Common Musculoskeletal Complaints from Head to Toe

Sunday, 9/30 – 8:00am – 9:20am


Musculoskeletal pain is very common, especially in primary care settings. However, surveys have shown that many primary care providers (PCPs) find it challenging to perform the proper physical examinations for accurate musculoskeletal pain diagnoses. Therefore, they rely on imaging and unnecessary referrals to specialists, which increase healthcare costs and create unnecessary delays in optimal care.

“Common Musculoskeletal Complaints from Head to Toe” will enable PCPs to better examine and assess patients who present with neck, shoulder, back, or knee complaints. After completing this activity, PCPs will be better able to determine if musculoskeletal symptoms warrant diagnostic imaging and/or orthopedic consultation.

Learning Objectives

  • Conduct a focused history on the patient presenting with neck, shoulder, back, or knee complaints
  • Demonstrate physical examination skills that can be used to effectively diagnose common musculoskeletal disorders
  • Determine which musculoskeletal examination findings warrant diagnostic imaging and/or orthopedic consultations

Target Audience

This activity is intended for primary care clinicians who treat patients with musculoskeletal complaints.

Accreditation Information

The Potomac Center for Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Potomac Center for Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information about the accreditation of this program, please email:

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.50 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

AAFP: Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.


Provided by the Potomac Center for Medical Education.



This activity is not supported by any commercial interest or grantor.

Atlanta 2018

Program Faculty

M. Susan Burke, MD, FACP
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Senior Advisor, Lankenau Medical Associates
Lankenau Medical Center
Wynnewood, PA