How to memorize orthopedic tests/muslce testing

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#1 31 December, 2016 - 15:00
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How to memorize orthopedic tests/muslce testing

Orthopedic tests are actions involving two people. Namely, the doctor and the patient. For instance with Soto Hall test the patient lies down on flat on their back. The doctor puts one of his hands under the patient's head and the other on the patient's sternum to hold them down. The doctor then pulls up on the head flexing it forward so the chin moves toward the chest.

What system would you use to memorize this? You would need to know the name as well as the action being performed as well as what the positive signs would be.


31 December, 2016 - 23:37
Joined: 5 months 2 weeks ago

Hi joe,
For medical science according to me association & integration helps most.
For instance, for this test ; if i suspect vertebral fracture i would like to know the level first of all for that first thing that come to my mind is that spinous process # is most common, let's revise that it is the site of attachment of posterior spinous ligament.. We made it pull in this test to determine the level thus we have to flex head but we shouldn't make thoracic or lumbar vertebral movement thus we put another hand on sternum(with slight pressure) as and when the pull on the particular post. spinous lig. occur there will be excruciating pain (that leads to admission of pt to hall[a location in my med school] (so-to-hall) sorry for the bas mnemonic.

But if you know the basics you will never forget it. Just you have to remember names of classifications & and some tests with mnemonics.
Sometimes i just remember by short forms like KSH in reduction of ant. shoulder dislocation (kocher's, stimpson', hippocratic) or making some word according like propaganda (pro- pronation, pag - palmar angulation, Unda- ulnar deviation) [for colles' cast]
For fat embolism there is Gurd criteria but i remember "Curd". Something like that.
Hope you can got me..

But i would like to know other's views and tips also.


1 January, 2017 - 14:25
Joined: 4 years 1 month ago

That is helpful. Thanks for responding, however, it seems that this is heavily relying on association or something similar to PAO. That's not a bad thing, but I was thinking more along the lines of what people think would be the best way to remember a series of physical movements.

What if I was in martial arts and wanted to remember a kata? Or something similar, maybe a dance.

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