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Title: Care of Patients with Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders

Chapter 33
  • Care of Patients with Musculoskeletal and
    Connective Tissue Disorders

Theory Objectives
  • State the factors to be assessed for the patient
    who has a connective tissue injury.
  • Compare the assessment findings of a connective
    tissue injury with those of a fracture.
  • State the care that is needed for the patient who
    has an external fixator in place.
  • Identify the dos and donts of cast care.

Theory Objectives (cont.)
  • Discuss the potential complications related to
  • Identify the special problems of patients with
    arthritis and specific nursing interventions that
    can be helpful.
  • Compare the preoperative and postoperative care
    of a patient with a total knee replacement with
    that of a patient with a total hip replacement.

Theory Objectives (cont.)
  • Explain the process by which osteoporosis occurs,
    ways to slow the process, and how the disorder is
  • Describe the care of the patient with a
    metastatic bone tumor.
  • Identify important postoperative observations and
    nursing interventions in the care of the patient
    who has undergone an amputation.

  • A sprain is a partial or complete tearing of the
    ligaments that hold various bones together to
    form a joint
  • A sprain occurs when a joint may be forced,
    during trauma, past its normal range of motion,
    or there may be twisting
  • The ankle, knee, and wrist are most commonly

Signs and Symptoms
  • Grade I (mild) Tenderness at site minimal
    swelling and loss of function no abnormal motion
  • Grade II (moderate) More severe pain, especially
    with weight-bearing swelling and bleeding into
    joint some loss of function
  • Grade III (severe, complete tearing of fibers)
    Pain may be less severe, but swelling, loss of
    function, and bleeding into joint are more marked

  • Physical examination
  • X-ray to rule out a fracture or other pathology

Treatment and Management
  • RICE
  • Rest
  • Ice after injury and for 24-72 hours
  • Compressionsnug elastic bandage, careful to not
    to cut off circulation
  • Elevation

  • The Goal is to protect the ligament until it
    heals by scarring. Ligaments do not grow back
  • If a joint is immobile too long, and muscles are
    not exercised muscle atrophy can begin within a
    matter of days- can cause permanent disability.

Treatment and Management (cont.)
  • Grade II or III
  • Rest the joint
  • Crutches for lower extremity sprain
  • NSAIDs around the clock for first couple of days

Etiology and Pathophysiology
  • A strain is a pulling or tearing of a muscle, a
    tendon, or both
  • A strain occurs by trauma, overuse, or
    overextension of a joint

Etiology and Pathophysiology (cont.)
  • The most common muscle strain occurs in the back
    muscles (back problems are discussed in Chapter
    23, because they often have a neurologic
  • Muscle strains do occur in other skeletal
    musclesthe most common sites are the hamstrings,
    quadriceps, and calf muscles

  • Signs, symptoms, and diagnosis
  • History of overexertion
  • Soft tissue swelling
  • Pain
  • Bleeding if muscle is torn

Complementary and Alternative Therapies
  • Soothing sore muscles
  • Arnica purchased and applied topically as an
    essential oil is supposed to soothe sore, tired
    muscles after a long days work
  • Valerian or kava brewed as a tea is also said to
    relax muscles
  • Honey or apple juice will make the teas more

Treatment and Nursing Management
  • Ice and compression should be immediately applied
    and the part should be rested
  • The patient is taught to use ice for 20 minutes
    out of the hour only
  • When compression is used, the distal parts of the
    extremity must be checked for sensation and
    adequate circulation. Pallor (color) Pain
    Parasthesia (numbness or tingling) Pulse
    (Capillary Refill) Pressure (Swelling) Edema
  • Paralysis (Movement)

Treatment and Nursing Management (cont.)
  • Heat can be applied after 48 hours
  • Anti-inflammatory medications are used for
    discomfort and, when spasm is present, a muscle
    relaxant may be prescribed
  • Time is the greatest healer
  • The patient is cautioned against reinjury and is
    taught proper ways to lift and move
  • Surgical repair may be necessary

Dislocation and Subluxation
  • Dislocation is the stretching and tearing of
  • ligaments around a joint with complete
    displacement of a bone.
  • Subluxation is a partial dislocation.
  • Most common sites are the shoulder, knee, ankle,
    and temporomandibular joint.

Dislocation cont.
  • Dislocation often includes
  • History of an outside force pushing from a
    certain direction
  • Severe pain, aggravated by motion of the joint,
    muscle spasm, or abnormal appearance of the
  • Diagnosis
  • Physical Exam
  • X-ray
  • Example dislocated shoulder.

Dislocation and Subluxation (cont.)
  • Treatment
  • Reduction of displacement under anesthesia
  • Nursing management
  • Rest the joint
  • Pain control
  • Heat or cold applications (Ice first 48 hours
    then heat.)

Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Usually results from repetitive activity.
    Example Throwing or making overhead motions
    with the arm.
  • Basketball, baseball players
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Pain
  • The patient will not be able to externally rotate
    the shoulder, or perform abduction

Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Treatment
  • Rest
  • Sling will be applied to the affected shoulder
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • When acute episode is over
  • Gentle progressive exercise is ordered. PT
  • Prior to exercise Heat is recommended before the
    joint is exercised.

Rotator Cuff Tear
  • If the tear does not heal
  • Surgical repair usually by arthroscopy is
  • Shoulder is immobilized

  • Etiology and pathophysiology
  • Injury or overuse Usually repetitive motion
  • Signs, symptoms, and diagnosis
  • Mild to moderate aching pain
  • Swelling
  • History of injury
  • Physical examination

Bursitis (cont.)
  • Treatment
  • Rest, ice, and massage
  • Anti-inflammatory agents
  • Compression wrap
  • Bursa cortisone injection
  • Nursing management
  • Assess pain and perfusion
  • Assist with mobilization
  • Activity limitations

ACL Tear
  • ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Most commonly occurs from athletic injuries
  • Falls and motor vehicle accidents may also cause

ACL Tear cont
  • The ligament may be torn from the femur or tibia.
  • Often the patient will tell you that they heard a
    loud pop the time of injury.
  • Swelling will occur within hours
  • The knee may feel unstable and feel like it can
    give way.
  • Full extension of the leg is difficult

ACL Tear cont.
  • Diagnosis
  • Physical Exam and data collection how injury
  • MRI
  • Arthroscopy is performed at which time the repair
    may be done. Grafting may be done if there is
    complete tearing.

ACL Tear
  • According to the text some physicians order (CPM)
    continuous passive range of motion to promote
    full range of motion.
  • Not so common today.
  • Isometric exercises are prescribed in the
    recovery period including quadriceps bent knee
    exercises and foot exercises.

Meniscal Injury
  • The meniscus is the shock absorber of the knee
    and lies on top of the tibia, between tibia and
    the femur.
  • A meniscus injury may accompany an ACL injury.

Mensical Injury
  • Often occurs from a fixed foot rotation in weight
    bearing with the knees flexed, during sports
    activities such as basketball or skiing.
  • Hear either a Popping, described like they feel
    like the knee is catching or buckling on them

Meniscal Injury cont
  • Diagnosis
  • Physical exam patient history. May hear a click
    with localized pain with movement of the joint.
    How did it happen, what activity was the patient
  • MRI is order to confirm
  • Surgical repair is done arthroscopically

ACL Tear
  • After injury the knee is
  • immobilized usually with a long brace with fixed
  • Measures are instituted to decrease pain and
    reduce swelling.
  • Ice dependent upon doctor
  • Pain Management initial opiods, anti inflammatory

Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • The Achilles attaches to the calcaneus (heel
  • If overstretched it can rupture.
  • Sports injuries or a fall from a height are the
    usual ways that this injury occurs.
  • Injury most often occurs with bursts of jumping,
    pivoting, and running such as tennis, and

Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Some predisposing factors that can increase risk
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Some antibiotic use ( Cipro) Side effect can
    cause tendonitis.

Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Symptoms
  • Sudden pain in the back of the ankle
  • May hear a popping sound or a snapping sound

Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Physical Exam
  • May see a depression 2 inches above the back of
    the heel
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Inability to point toes, or stand on tiptoe
  • Bruising

Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Treatment Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Splinting
  • Surgery followed by casting
  • Recovery
  • 6-8 weeks followed by PT

Meniscal Injury
  • Pain Management is a priority
  • PT is prescribed for muscle strengthening

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Etiology and pathophysiology
  • Compression of the median nerve
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling of the hand, particularly at night
  • Repetitive movements of hands and wrists

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (cont.)
  • Diagnosis
  • Physical examination
  • Compression test
  • Electromyography
  • Treatment
  • Rest and splinting
  • Changing the angle of the wrist during repetitive
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery
  • Nursing management

  • A bunion is the most common foot problem. It is
    a painful swelling of the bursa that occurs when
    the great toe, at the metatarsal joint.
  • It may hereditary, or from ill fitting shoes
  • More common in females than males

  • Wearing open toed shoes made of soft leather or
    athletic shoes that are wider in the toes area
    helps to reduce the pain.
  • Shoes that have give.
  • Properly fitting shoes.
  • Metatarsal pads may provide some relief or

  • Corticosteroid injections are given into the
    joint if there is active bursitis and pain.
  • Analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications may
    be prescribed.
  • Surgical Intervention
  • Bone realignment or bunionectomy may be done if
    becomes too painful. The key is too painful.
  • Hammertoes often accompany bunions and they may
    be repaired at the same time.

  • Etiology and pathophysiology
  • Definition
  • Trauma
  • Osteoporosis and metabolic problems
  • Mechanism of injury

Fractures (cont.)
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Minimal to severe pain depending on the type of
    fracture, the bone(s) involved, and the amount of
  • Swelling and/or bleeding
  • Tenderness, deformity of the bone, ecchymoses,
    crepitation with any movement, and loss of

Fractures (cont.)
  • Diagnosis
  • Physical examination
  • X-ray

Types of Fractures
  • Complete
  • Incomplete
  • Comminuted
  • Closed (simple)
  • Open (compound)
  • Greenstick

Types of Fractures (cont.)
Types of Fractures (cont.)
Types of Fractures (cont.)
Elder Care Points
  • The elderly are more at risk for fractures
    because of decreased reaction time, failing
    vision, lessened agility, alterations in balance,
    and decreased muscle tone
  • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) increase the risk
    for fracture of the hip, wrist, and spine
  • In epidemiologic studies, the risk was highest
    for people over age 50, who had used PPIs for
    more than a year

Treatment of Fracture
  • Emergency care
  • Prevent shock and hemorrhage
  • Splint as it lies
  • Tetanus immunization
  • Prophylactic antibiotics
  • Primary aim of treatment
  • Establish union between broken ends to restore
    bone continuity

Five Stages of Bone Healing and Repair
  1. Blood oozes from the torn blood vessels in the
    area of the fracture the blood clots and begins
    to form a hematoma between the two broken ends of
    bone (1 to 3 days)

Five Stages of Bone Healing and Repair (cont.)
  1. Other tissue cells enter the clot, and
    granulation tissue is formed. This tissue is
    interlaced with capillaries, and it gradually
    becomes firm and forms a bridge between the two
    ends of broken bone (3 days to 2 weeks)

Five Stages of Bone Healing and Repair (cont.)
  1. Young bone cells enter the area and form a tissue
    called callus. At this stage, the ends of the
    broken bone are beginning to knit together (2
    to 6 weeks)

Five Stages of Bone Healing and Repair (cont.)
  1. The immature bone cells are gradually replaced by
    mature bone cells (ossification), and the tissue
    takes on the characteristics of typical bone
    structure (3 weeks to 6 months)

Five Stages of Bone Healing and Repair (cont.)
  1. Bone is resorbed and deposited, depending on the
    lines of stress. The medullary canal is
    reconstructed during consolidation and remodeling
    (6 weeks to 1 year)

Reduction of Fractures
  • Closed reduction
  • Open reduction
  • Stabilization
  • Internal fixation
  • External fixation
  • Casts, splints, and braces
  • Traction

Internal Fixation
  • Pins, nails, or metal plates
  • Open reduction and internal fixation
  • Prosthesis and autotransfusion
  • IV antibiotics and risk for infection
  • Nursing care
  • Maintain good alignment of the affected leg
  • Prevent complications of immobility
  • Control pain

Examples of Internal Fixation
External Fixation
  • Indications
  • Massive open fractures with extensive soft-tissue
  • Infected fractures that do not heal properly
  • Multiple trauma such as burns, chest injury, or
    head injury

External Fixation (cont.)
Nursing Management
  • Pin site care and premedicate for pain
  • Showering
  • Physical therapy and ADLs

Casts and Fractures
  • Materials including plaster and synthetic casts
  • Long-leg and short-leg casts, slings, and spicas

Synthetic Limb Cast
Braces and Splints
  • Fracture boot, hinged brace, and slab
  • Patient teaching
  • Explain the procedurefeel warmth as cast sets
    and dries
  • Never put a fresh cast on plastic
  • Never cover a fresh plaster cast with a blanket

Walking Boot
Skeletal Traction
  • Pins, wires, or tongs directly through the bone
    at a point distal to the fracture so that the
    force of pull from the weights is exerted
    directly on the bone
  • Skeletal traction uses 10 or more pounds of
    weight and the body acts as the countertraction

Skin Traction
  • Bandage (moleskin or foam traction boot) is
    applied to the limb below the site of fracture
    and then pull is exerted on the limb
  • No more than 7 to 10 lb of weight are used
  • Continuous or intermittent

Common Types of Traction
Common Types of Traction (cont.)
Points of Care for the Patient in Traction
  • Traction devices must be assessed to see that
    they are in correct position and that the weights
    are hanging free
  • The patients body position should be assessed
    for proper alignment

Complications of Fractures
  • The sooner a fracture is fixed, the less likely
    the chance for complications.
  • Healing can be impeded by improper alignment and
    inadequate immobilization
  • Continued twisting, shearing, and abnormal
    stresses prohibit a strong, bony union.

Fractures and Infection
  • Open comminuted fractures and surgery
  • Antibiotics
  • Inadequate calcium and phosphorus, vitamin
    deficiency, and atherosclerosis
  • Temperature, white blood cells, and wound
    appearance (redness, swelling, heat, and purulent

  • Osteomyelitis is a bacterial infection of the
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Sudden onset with severe pain and marked
    tenderness at the site, high fever with chills,
    swelling of adjacent soft parts, headache, and

  • The earlier osteomyelitis is diagnosed and
    treated, the better the prognosis
  • History of injury to the part, open fracture,
    boils, furuncles, or other infections
  • Sedimentation rate and WBC count
  • X-rays
  • Biopsy, in which the bone sample exhibits signs
    of necrosis

  • Antibiotics are prescribed for 4 to 6 weeks, and
    the abscess is incised and drained
  • Dead bone and debris are débrided from the site
  • The affected limb is immobilized for complete
  • Sometimes amputation is the only cure

Nonunion of Fractures
  • Electrical bone growthstimulating device
  • Surgery and bone grafting

Fat Embolism
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Change in mental status
  • Respiratory distress, tachypnea, crackles and
  • Rapid pulse, fever, and petechiae (a measles-like
    rash over the chest, neck, upper arms, or abdomen)

Nursing Management
  • Stay with the patient
  • High Fowlers position
  • Use a non-rebreather mask
  • Establish a peripheral IV
  • Summon the physician immediately
  • Anticipate hydration with IV fluids and
    correction of acidosis
  • Intubation and mechanical ventilation

Venous Thrombosis
  • The veins of the pelvis and lower extremities are
    very vulnerable to thrombus formation after
    fracture, especially hip fracture
  • Immobility, traction, and casts may contribute to
    venous stasis
  • Compression stockings, sequential compression
    devices, range-of-motion (ROM) exercises on the
    unaffected lower extremities are used to help
    prevent the problem

Compartment Syndrome
  • External or internal pressure that restricts
    circulation in one or more muscle compartments of
    the extremities
  • Severe, unrelenting pain unrelieved by narcotics
  • Assess for 6 Ps pain, pallor, paresthesia,
    pulselessness, paralysis, and poikilothermia
    (cold to the touch)

Treatment and Nursing Management
  • Recognition and immediate notification of the
    physician can prevent permanent loss of function
  • If a cast is in place, the cast can be bivalved
    (split through all layers of the material)
  • Dressings will be cut or replaced

Treatment and Nursing Management (cont.)
  • Surgical fasciotomy (linear incisions in the
    fascia down the extremity) may be necessary to
    relieve the pressure on the nerves and blood
    vessels if other measures do not relieve the
  • Elevation is the key to preventing compartment
    syndrome toes and fingers should be higher than
    the trunk

Fascial Compartments of the Calf
Nursing Management of Fractures
  • Assessment (data collection)
  • Initial assessment (pretreatment)
  • Mechanism of injury
  • Physical assessment
  • Special consideration of open fractures
  • Daily assessment (posttreatment)
  • Physical assessment of neurovascular status
  • Thorough assessment of a patient in a cast
  • Nutrition for immobile musculoskeletal patients

Nursing Management of Fractures (cont.)
  • Implementation
  • Cast carefiberglass and polyester cotton knit
    casts and plaster casts
  • Comfort measures
  • Positioning and repositioning
  • Itching and skin care

Nursing Management of Fractures (cont.)
  • Evaluation
  • Pain should be under control
  • Progress toward independent ADLs
  • No problems with immobility (skin breakdown,
    constipation, atelectasis, or DVT)
  • No complications (infection, compartment
  • If the goals are not being met, the plan should
    be revised

Inflammatory Disorders of the Musculoskeletal
  • Lyme disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pagets disease
  • Bone tumors

Lyme Disease
  • Cause
  • Transmitted by the bite of a deer tick. A
    systemic infection occurs from a bacteria called
    Spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi.
  • Signs and symptoms 1-2 weeks
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Bulls-eye rash
  • Pain and stiffness in joints and muscles
  • Progresses to Stage II if untreated 2-12 weeks
  • Carditis
  • Meningitis, peripheral neuritis, or facial
    paralysis similar to Bells Palsy
  • Fatigue, cognition problems, and arthralgias

Lyme Disease Rash
Deer Tick
Lyme Disease cont.
  • Treatment
  • Oral antibiotics such as doxicycline, amoxicillin
    by mouth for 10-21 days.
  • Later stages are treated with IV antibiotics
  • Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using
    insect repellent, wearing long sleeve clothing
    when in woods. Removing ticks promptly from

  • Etiology and pathophysiology
  • A non inflammatory degenerative joint disease
    that can affect any weight-bearing joint
  • The exact cause is not known
  • Risk factors Heredity, aging, female gender,
    obesity, previous joint injury, and
    recreational/occupational usage
  • People with osteoarthritis seem to produce less
    collagen to strengthen and protect the joints
  • With time joints become thickened and withstand
    weight poorly causing more damage to cartilage.

  • Signs, symptoms, and diagnosis
  • Usually occurs Asymmetrically
  • Typically affects only one or two joints
  • Chief symptoms
  • Aching pain with joint movement and stiffness and
    limitation of mobility
  • Joints may be deformed and nodules may be present 

Treatment of Osteoarthritis
  • Pain managementincluding salicylates,
    acetaminophen, or NSAIDs
  • Strengthening and aerobic exercise,
  • Weight reduction if the patient is overweight
  • Maintenance of joint function
  • Complementary and alternative therapies

Nursing Management of Osteoarthritis
  • Balance exercise and rest,
  • Walking, knitting, and swimming improve mobility
  • Moist heat application
  • Encourage to maintain weight within normal limits
    decreases stress on the joints.
  • Imagery, relaxation, and diversion
  • Quadriceps strengthening exercises may relieve
    pain and disability of the knee
  • Yoga and massage may help to manage the pain

Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Etiology and pathophysiology
  • Is an Inflammatory Disease of the joints
  • Rheumatoid factor will appear in the blood and in
    the synovial fluid of the joints.
  • Remissions and exacerbations
  • As the disease progresses Pannus is formed which
    is granulated tissue this can lead to ankylosis,
    and damage/atrophy of muscles
  • Subcutaneous nodules may form in the pleura,
    heart valves, or eyes

Rheumatoid cont.
  • Cause is unknown
  • Can occur at any age.
  • More common in older women
  • Maybe hormonal, genetic, environmental
  • An infectious agent may trigger an autoimmune

Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Joint pain, warmth, edema, limitation of motion,
    and multiple joint stiffness lasting more than 1
    hour, worse in the morning.
  • Symmetricalaffects joints of the hands, wrists,
    and feet. Nodules may form on the joints.
  • Limitations of ADLs due to joint deformity, and
  • Systemic symptoms
  • Low grade fever, anorexia, weight loss, anemia
    resistant to iron.

Comparison of Rheumatoid Arthritis and
  • Definition
  • Pathology
  • Etiology
  • Rheumatoid factors (autoantibodies)
  • Age at onset
  • Weight
  • General state of health
  • Appearance of joints
  • Muscles
  • Other

Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Diagnosis
  • History of morning stiffness that lasts more than
    one hour or arthritis pain in 3 or more joints
    that lasts more than 6 weeks for greater than 1
  • Blood tests for RF, C-reactive protein, and
    erythrocyte sedimentation rate, synovial fluid
  • be positive for RA
  • X-rays confirm the cartilage destruction and bone

Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Aimed at Relieving pain
  • Minimizing joint destruction
  • Promote joint function Rest exercise, and
  • Preserve ability to perform self-care
  • Immobilization and use of splints and other
    supportive devices during periods of severe
  • Hot and Cold Treatments

Medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • NSAIDs (i.e., ibuprofen) are the first-line
    agents used for arthritis pain
  • Other medications include salicylates,
    corticosteroids, antimalarial drugs,
    methotrexate, gold compounds, sulfasalazine,
    d-penicillamine, and disease-modifying
    antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Tumor necrosis factor drugs (TNF inhibitors)
  • Humeria, Prolia

Rheumatoid Treatment cont.
  • Systemic corticosteroids (Once thought to be
    miracle drugs) Long term affects diminish over
    time requiring and increase in the dose to obtain
    the same results.
  • Long term steroids increase the risk for diabetes
    mellitus, osteoporosis, hypertension, acne,
    cataracts, and weight gain.
  • Reserved for patient who do not get relief with
    the other drugs.

Medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)
  • The injection of steroids directly into a joint
    (intra-articular administration) has been used
    successfully in treating painful flare-ups,
    shortening the period of inflammation, and
    relieving pain and other symptoms
  • When intra-articular steroid therapy is used, it
    is recommended that not more than two or three
    doses be injected into any joint within 1 years

Clinical Cues
  • Monitor patients taking NSAIDs for GI intolerance
  • Assess liver, kidney, and central nervous system
    function frequently
  • Watch for signs of blood dyscrasias and check for
    tinnitus and hearing loss regularly
  • The side effects of NSAIDs can be serious and
    sometimes permanent
  • If early signs of toxicity appear, they should be
    reported promptly to the physician

Elder Care Points
  • Elderly arthritic patients must be taught to
    watch for side effects and promptly report to the
    physician or nurse
  • Dizziness, which predisposes to falls, can occur
    with analgesics for arthritis pain, particularly
    if the medication contains codeine
  • Advise patients to arise slowly, hold on to
    furniture until steady, and to wait until
    dizziness passes before trying to walk
  • Assistive devices for ambulation can also prevent

Surgical Intervention and Orthopedic Devices
  • Casts/braces and splints may be used to
    immobilize an affected part so that it can rest
    during an active phase of the arthritic disease
  • Surgery
  • Synovectomy -Excision of synovial membrane.
  • Osteotomy - Excision of a wedge of bone to allow
  • Tendon reconstruction
  • Joint replacement

Nursing Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Expected outcomes
  • Patients pain will be controlled with
    medications, heat, and exercise within 2 weeks
  • Patients mobility will improve with the use of
    assistive devices and physical therapy within 3
  • Patient will demonstrate less disturbance of body
    image by partaking in more social activities
    within 1 month

Implementation and Evaluation of Rheumatoid
  • Rest and exercise
  • Instructions for joint protection
  • Applications of heat and cold
  • Safety considerations
  • Patient teaching
  • Diet
  • Psychosocial care
  • Resources for patient and family education

Total Joint Replacement
  • May be done for a knee, shoulder, hip, elbow or
  • Hip and Knee the most common
  • Non cemented press fit prosthesis usually used
    for a younger, heavier, or active patient.
  • Cement used in the prosthetic usually lasts about
    10 years
  • Primary purpose is the relieve pain

Joint Replacement cont.
  • Most joints are elective surgery
  • Patient will come in for PAT work
  • Data collection will begin
  • An appointment will be scheduled for pre op
    teaching usually 3 weeks ahead of time
  • Many centers coordinating all the above on one

Joint Replacement
  • Expectations discussed
  • Pain management
  • Routine and expectations foley, IV activity
  • Rehab and PT
  • Pre op exercises, Isometric
  • Blood collection post op
  • Patient will receive instructions to complete
    chlorahexidine showers pre op or scrubs to the
    affected leg

Joint Replacement cont
  • Patient transported to OR in bed
  • Returned in bed
  • Ice for pain
  • Abductor pillows for Hip prosthesis to prevent
  • Pillow needs to be in place when turning the
    patient from side to side
  • Dislocation is the concern.

Joint Replacement cont.
  • Post Op
  • Patient may have a blood salvage unit . It is
    then filtered and retuned to the patient
  • Drain in surgical site, DVT prophalxsis
    important. Heparin, lovenox or counmadin
  • Weight bearing staus PT

Total Hip Replacement Discharge Teaching
  • It is OK to lay on operated side
  • For 3 months, you should not cross your legs
  • Put a pillow between legs when rolling over or
    lie on your side in bed
  • It is OK to bend your hip but not beyond a right
    (90-degree) angle
  • Avoid sitting in low chairs
  • Continue daily exercise program at home

  • Etiology and pathophysiology
  • Arthritis of a joint caused by high Uric acid
  • Possible factors
  • Genetic increase in purine metabolism
  • More common in patient populations that consume
    increase protein and high purine diets.
  • Big toe most common but can occur in other
  • Diuretic therapy and secondary gout because of
    the loss of fluids

Gout (cont.)
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Tight reddened skin over an inflamed, edematous
    joint accompanied by elevated temperature and
    extreme pain in the joint
  • Elevated serum uric acid
  • Diagnosis
  • History and physical examination
  • Serum uric acid

Gout (cont.)
  • Treatment
  • NSAIDs for 2-5 days
  • Colchicine, allopurinol, and probenecid (Benemid)
    given orally with drastic relief within 24-48
  • Febuxostat (Uloric)
  • Nursing management
  • Patient teaching and medications
  • Diet managementweight control and restriction of
    high-purine foods
  • Fluid intake Increase to 2000-3000cc per day to
    protect the kidney from crystal formation and

Gout cont.
  • Alcohol should be restricted
  • Patients who are placed on allopurinol require
    periodic liver function tests
  • Dietary restriction high purine diets.
  • Examples Red meat, organ meat, sardines,
    anchovies, sweetbreads.

Elder Care Points
  • Elderly patients with decrease creatine clearance
    should not take allopurinol.
  • If patient has elevate BP Cozar is a good choice.
    ARB controls BP and promotes dieresis

Audience Response Question 1
  • Dietary management of gout includes which
    measure(s)? (Select all that apply.)
  • Weight reduction
  • Salt restriction
  • High caloric intake
  • Avoiding foods high in purine
  • High-carbohydrate diet

  • Etiology and pathophysiology
  • Makes the patient more prone to fractures
  • Decrease in bone mass
  • Risk factors Age, chronic disease (i.e., liver,
    lung, kidney), medications (i.e., steroids,
    anticonvulsants, anticoagulants, proton pump
    inhibitors, selective serotonin inhibitors),
    long-term calcium deficiency, vitamin D
    deficiency, smoking, excessive caffeine or
    alcohol intake, and sedentary lifestyle
  • Premenopausal age of 35 women loose 1 bone mass
    a year. Post menopausal 2 per year

Osteoporosis (cont.)
  • Signs and symptoms
  • No early signs and symptoms
  • Height loss, kyphosis, and compression of the
  • Diagnosis
  • Bone x-rays Bones appear porous
  • Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA)
    reported as a T score
  • 1.5 to 2.0 standard deviations osteopenia
  • 2.5 to 3.0 standard deviations osteoporosis

  • Goals
  • Stop bone density loss
  • Increase bone formation
  • Prevent fractures
  • Estrogen replacement therapy
  • Adequate dietary and supplemental calcium and
    vitamin D
  • Weight-bearing exercise
  • Bisphosphonates (Fosamax, Actinol)

Treatment of Osteoporosis and Vertebral Fracture
  • Vertebral fractures are common in patients with
  • This are two new minimally invasive spine
    procedures for those who do not repond to
    tradtional therapy
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Kyphoplasty
  • These are often treated with pain medication,
    activity limitation, physical therapy, and

  • Parathyroid hormones are alternative treatment
    for post menopausal women who cant take
    estrogen. Miacalcin or Fortical
  • Contains calcitonin.
  • Diary Products are the best source of calcium
    cheese, yogurt, are better choices.
  • Sardines and anchovies are also sources of

Nursing Management
  • Promote screening for osteoporosis
  • Teach the benefits of healthy lifestyle, need for
    calcium supplement, and weight-bearing exercise
  • Medications, cautions, and side effects
  • Upright position for 1 hour after taking
    bisphosphonate-type drugs to prevent esophageal
    irritation and erosion

Pagets Disease
  • Etiology
  • More common in men
  • Cause unknown
  • Abnormal weak bones
  • Problem with bone reabsorbtion followed by
    replacement of normal marrow with fibrous
    connective tissue. Prone to fracture
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Pain main problem

Pagets Disease (cont.)
  • Diagnosis
  • X-Ray Usually diagnosed at time of fracture
  • 24 hour urine presence of hydroxyproline presence
    indicates osteoclasic activity
  • Serum alkaline phospatase is elevated in disease
  • Nursing management
  • Firm mattress may relieve back pain
  • Light brace or corset
  • Avoid lifting and twisting proper body mechanics

Bone Tumors
  • Etiology and pathophysiology
  • Bone is subject to both benign and malignant
  • Bone tumors are often seen in people 10-25 years
    of age ( Osteosarcoma)
  • Primary and secondary tumors
  • Arise from several types of tissues including
    cartilage, bone, and fibrous tissue

Bone Tumors (cont.)
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Pain, warmth, and swelling
  • Diagnosis
  • X-ray, bone scan, and biopsy
  • Metastatic Disease is seen more than a primary
    bone cancer
  • Malignancies of the prostate, kidney, breast,
    thyroid, and lung spread to the bone. Vertebrae,
    pelvis, and femur
  • Treatment
  • Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy

  • Lower-limb amputations are related to peripheral
    vascular disease, diabetes mellitus and resultant
    gangrene, severe trauma, malignancy, congenital
    defects, and military injuries from shrapnel and
    land mines
  • Upper-extremity amputations are brought on by
    crushing blows, thermal and electric burns,
    severe lacerations, vasospastic disease,
    malignancy, and infection

Amputation Preoperative Care
  • Patient participation in decision-making
  • May have preference of how to dispose of limb.
  • Stages of loss and grieving (Denial, anger,
  • Phantom sensations Patient remembers pain before
    surgery, brain still receiving signals
  • Physical preparation
  • Muscle strengthening exercises to prepare for
    post op rehabilitaion

Amputation Postoperative Care
  • Two most important post op concerns
  • Hemorrhage and edema of residual limb
  • Elevation for 24 hours after 24 hours hip
    contractures may develop
  • Monitoring for excessive bleeding
  • VS
  • IV fluids
  • Dressing care The initial dressing is usually
    removed by the surgeon 48 to 72 hours later.

Amputation Post Op Care
  • Assess the skin for inflammation or breakdown ,
    warmth, drainage
  • Assess pain
  • Phantom limb sensations
  • Miacalcin IV infusion during the week after
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator
  • Stump stocking

Amputation Postoperative Care (cont.)
  • Alternative modes for managing stump after
  • Soft dressing with delayed prosthetic fitting
  • Rigid plaster dressing and early prosthetic
  • Rigid plaster dressing and immediate prosthetic

Amputation Postoperative Care (cont.)
  • Adequate healing and weight-bearing
  • Below-the-knee amputation is better to begin
    walking and weight-bearing than above-the-knee
  • Abduction contractures and proper positioning
  • Adjusting to the new center of gravity
  • Patient teaching stump care, activity and
    weight-bearing, and exercise
  • Rehabilitation
  • Community care

C-Leg Prosthesis in Action
Care After Accidental Amputation
  • Rinse the detached part only enough to remove
    visible debris
  • Wrap the part in a clean, damp cloth
  • Place the part in a sealed plastic bag or in a
    dry water-tight container
  • Immerse the bag or container in a mixture of
    water and ice (3 parts water to 1 part ice). Do
    not let the part get wet or freeze

Care After Accidental Amputation (cont.)
  • Alternatively, place the container in an
    insulated cooler filled with ice
  • If no ice is available, keep the part cool do
    not expose it to heat
  • Tag the bag or container with the persons name
    and the name of the body part and take it to the
    hospital with the person