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At your yearly physical examination, does your doctor spend a lot of time poking around?

Posted Sep 26 2010 11:50pm
Dr. David Rice, a pulmonary and critical care ...

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Back in the good ol’ days, it seems your doctor would always strike your knee with that hammer-like object to check your reflexes.  It was part of the yearly physical examination - about as common as opening your mouth to say, “aahhh.”

Then came high-tech. These days, you may notice your doctor spending extra time pumping numbers and stats into the computer. Should your doctor be spending less time with the mouse and more time probing your body, checking for abnormalities?

National Public Radio has a great story that’s well worth your time to read.

In my case, my doctor knows I have prostate cancer, so he’s focused on my PSA and knows I am under the care of a urologist. He also knows I have had a history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Yet, my doctor will take the time to check my throat, glance into my eyes and ears and poke around my stomach and liver areas, looking for potential trouble.  He’ll also listen to my heart to make sure the circulatory system is up to speed.

I will admit my doctor rarely uses the rubber reflex hammer on my knees. That’s okay with me.  I never quite understood the idea behind the famed leg tap. If you’re a doctor reading this, let me know.


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