Is my treatment actually helping is a common question? The real measure of your treatment progress often times comes down to the examination skills of your doctor.
This is one of the questions we get quite often not only from patients but also from physicians and physical therapists who are new at treating patients with chronic pain and peripheral neuropathy.
It’s also very important to understand one of the basic concepts common to many patients with the most common types of pain is that laboratory and diagnostic tests are often completely normal. Sometimes, there are only very slight abnormalities which are misinterpreted or remain a point of confusion for both the doctor and the patient.
There are also tests like EMGs and nerve conduction studies, and sometimes even these are normal or nearly so. All of this makes accurately evaluating effective neuropathy and pain treatments a real specialty.
Let me share a secret with you. The real measure of your treatment progress often times comes down to the examination skills of your treating clinician. Even despite extensive technology, a good examination is still the most important element of getting great care!
Furthermore your doctor must have excellent record keeping systems so he or she can retrieve your information on a moments notice.
Some of the things that we check for are really quite simple. Things like your range of motion, sensation to touch, temperature, and vibration. Also your ability to walk on your heels and toes will be tested. All of these things can tell us so much about your progress.
Yes, sometimes you will need more diagnostic tests to confirm your progress. But, there is still no substitute for a very thorough initial examination as well as thorough and periodic follow-up examinations.
You should always feel completely comfortable with your doctor and her examination skills. If not, find somebody else. Ask questions but most especially ask what the answers to those questions mean. You have every right to expect honest answers.
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