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Posted by: Rebecca Howitt, 16 Oct 2012 9:03AM
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Trapped/Pinched nerve

I recently had a client who had seen a nerologist who said they could have a pinched/trapped nerve in their neck and was waiting on a scan to find out. I decided not to treat as i was told this was a contraindication when i trained as a Therpist and my gut feeling was not to treat until this was confirmed. I have been advised otherwise that in the future i should treat regardless as its generally muscular. Your views would be appreciated


Janice Hamilton
16 Oct 2012 10:30AM

Dear Rebecca I'm not sure who is advising you to go ahead and treat as it's "generally muscular", but if a client has gone to a GP and is being sent for further medical tests to confirm initial diagnosis, I would do exactly as you have done - after all, we are not medical experts and do not diagnose - once you know what you're dealing with you can then make a decision as to how to proceed. Regards Janice
Rebecca Howitt
16 Oct 2012 11:09AM

My thoughts exactly Janice i thought i did the right thing and i told the client when we know more we could take it from there. This client was on very strong painkillers and could hardly move her neck and it kept her awake at night. At the end of the day its my head on the block and if i think a client should not be treated then i will not treat regardless. Thank you for your feedback Janice its nice to have someone in agreement to i have done the right thing. I took my training very seriously unfortunatly some people think they know best! "muscular" Thanks again :)
Mike Colquhoun
16 Oct 2012 11:53AM

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