There is nothing hilarious about whacking your funny bone. In fact, the funny bone is not a bone. It is called that because of the funny – as in hard to describe – feeling you get when that part of the elbow is hit. What you are actually hitting is the ulnar nerve that runs from your neck to your hand. This nerve innervates muscles in the forearm and hand. The end of the nerve has two branches. The little finger and half the ring finger are innervated by these branches.
According to a recent study conducted by the American Osteopathic Association, misdiagnosis of foot and ankle injuries can lead to poor patient outcomes, including long-term disability and the further development of disabling conditions. The study goes on to recommend that physicians seek out additional imaging and second opinions rather than risk a potential misdiagnosis of injury.
These include sports injuries such as turf toe, snowboarder's fracture, Lisfranc fracture, and more.
The study indirectly concludes that sometimes a second opinion can mean the difference between getting back to sports and activities you love and being sidelined for the long term:
- Misdiagnosed and undertreated snowboard fractures are connected to future development of arthritis.
- Foot injuries and turf toe, when misdiagnosed or untreated, have been linked to future chronic pain and disability.
- Undertreated foot and ankle injuries can also, and often do, lead to future and more debilitating injury down the road.
The double board certified team at Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians is available for second opinions for a wide range of sport and spine injuries, and are here to answer any additional questions you may have about your diagnosis.
Call our offices to schedule your appointment today.
5788 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: (678) 752-7246