief but she has noticed her right ankle has become swollen. Currently her pain is 6/10 on her right ankle and 2/10 on the left side.

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