Reading ahead… :)

When I get stressed out about school, I tend to freeze up. I avoid studying; heck, I won’t even open up a book or my lecture notes.

But my college friends would always remind me to “do a little bit at a time,” and that I’ll “feel better once I gain some momentum.”

So here I am! I start my first year of medical school this Thursday, and I’m slightly stressed. My remedy is some self-guided studying on the scariest subject (in my opinion)… anatomy!

This figure diagrammatically depicts movements of the limbs, which take place at joints.

This morning, I practiced by completing a partial physical examination on my mom to check her carpometacarpal (CMC) and metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints. Both were fine! (Yay!)

Then we pretended that she experienced pain when I asked her to bring her thumb and little finger together (part C of the figure). According to this textbook entitled Clinically Oriented Anatomy, pain from this movement may be due to injury to either her CMC or her MCP joint.

As such, I wanted to determine if the pain was a result of her CMC joint, MCP joint, or both. So, I asked her to abduct and adduct her thumb as shown in part F of the figure. MCP is the active joint during this movement. If my mom had experienced pain during this movement, then I would have reason to believe that she has something wrong with her MCP joint–and perhaps her CMC joint as well! (Osteoarthritis anyone?)

Alright, *end lecture!* LAWL!

To all my medical school followers/geeks, please leave a comment if you believe that there is something wrong/incomplete with my analysis. I’m only on page 9 out of 70 for day 1’s reading for one class, so I’d appreciate your gentleness 😂

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