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Is there an actual reason a sports medicine doc. would need me to do this?

Asked by tranquilsea (17655points) July 13th, 2010

I’ve had endless problems with my shins and running. I may have shin splints or I may have compartment syndrome.

I went to see a sports medicine doctor yesterday and his medical student did most of the testing with me. When the actual doctor showed up he ran one more test on me. He asked me to jump up and down on one foot and then the other.

Please tell me that there is some medical reason for this and what it is?

I got a really weird vibe from the room. The medical student kept talking about how he messes most things up and he was super nervous.

Then end result is that I am going for a bone scan to rule out shin splints. Then I’ll be treated for the compartment syndrome.

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Dr_Lawrence's avatar

There might be a rational explanation. Of course if you are curvaceous and adorable, then may just have had a non-medical motivation.~

tranquilsea's avatar

@Dr_Lawrence I actually paused when he asked as my mind was going crazy trying to figure out why. I was not wearing my most supportive bra…I was not expecting to be jumping.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Doctors are not deities. Ask if you have doubts. If they can offer a plausible reason, let the girls bounce a little.

tranquilsea's avatar

@Dr_Lawrence I know they are not but I don’t like my insecurities to get in the way of a medical diagnosis hence the pause.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I always ask doctors my questions and expect and if necessary, demand complete and respectful answers.

WestRiverrat's avatar

You are paying him. If you don’t know the reason for a test, ask. If he can’t or won’t give you a satisfactory answer, seek a new doctor.

tranquilsea's avatar

In ordinary circumstances I would have asked but I was upset by other information I had received just prior to the exam. And the exam was a tad weird which set off some alarm bells.

BCarlyle's avatar

I think you may have been jaded by the fumbling medical student. The doctor was probably trying to assess how you tolerated having an increased load applied on your shins, knees, ankles, and feet. The test would allow him to see if this was painful, or if you have muscle weakness anywhere in your leg. It is probably a pretty good test to simulate running and other activities where you would have increased load.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I have had my ortho ask me to jump like that before. How you land on impact shows the relationship between your ankle and knee alignment. I can’t do it on my left leg at all, and that’s the one that I have the most problems with. As it turns out, the pain in my ankle and knee is caused by my hip being twisted on one side.

tranquilsea's avatar

Good to know!

I suspect that I was a bit thrown off guard by the medical student.

sleepdoc's avatar

OK ... here are some of the rules of engagement.

Medical students are taught to be complete. Most of them go overboard and become overly complete. Part of the reason they do this, is that they don’t know what is important and what isn’t. Another part of the reason is that they have spent time learning all these physical exam skills which they now want to demonstrate and use. So early on they do this at every opportunity. Later they figure out to become focused.

Experienced physicians can kind of know where things are headed mostly from the history and can know what things will narrow the diagnosis. So you will likely not get the head to toe with them anytime.

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