The definition of a diagnosis is the identification of the nature of an illness or other problem. These can be extremely useful in extreme cases such as being diagnosed with life threatening illness such as cancer. However, we tend to come across more and more “diagnoses” that are non-committal in nature such as fibromyalgia, patellofemoral pain, low back pain and shoulder impingement. To the patient, these look like serious issues on a piece of paper. To a physical therapist, these read as “the patient has pain.” We need to be careful with labeling our findings with vague, non-specific, meaningless diagnoses. The fact of the matter is, people are uncomfortable with the unknown. They want an explanation for their complaint. We must empower the patient with the education that diagnosis is not important. When we put labels on it, the patient keeps that label forever. “Your back hurts?” “Yeah, I have fibryomyalgia” or “My hip bothers me when I run, but my doctor said I have bursitis a couple months ago.” It is discouraging how frequently we have conversations like these, but at the end of the day it comes down to education. Let’s break the mold of looking for a diagnosis for our patients and just explain to them WHY they are in pain. Trust me, more of them are willing to learn that you probably give them credit for.
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