There is a reason why I try to educate every single client on the symptoms they are presenting with. Most of the time what you are suffering from is not what it seems, which is a good thing. So before you go and self diagnose with Dr. Google I’m going to show you the Top 3 Misdiagnosed Symptoms that I face every day and show you what they most likely are.
If I had a dollar for every time somebody says they have sciatica . . . . It’s made especially fascinating when they walk in without a limp or even a “wince” of pain. Now, don’t get me wrong, some people can handle pain differently than others, but you’ll know it if you have sciatica. More commonly it will be caused by a lesser known muscle called the piriformis. This little bugger sits deep in the back of the hip and can cause some nasty issues when it is not doing what it should. The reason for this is because it sits directly over the sciatic nerve. The easiest way to tell if it’s sciatica is if there is a burning sensation all the way down the back of the leg and into the big toe. Either way they are both treatable.
2. Shin Splints
So you’ve just started preseason training and the grounds are still pretty hard and dry. Not to mention you have new shoes that you’re still wearing in and you’re a few extra kilos heavier after Christmas. You start to get pain in the shins and just above the ankle joint. This may be anterior compartment syndrome which is actually quite similar to carpal tunnel syndrome (yes, that’s in the list). Commonly caused by overuse of the muscles in the lower leg when they all fight for space, this pain has unnecessarily led a few sufferers to their GP’s. It’s not just sports people that suffer from this as it can affect anybody that walks on hard surfaces day in and day out. It’s pretty easy to treat this and believe me you do NOT want to get shin splints grafted.
3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
I wasn’t sure whether to add this or not as carpal tunnel syndrome is quite a common injury in itself. However, it is still a symptom more people are complaining about and is still heavily misdiagnosed. Most likely it is simply wrist pain and it can come in many different forms and can affect many areas of the forearm but it’s only when it affects the wrist itself is when the term carpal tunnel syndrome gets used. This is extremely common in office workers who are typing for the majority of the day and can leave us shaking our hands to get some sort of relief.
So there you have it. I hope you all learnt something from this. If you or anybody you know is suffering from any of the above please come and see me.