This is an example of a body diagram that is used by the physical therapists at Active Physical Therapy. Every new injury gets an individual othopaedic examination. This body diagram helps the physical therapist localize not only the symptoms but possible sources of pain. In most cases, the location of the pain helps the determination of the diagnosis. However, on rare occasion pain location can be due to a radicular or referred pathology, meaning the pain experienced by a patient is felt at a different location than it’s origin.
In the picture shown, this is a classic example of symptomology for a person who has a sedentary lifestyle (office worker, dentist, CPA, long commute), where the individual experiences pain in the cervical and lumbar region. What do you think? Is this an example of referred pain? Find out when we post Part 2.