Assessment of the Musculoskeletal System
Jonah Kotter is a 5-year-old male preschooler who presents to the pediatrician’s office for complaints that his leg “hurts”.
Immunizations: Up to date
Pain: 3/5 on pain scale
Does not remember injuring leg
Vital signs: T 37 degrees Centigrade, P 94, R 18, BP 100/70
Heart rate and rhythm regular
Moving all extremities
+ Range of motion legs and arms
Strength 5/5 in all extremities
What other questions should the nurse ask
What techniques are helpful to incorporate in assessing a patient in this age group
What are a few of the major differences in the musculoskeletal assessment of a child
What should be included in the plan of care
Based on the readings, what is the most likely cause of leg pain for this patient
REFERENCE:Jarvis, C. (2016). Physical examination & health assessment (7th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders.
Chapter 22: Musculoskeletal System
pp. 577–619 (Structure, Function, Subjective and Objective Data, Documentation and Critical Thinking)
Chapter 23: Neurologic System
pp. 633–676 (Structure, Function, Subjective and Objective Data, Documentation and Critical Thinking)
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