Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Scapula

Me: "My scapula hurts."

Husband: "Where's the scapula?"

Me: "Are you serious? How do you not know that?"

Husband: "Um, non-doctors don't know where the scapula is."

Me: "Yes, they do!"

Husband: "No, they don't."

Me: "I'm going to ask my blog readers about that."

29 comments:

  1. Ya, I do. Not a doctor, don't even have a Bachelors degree. I do a lot of weight training.

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  2. I learned this in either middle or high school- but I loved anatomy.

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  3. My partner, a non-medic, knows where the scapula is.

    Though what other people don't know or think is REALLY SURPRISING.

    I was at a quiz night with some friends (which includes some nurses) and the question was, what is the medical name for the shoulder bone?
    Well.... The shoulder is a joint, not a bone to start off with but we thought about it and decided on scapula because it is the socket for the humerus and the humerus wouldn't be called the shoulder bone (it is the arm bone!) and the tip point of your shoulder is your acromion which is scapula so.. that was what we decided.

    You know the answer? The clavicle. WTF!! It isn't even involved in the shoulder... And the layman term is collar bone.
    Naturally, we argued this but he 'checked' on yahoo answers or something ridiculous and decided we were wrong... *sigh*

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    1. Perhaps because the clavicle is the only bone completely included in the shoulder girdle? (from the sternum to the shoulder itself?) That question is so wrongly formulated that I believe any answer could virtually be correct. As in ANY answer at all.

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  4. I know scapula! XD
    ...oh wait, I'm a medical student...

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  5. Non-medical but did take AP anatomy in HS....too too manyvyears ago. But truth be told I was thinking ofbthe clavicle but as soon as that was said I knew where the scapula was.

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  6. Non-med person here - have heard the term but don't know to what it refers. I'm with Mr. Fizzy on this one.

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  7. I know what the scapula is but also loved HS anatomy. I work in health care (not an md or rn) but knew it before I started in this field.

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  8. Because people usually call them shoulder blades, right? People I know don't know what a scapula is unless they know something about anatomy.

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  9. I know where it is because mine hurts too. I fell down the stairs in January, broke my humerus and ruined my shoulder. Total shoulder replacement surgery and 7 months later, it still hurts like mad.

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  10. Massage therapists also know what a scapula is. We are non-doctors.

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  11. Just asked my mom. She thought it was a medical instrument. You know, they thing they cut you with.

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  12. Sometimes called the shoulder blade as well? No, I didn't peek at the other answers!

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  13. I've heard the term but am not sure of it. I think it's shoulder related?

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  14. That is were you buy tickets out side the staduium from some guy

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  15. 1st year resident here, so I don't count, but my anatomy partner 1st year of med school kept getting the words 'scapula' and 'scalpel' mixed up.

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  16. School Psychologist here and I knew what the scapula was immediately and without peeking at the answer!

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  17. I don't count either, but this reminds of the difficulty explaining more abstract concepts to lay people. Case in point, on my peds rotation as a medical student, we have a young girl with ITP. Explaining the condition to her mother was impeded by her seeming inability to understand what a platelet was.

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  18. My first thought was "that thing they cut you with"... lol. No clue at all on what it was before I read the comments - didn't even know it was shoulder related.

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  19. Had this argument with my husband before. I told him he needed to massage by the side of my scapula. He was very confused. I thought it was a word he would know, but apparently not.

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  20. pre-med reporting in, whenever the parentals would ask about anatomy and whatnot the scapula was always one of the bones they seemed to know (neither are in health care)

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  21. I do, but mostly because I was a biology major in college and I now defend medical-malpractice cases (I'm also married to a doctor, but it's not like she sits around drilling me on scientific names of body parts. Yet.). I would not expect the average non-science-inclined person to know, though.

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  22. My 7 year old got it wrong...but he knows what a patella is!

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  24. I know where the scapula is... but I took Experiential Anatomy in high school. (Anatomy for dancers, basically. Complete with The Anatomy Coloring Book.)

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  25. My very non-medical husband knows when he's showing off to me (as well as myocardial infarction and patella). He does not know when I ask him to rub it. Selective knowledge? :)

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  26. Well educated but non-clinical professional here. I had a guess, turns out I was thinking about the sternum. But if I Injured it you can be sure I'd learn and remember the term forever.

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