Flashcards in Joint Exam Deck (19):
Steps to the joint exam
What kinds of things should be noted within the inspection portion of the joint exam?
What does the joint look like
is the joint in normal anatomical position
Is the patient splinting/protecting the joint?
Scars? Erythema? Ecchymosis? Edema?
What are you palpating for when performing the second portion of a joint exam?
is the joint warm compared to the opposite side?
Is there tenderness to palpation?
Is there edema?
Is there an effusion?
ROM testing things to remember
at least 4 motions
be careful when checking ROM in pt who have had total joint replacements
what complication should stop you from performing a full ROM test on a pt
if in their history they admitted to having a total joint
Strength testing what to do
at least 4 motions relevant to the given pt scenario
document as 0-5/5
shoulder special tests
elbow special test
wrist hand special tests
knee special tests
A and P drawer
hip special tests
ankle/foot special tests
if a pt has an acutely injured joint, what should you avoid doing?
forcing a ROM or specialty test that greatly increases the pts pain
where is the joint exam documented
expected scenarios for the shoulder
rotator cuff path/impingement
AC joint pathology
expected scenarios for the elbow
MCL vs LCL
Ulnar nerve entrapment
lateral vs medial epicondylitis
wrist expected scenario
hip expected scenario