Common Musculoskeletal Complaints from Head to Toe

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Common Musculoskeletal Complaints from Head to Toe​
A CME/AAFP-certified, MOC Eligible Activity

Release date: January 31, 2019
Expiration date: January 31, 2020

Musculoskeletal pain is very common, especially in primary care settings. However, surveys have shown that many primary care providers (PCPs) find it challenging to perform the proper physical examinations for accurate musculoskeletal pain diagnoses. Therefore, they rely on imaging and unnecessary referrals to specialists, which increase healthcare costs and create unnecessary delays in optimal care.
“Common Musculoskeletal Complaints from Head to Toe” will enable PCPs to better examine and assess patients who present with neck, shoulder, back, or knee complaints. After completing this activity, PCPs will be better able to determine if musculoskeletal symptoms warrant diagnostic imaging and/or orthopedic consultation.

Welcome, Introduction, and Pre-Survey
Working Up Primary Causes of Neck and Shoulder Pain
Discerning Elbow and Wrist Pain
Evaluating Back Pain
Diagnosing and Treating Knee Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
Conclusion and Q&A Session

This activity is intended for primary care clinicians who treat patients with musculoskeletal complaints.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to: 

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

The Potomac Center for Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Potomac Center for Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST pass the post-test and complete the evaluation. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through PCME’s ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

For questions regarding CME credit or the evaluation, please email

This Enduring Material activity, Common Musculoskeletal Complaints from Head to Toe, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 1/31/2019. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


 M. Susan Burke, MD, FACP
 Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
 Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
 Senior Advisor, Lankenau Medical Associates
 Lankenau Medical Center
 Wynnewood, PA


M. Susan Burke, MD, FACP is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA; an Adjunct Associate Professor of Geriatrics at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia; and Senior Advisor of Lankenau Medical Associates at the Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, PA, where she has been a clinician and teaching attending for more than 30 years. Having earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (Philadelphia), she completed a residency in internal medicine at Lankenau Hospital (now the Lankenau Medical Center). Dr. Burke is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. 

A 2-time recipient of the Osler-Blockley Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching from Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Burke also has received the residents' award for best teacher from the Lankenau Internal Medicine house staff. She has been named Best Doctor for Women and, more recently, Top Doctor by Main Line Today magazine. Dr. Burke lectures nationally and has published chapters and articles on numerous primary care and geriatric topics, on continuing medical education websites, and in publications such as the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association and Annals of Long-Term Care.

Program Faculty and Steering Commitee Disclosures

The program faculty and steering committee reported the following relevant financial relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests:

M. Susan Burke, MD, FACP Consultant/Independent Contractor: Merck; Speaker’s Bureau: Merck; Speaker Training: Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Non-faculty Content Contributors Disclosures

Non-faculty content contributors and/or reviewers reported the following relevant financial relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests:

Brian W. Jack (AAFP Reviewer) – Consultant/Independent Contractor: TeleHealth
Nicolle Rochino, PharmD, RPh; Blair St. Amand; Lindsay Scott, PT, DPT, ATC; Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN, CCM: Nothing to disclose

The contents of some CME/CE activities may contain discussions of non-approved or off-label uses of some agents mentioned. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.

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There is no fee for this activity. To receive credit, participants must take the pre-test, view this CME activity in its entirety, and then complete the post-test, with a score of 67% or better, and evaluation. The estimated time for completion of this activity is 1 hour. To receive their certificates, participants must demonstrate mastery of the presented material via the post-test. Participant is allowed to take the post-test multiple times.

Physicians seeking ABIM MOC Points will be required to provide:

  • ABIM six-digit ID number
  • First and last name
  • Date of birth (mm/dd)

Provided by Potomac Center for Medical Education

This activity is not supported by any commercial interest or grantor.

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