An understanding of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems is a critically important component of disease and disorder diagnosis and treatment

An understanding of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems is a critically important component of disease and disorder diagnosis and treatment. This importance is magnified by the impact that that these two systems can have on each other. A variety of factors and circumstances affecting the emergence and severity of issues in one system can also have a role in the performance of the other.

Effective analysis often requires an understanding that goes beyond these systems and their mutual impact. For example, patient characteristics such as, racial and ethnic variables can play a role.

 

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An understanding of the symptoms of alterations in neurological and musculoskeletal systems is a critical step in diagnosis and treatment. For APRNs this understanding can also help educate patients and guide them through their treatment plans.

In this Assignment, you examine a case study and analyze the symptoms presented. You identify the elements that may be factors in the diagnosis, and you explain the implications to patient health.

To prepare:

By Day 1 of this week, you will be assigned to a specific case study scenario for this Case Study Assignment. Please see the “Course Announcements” section of the classroom for your assignment from your Instructor.

Assignment (1- to 2-page case study analysis)
In your Case Study Analysis related to the scenario provided, explain the following:

Both the neurological and musculoskeletal pathophysiologic processes that would account for the patient presenting these symptoms.
Any racial/ethnic variables that may impact physiological functioning.
How these processes interact to affect the patient.
The College of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The sample paper provided at the Walden Writing Center provides an example of those required elements (available at https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/templates). All papers submitted must use this formatting.

Scenario 2: Patient is a 24-year-old female administrative assistant who comes to the emergency department with a chief complaint of severe right-sided headache. She states that this is the sixth time in the last 2 months she has had this headache. She says the headaches last 2–3 days and have impacted her ability to concentrate at work. She complains of nausea and has vomited three times in the last 3 hours. She states, “the light hurts my eyes.” She rates her pain as a 10/10 at this time. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen ease her symptoms somewhat but do not totally relieve them. No other current complaints.

Scenario

2

:

Patient

is

a

24

year

old

female

administrative

assistant

who

comes

to

the

emergency

department

with

a

chief

complaint

of

severe

right

sided

headache.

She

states

that

this

is

the

sixth

time

in

the

last

2

months

she

has

had

this

headache.

She

says

the

headac

hes

last

2

3

days

and

have

impacted

her

ability

to

concentrate

at

work.

She

complains

of

nausea

and

has

vomited

three

times

in

the

last

3

hours.

She

states,

“the

light

hurts

my

eyes.”

She

rates

her

pain

as

a

10/10

at

this

time.

Ibuprofen

and

acetaminophen

ease

her

symptoms

somewhat

but

do

not

totally

relieve

them.

No

other

current

complaints

.

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