Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Scenario

April 11, 2024

Scenario

Suzanne Peterson, CMA (AAMA) works with Dr. Kahn at the Walden-Martin Family Medical (WMFM) Clinic. Dr. Kahn hired Suzanne right out of school as a new graduate. She has seen a lot in her 20 years as a medical assistant. Many aspects of her day have changed from when she first started as a CMA, but one thing that has not changed is her love for helping patients.
Suzanne was approached by representatives of the local medical assistant program to serve as the adviser for a student who is about to begin her clinical experience. Today, Marissa, the medical assistant student, is starting her clinical experience at WMFM Clinic. Suzanne will be her mentor for the entire 6 weeks. Suzanne is excited but a bit overwhelmed by the thought of guiding a student. She remembers how nervous she was during her practicum experience. She knows she can give Marissa a lot of great experiences.
Their first patient is Walter Biller, who is in his late 40s, is in good general health, is near his ideal weight, and has no chronic conditions. He saw Dr. Kahn a few weeks ago when he experienced worsening pain in his hands and knees. He had been planting in his garden and noticed the next day that he had more pain and stiffness in his hands than usual. Bending down on his hands and knees in the garden was not as easy as it used to be. Dr. Kahn performed a physical exam and ordered lab tests. He asked Walter to make a follow-up appointment to go over the results. Today Walter is back at the clinic, and Suzanne is ready to room him for his appointment.
While studying this chapter, think about the following questions:

• What structures are in the skeletal system and muscular system?
• What are the functions of the skeletal system and muscular system?
• What are commonly diagnosed musculoskeletal diseases and disorders?
• What are the etiologies, signs and symptoms, diagnostic measures, and treatments for the commonly diagnosed musculoskeletal diseases and disorders?