6. Clinical Diagnosis of Symptoms Associated with the Musculoskeletal System

  1. Phil Jevon RN, BSc (Hons), PGCE Resuscitation
  1. Michael Parry BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCS

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444340051.ch6

Clinical Diagnosis

Clinical Diagnosis

How to Cite

Parry, M. (2011) Clinical Diagnosis of Symptoms Associated with the Musculoskeletal System, in Clinical Diagnosis (ed P. Jevon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444340051.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Clinical Skills Lead, Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335163

Online ISBN: 9781444340051



  • clinical diagnosis of symptoms - associated with musculoskeletal system;
  • muscle wasting and weakness - disorder in brain, spinal cord, motor nerve or muscle unit;
  • muscle wasting - muscle, and constant input to remain functional;
  • neurogenic causes of muscle wasting;
  • plain lateral radiographs - of acute cervical spinal injuries;
  • non-neurogenic causes - of muscle wasting;
  • muscle atrophy, differentiated - from progressive muscle wasting of sarcopaenia, in old age;
  • Computed tomography (CT) scanning - greater assessment, bony structure of spine and intracranial space;
  • ‘deformity’ as a distorted shape or form - Latin word deformitas meaning misshapen;
  • gait abnormalities - gait, pattern by which patients propel themselves


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Muscle Wasting and Weakness

  • Deformity

  • Loss of Function

  • References