HW330: Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology

H330 Week 4 – Discussion Forum

Week 4 – Discussion Forum

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Pathologies of the Elbow, Wrist, and Hands [WLOs: 1, 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 3, 4]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read Chapters 11, 12, and 13 in your course text and review the NIH web pages Elbow Injuries and Disorders (Links to an external site.)Wrist Injuries and Disorders (Links to an external site.), And Hand Injuries and Disorders (Links to an external site.). Then, watch the Hand Anatomy Animated Tutorial (Links to an external site.) video.

As highlighted in this week’s readings, pathologies to the elbows, wrists, and hands are a common experience. Some of you may have even encountered such conditions or injuries first-hand or know of an individual who has.

Select one of the subsequent cases and related pathology:

Alvin N. holding his right elbow looking like he is in pain.

Alvin N.

A 34-year old male, who loves to play racquet ball and golf in his spare-time, complains about pain in his right elbow.  After consulting his physician, he was diagnosed with lateral epicondylitis.

Hector G. holding his right elbow looking like he is in pain.

Hector G. 

A 42-year old male has experienced a painful fall while skiing; he is complaining of extreme pain in his right elbow, which is also swollen.  Hector is unable to bend his right arm.  The diagnosis of elbow dislocation is made by the Emergency Care Physician.

Helen K. holding out her left hand and wrist to be examined.

Helen K.

A 55-year old female patient with diabetes complains about ongoing pain, tingling, and numbness in her left hand.  After a nerve conduction study was performed, her physician diagnosed her with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Joan S., who looks like she is in pain, is getting her right wrist looked at.

Joan S. 

An 82-year old female recently fell and is now complaining of pain when flexing her right wrist.  She also experiences swelling and tenderness.  After being examined by her physician and having undergone an x-ray, she was diagnosed with a Colles’ fracture.

In your discussion,

  • Assess the common causes of your selected pathology.
  • Research a video in the Ashford University Library via the Films On Demand database or another multimedia source of your choice which includes closed captioning and educates your peers about the pathology you selected above.
  • Include a description on how to access the video, or include the direct link to your video within your discussion forum posting.
  • Analyze how the change in structure can impact your selected person’s function on a daily basis. How might the patient in the case study compensate in order to accomplish normal activities?

Reference your textbook, and include at least one additional scholarly or credible source to support your research and findings (see the Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table for assistance). All sources must be referenced and cited according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (see Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.) for assistance). Your initial post must be at least 250 words.

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