Today, I saw a patient complaining of low back “achiness,” not really anything painful. All neuros, DTR’s, myotomes, dermatomes were normal. Mild discomfort was illicited with a few orthopedic tests. Due to the patient’s age and having sustained a minor fall 1 month ago, my supervising doctor recommended we take x-rays of his lumbar spine to be sure all was clear to begin treatment.
The x-rays revealed this patient had sustained a compression fracture. Thanking God for the wisdom I have gained at LACC. This was a moment where as a student, I take a step back and say “Whoa! This is really serious business!”