Musculoskeletal Complaints

Common Musculoskeletal Complaints from Head to Toe

CME Information

Accreditation/Designation Statements

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. Primary Care Network is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Primary Care Network designates this enduring material 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.

All other healthcare professionals will be issued a certificate of participation.

Release/Expiration Date

This internet, enduring activity (audio/slides) will be available for one year, beginning November 14, 2016 through November 14, 2017.

Program 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

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

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


Jointly provided by Primary Care Network and Medical Education Exchange.


This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.

Published November 14, 2016


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