Case Study

Case Study

ANSWER

Case Study

QUESTION

A 64-year-old male presents to the clinic with complaints of gradual onset of weakness in the left hand. He is left-hand dominant. He has had ongoing numbness and tingling that feels as though it starts at his elbow. However, over the past 2-3 days he had been dropping items due to the weakness. He denies any recent injuries but states that he sustained a crushing injury to the left thumb 4 years ago.

He is employed as a mechanic. Several years ago, he tripped over a tire and fell backwards striking his head on the fender of a car. He didn’t seek medical attention because he only had a small scrape on his elbow. A CT of the head is within normal limits and all labs are normal except a slightly elevated, non-fasting blood sugar (135). He has no history of diabetes. An x-ray of the neck reveals mild-to-moderate degenerative disc disease at C6-C7 with neuro foraminal narrowing and slight impingement of the exiting nerve root.

The Assignment (1- to 2-page case study analysis)

In your Case Study Analysis related to the scenario provided, explain the following:

Both the neurological and musculoskeletal pathophysiologic processes would account for the patient presenting these symptoms.

Any racial/ethnic variables that may impact physiological functioning.How these processes interact to affect the patient.

 

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