Common Musculoskeletal Complaints from Head to Toe

Saturday, 9/30 – 3:20pm – 4:40pm

Brief Overview

Musculoskeletal complaints are one of the most common reasons for which patients seek care. Training on musculoskeletal disorders is not often a part of continuing education courses attended by primary care clinicians, yet clinicians must evaluate and treat these patients in a time-efficient manner. Because of a lack of comfort in dealing with such problems, radiographic testing and specialist referral is often obtained.

Through clinical case studies, this activity will describe a typical presentation and approach to musculoskeletal pain in the neck, back, shoulder, knee, and foot. It will review practical exam techniques to sharpen the clinician’s skills and provide evidence-based recommendations on initial diagnosis and management strategies. At the end of this activity, the clinician will be more comfortable with evaluation of these musculoskeletal complaints, resulting in reduced radiographic testing and specialty referrals.

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 findings warrant diagnostic imaging and/or orthopedic consultation


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

Accreditation Information

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Primary Care Network (PCN) and Medical Education Exchange (MEDX). Primary Care Network is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Primary Care Network designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.25 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.

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

Faculty Information

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