This trimester in Musculoskeletal Systems II, we have been learning about topics such as the AC joint, Glenohumeral joint dislocation, and the elbow. Although some of these topics have been lightly discussed in past classes during Phase I, we have been receiving more in depth information regarding the different pathologies and presentations.
For example, we have been learning about Nursemaid’s elbow, and that the classic method for treatment is that the forearm is supinated and flexed at the same time. A “click” should be felt with proper reduction of the elbow. Also, it is interesting to learn that parents are sometimes taught this procedure if this happens to their child commonly. Additionally, it is great to be able to put together orthopedic test information from past classes like “E&M of the Extremities” to conditions like Tennis elbow.
Signs and symptoms of tennis elbow are a loss of painless grip strength, and a minimal loss of elbow range of motion in terminal extension. The clinical diagnosis may entail the use of a dynamometer, which is helpful for measuring the patient’s progress. Also, Cozen’s test and Mill’s test may be helpful orthopedic tests for the diagnosis of tennis elbow. I have enjoyed Phase II of the program immensely so far, as it is great to finally be able to utilize the information we have learned for a diagnosis and clinical treatment plan.