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Default Why do you do a neurological examnination for knee joint pain?

Hello every one.

My question is, in the CS, why do you have to test the muscle strength, reflexes and sensation for a knee joint pain case?

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The thing is that you're never sure of what caused the lesion on the first place.. If trauma is the possible cause, so there's always the possibility of neurovascular damage or compartment syndrome.. Conversely, you can think on the other way around too, what if there was initially a neurological compromise that led to the damage? We see this all the time in diabetic patients with charcot joints.. So, it's always better to put MSK and Neuro together, otherwise you might miss the main diagnosis here and there..
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Thanks cearamor, and congratulations on passing CS.
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