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The paper posits that Nicola L. Judge in her article "Assessing and Managing Patients with Musculoskeletal Conditions" provides an excellent overview of the anatomy, functions and various common diseases and presentations of the musculoskeletal system. The paper outlines the information provided by this article and points out that it is aimed more at the working nurse than the student, allowing the nurse to more efficiently diagnose and treat patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
From the Paper:"The three elements of the musculoskeletal system--bones, joints, and muscles--are highly interconnected and interrelated in the body, both in function and in direct physical structure. The underlying physical cause of a disease, then, often results in symptoms affecting each component of the musculoskeletal system. In her explanation of various diseases and the methods for assessing patients with musculoskeletal complaints, Judge does not often point out this relationship explicitly. Instead, by using rather broad but to-the-point descriptions of some of the more common conditions arising within the musculoskeletal system, an understanding of the entire system and the possible presented symptoms is allowed to emerge gradually.
"This is certainly the case with the first condition listed by the author, osteoarthritis. Affecting an estimated eighty-five percent of the population at some point in their lives, this condition is marked by a reduction in joint tissue, leading to the eventual exposure of bone and a lack of articular cartilage, which cause pain, reduced mobility in the affected joints, and thus reduced functional ability (Judge 2007). This information is presented succinctly and clearly in the article, followed by the standard diagnostic procedure (a simple X-ray of the affected joint) (Judge 2007). It seems to have been the author's intent with this article to eliminate any interpretation in favor of a comprehensive (though not exhaustive) understanding of the simple facts surrounding common musculoskeletal diseases and complaints, which has surprisingly little or no detrimental effect on the article's overall readability."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Judge, N.L. (2007). "Assessing and managing patients with musculoskeletal conditions," Nursing standard, 22(1), pp. 51-7
Cite this Article Review:
Nursing and the Musculoskeletal System (2012, January 11) Retrieved May 23, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/nursing-and-the-musculoskeletal-system-149888/
"Nursing and the Musculoskeletal System" 11 January 2012. Web. 23 May. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/article-review/nursing-and-the-musculoskeletal-system-149888/>