Monday, September 29, 2014

Teacup pain syndrome

Patient: "Doctor, I've got pain in my left hip."

Me: "When does it hurt? When you're walking?"

P: "No, not really."

Me: "Does it hurt when you're exercising?"

P: "No..."

Me: "Does it hurt right now, while you're sitting here?"

P: "No, not right now."

Me: "Okay, so when does it hurt?"

P: "Doctor, it hurts when I do this." [Patient stands up, spreads his legs apart and lifts his left hip while simultaneous fully externally rotating it. Sort of a "I'm a little teacup" pose.]

Me: [barely concealing laughter] "Well, how often do you have to do that?"

P: "I guess not too often."

Me: "Okay, just try not to do that anymore."

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