Friday, August 15, 2014
I have had some issues with my glutes and my hamstring as of late. For a long time i felt one of my glute muscles was a cable. Yes, quite uncomfortable, and more recently discomfort in my 'hind leg' was added.
Of course the simplest thing would be to use my health care back ground and diagnose myself. I sort of have some idea what it might be ... gluteal muscles, hamstring, sciatica, piriformis nerve, was it more a lower back issue and was the discomfort radicular. The more I thought about it the more complicated it became.
Next step - should I consult "dr. google" ? Initially - I thought that was a good idea, but then on a second thought - no.
Of course I could also ask all my friends on SP for advise like a lot of people do. I am sure I would find an answer there.
While I was thinking my discomfort kind of got better - so perhaps I should just leave it alone. But, then I got a bright idea ... I made an appointment with a sports medicine doc. What a novel idea - I know.
I saw the sports med doc today. Very efficient assessment. I was still confused where this was going. At the end of the visit she had narrowed it down to a combination of hamstring issue with and added component of piriformis issue, and her recommendation of passive stretching. "Yes, I know" she said "it sounds counter intuitive" - however, when she explained it. So on to making the next appointment with a chiropractor.
Why is this important. It is important on different levels. Yes, you and I can read a lot by searching all kinds of resources online, and the history and the symptoms are important in diagnosing your ailment. However, adding the physical exam to the assessment by someone who knows what they are looking for is almost as important and most lay people does not know how to proper exam you. (Reminder - it was not my general practitioner I went to - but a sports medicine specialist).
Therefore - when you have something that needs to be addressed you are likely to hurt yourself if you don't have it assessed by a specialist, and the money spent on co-pay or what ever expense - to me - is well worth it .....
to your health.