Pathologies of the Elbow, Wrist, and Hands and Elbow, Wrist, and Hand

Pathologies of the Elbow, Wrist, and Hands

As highlighted in this week’s reading, 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:
    • James M., a 42-year old male, who loves to play racquet ball and golf in his spare-time, complains about pain in his left elbow. After consulting his physician, he was diagnosed with lateral epicondylitis.
    • Lori U., a 24-year old female, has experienced a painful fall while skiing; she is complaining of extreme pain in her left elbow, which is also swollen. Lori is unable to bend her left arm. The diagnosis of elbow dislocation is made by the Emergency Care Physician.
    • Helen K., a 55-year old female patient with diabetes complains about ongoing pain, tingling, and numbness in her right hand. After a nerve conduction study was performed, her physician diagnosed her with carpal tunnel syndrome.
    • John S., an 82-year old male, recently fell and is now complaining of pain when flexing his left wrist. He also experiences swelling and tenderness. After being examined by his physician and having undergone an x-ray, he was diagnosed with a Colles’ fracture.
  • Assess common causes for your selected pathology.
  • Research a video (AU Library via Films on Demand or another multimedia source of your choice), which includes 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 selection 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?

Include two scholarly sources to support your research and findings (one should be your course text). All sources must be referenced and cited according to APA style. Your initial post must be a minimum of 250 words.


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Elbow, Wrist, and Hand

Every day, we use our elbows, wrists, and hands for a large variety of activities. While many of these activities and movements are performed with a specific purpose in mind, most movements are performed subconsciously. Our intention may be to blow our nose; thus, subconsciously, our body initiates movements of our forearms, including the elbow, wrist, and hand, to perform the desired activity without having to consciously mobilize each individual joint and structure separately. After reviewing the Hand Anatomy Animated Tutorial (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.video and reviewing this week’s required resources, please address the subsequent elements using appropriate medical terminology:

  • Select one activity or movement you perform daily, that moves both joints (elbow and wrist), as well as your hand at the same time.
  • Then, evaluate the joints and motions of the elbow(s), wrist(s), hand(s), and/or finger(s) to execute this activity or movement. Please be detailed when discussing your selected activity and the related joints and motions.
  • Select one of the joints in any of the three structures and discuss changes in the movement if the chosen joint was fused.

Include two scholarly sources to support your research and findings (one should be your course text). All sources must be referenced and cited according to APA style. Your initial post must be a minimum of 250 words.

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