Friday was the first time I was in the clinic and had the opportunity to do an evaluation. Every time I have been in the clinic I either do a rehab, a treatment, or a practice. My schedule is also so busy that it is hard for me to be in the clinic in the afternoon because I work every day. So Friday was the first time I did an evaluation. However, I was not alone on this evaluation, I was able to tag team it with Colin. Colin did most of the writing while I performed the palpation, ROM, and special tests. The evaluation was on a shoulder. I went through the whole evaluation and tried to remember my practical sheet. However, this was not the right thing to do. I got stuck in trying to remember what to do next, and I started to freak out because I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of the patient and Colin. So then, I used to patient to remember what to do. I forgot about all my memorization from my practical sheets and used the history and ROM to proceed to my next task. I was able to pin point where the pain occurred, in what position, and what made it irritated. I also found three muscles in particular that I were the most inflamed including the subscapularis, supraspinatus, teres minor. After getting to the ROM section, my preceptor came in to continue watching the evaluation. I was able to learn different ways to bilaterally check the ROM of the scapula which was helpful because the patient could not abduct their arm past 90 degrees. Throughout the evaluation I was able to perform the rest myself, and my preceptor did not say anything. By the end, I was told what I did good and what I needed to work on. I was very nervous because it’s a lot harder when trying to figure out what the patients initial injury is then just following my practical sheet. But I was also told I perform my tests right and diagnosed the patient with the correct injury. I learned from this experience that I show review my old practical sheets every Sunday (which I have already started). I have been feeling behind with remembering special tests, so I know by doing this will help me in the long run. This experience helped me realize that I couldn’t just relay on knowing my practical sheet. I need to take time to go back and put together injury and special tests for the body.
Lastly, this week was a good week for my clinical book! I wrote in 17 attempts and masteries. I was able to get them from practicing with my preceptor for my wrist and hand practical, and I got my masteries from m practical the next day.
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