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Posture symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Posture symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had problems with posture?

    Why: to determine if childhood disorder or degenerative disorder with age.

  2. What is the age of the person with the postural problem?

    Why: Children are more likely to have a kyphosis (excessive front curvature of the upper thoracic spine) due to rickets, leukopolysaccharidosis, Hurler's disease, Scheuermann's disease, Pott's disease or Morquio's disease. Adults are more likely to suffer from osteoarthritis, Paget's disease, Parkinson's disease, osteomalacia, osteoporosis and ankylosing spondylitis.

  3. Risk factors for osteoporosis?

    Why: e.g. female sex, thin build, family history, early menopause, smoking, chronic alcoholism, high caffeine intake, low calcium intake, intestinal malabsorption, physical inactivity, prolonged corticosteroid use, Cushing's syndrome, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, Acromegaly, chronic renal failure.

  4. Past cancer history?

    Why: of cancers that may spread to bones e.g. breast, lung , prostate, thyroid, kidney, bladder, adrenal, melanoma and colorectal.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. osteoporosis, Paget's disease of the bone, kyphosis, scoliosis, Parkinson's disease, Rickets . Scoliosis may be due to unknown causes or due to poliomyelitis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or neurofibromatosis. Kyphosis may be associated with osteoporosis of the spine, ankylosing spondylitis and Scheuermann's disease.

  6. Medications?

    Why: a history of prolonged use of corticosteroids increases the risk of osteoporosis and resultant fractures.

  7. Family history?

    Why: e.g. osteoporosis.

  8. Cough?

    Why: The presence of a cough with a kyphosis deformity of the spine (excessive front curvature of the upper thoracic spine) would suggest tuberculosis of the spine, emphysema or lung cancer that has spread to the spine.

  9. Flat feet?

    Why: "round back" or "drooping shoulders" may be commonly associated with other postural defects such as flat feet.

  10. Symptoms of Scheuermann's disease (adolescent kyphosis)?

    Why: e.g. condition starts at puberty and is twice as common in girls than boys. The teenager becomes gradually more round-shouldered and may complain of backache and fatigue.

  11. Symptoms of osteoporosis?

    Why: e.g. may have acute back pain due to vertebral compression fractures, may develop a progressive kyphosis (becomes more round shouldered and has a Dowager's hump), fractures with minimal trauma.

  12. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

    Why: e.g. stooping posture, coarse hand tremor most marked at rest, rigidity of limbs, slowness in initiating and executing movements and speech, expressionless mask-like face and dementia (in later stages).

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Posture symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Posture symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Posture symptoms:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Posture symptoms' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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