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Hammer and Otoscope Examination for Joint Pain!

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Can somebody help me with this
When doing the physical examination of the SP with knee pain/back pain/ankle pain, should we do it with the patient lying down or sitting..cuz with knee pain its easier to do it with the SP sitting.
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Both situations are OK.

It depends on what are you examining. If you are examining for the musculoskeletal system only then maybe leaving the patient sitting is fine but you also have to get him/her stand up and ask to bend and see the back.

But if you are coming the knees from a trunk exam (cardiovascular, respiratory, abdomen, renal) then you can continue examining the limbs while the patient is supine.

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thanx a lot! everyone in this forum is soo helpful!
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