A Massage therapist giving medical diagnosis

  • sportsjockla

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    Oct 23, 2012 1:13 PM GMT
    I'm a CPT and recently went on a trip with 2 of my clients and his massage therapist. The MT gave one of my clients a massage then starting giving him medical diagnosis. Saying his shoulder was dislocated, which it wasn't. Then was telling MY Client how to train,

    Has anyone EVER seen or gotten really bad and dangerous advice for a Professional?
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    Oct 23, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    Bad advice, but from the supposed expert. I was having knee pain, my first step being to visit the Army troop clinic, where I saw a Lt. Colonel/MD who said he was an orthopedic specialist (I was a Major at the time, the next lower rank). He gave me cortisone injections into my left knee there in the clinic, not at the hospital. Horribly painful, I almost fainted at one point.

    But the knee got worse and I couldn't do PT. A fellow officer knew another orthopedic surgeon at the main hospital's orthopedics department and got me a direct referral. He examined me and in turn had me see their full Colonel/MD department chief, who was very upset by the diagnosis & treatment the troop clinic doctor had given me, and confided that his office had been trying to bring malpractice charges against him.

    The Lt. Col. was at the troop clinic (a place for general non-critical care) because he'd been booted out of the hospital's orthopedics, and been ordered not to practice any orthopedic work there. I hadn't known that previously, and the Colonel said my case might provide some hard evidence to make charges stick. By being misdiagnosed and the proper treatment delayed, while being told to keep exercising and running, which I did for several months, he said my knee joint had been made permanently worse.

    In the meantime I was scheduled for knee surgery 3 days later by the Colonel himself. My knee never did fully heal, as predicted, and I was told I'd need a total joint replacement in a few years, but I've been avoiding it all this time, one of the reasons I walk with a cane. It's one of my rated VA disabilities at 20%.
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    Oct 23, 2012 7:18 PM GMT
    A massage therapist giving medical advice is like a doctor giving rocket science advice.
  • bischero

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    Oct 23, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    sportsjockla saidI'm a CPT and recently went on a trip with 2 of my clients and his massage therapist. The MT gave one of my clients a massage then starting giving him medical diagnosis. Saying his shoulder was dislocated, which it wasn't. Then was telling MY Client how to train,

    Has anyone EVER seen or gotten really bad and dangerous advice for a Professional?


    Haha, I wouldn't call a MT a "professional" in the sense that they can make a diagnosis.

    They are professionals for sure... but not diagnosticians at all. icon_razz.gif
  • sportsjockla

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    Oct 23, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidBad advice, but from the supposed expert. I was having knee pain, my first step being to visit the Army troop clinic, where I saw a Lt. Colonel/MD who said he was an orthopedic specialist (I was a Major at the time, the next lower rank). He gave me cortisone injections into my left knee there in the clinic, not at the hospital. Horribly painful, I almost fainted at one point.

    But the knee got worse and I couldn't do PT. A fellow officer knew another orthopedic surgeon at the main hospital's orthopedics department and got me a direct referral. He examined me and in turn had me see their full Colonel/MD department chief, who was very upset by the diagnosis & treatment the troop clinic doctor had given me, and confided that his office had been trying to bring malpractice charges against him.

    The Lt. Col. was at the troop clinic (a place for general non-critical care) because he'd been booted out of the hospital's orthopedics, and been ordered not to practice any orthopedic work there. I hadn't known that previously, and the Colonel said my case might provide some hard evidence to make charges stick. By being misdiagnosed and the proper treatment delayed, while being told to keep exercising and running, which I did for several months, he said my knee joint had been made permanently worse.

    In the meantime I was scheduled for knee surgery 3 days later by the Colonel himself. My knee never did fully heal, as predicted, and I was told I'd need a total joint replacement in a few years, but I've been avoiding it all this time, one of the reasons I walk with a cane. It's one of my rated VA disabilities at 20%.


    That sucks when you get bad advice and treatment fro an MD. The guy I'm talking about isn't even an MD, which is really dangerous also felony
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    Oct 23, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    As long as businessmen don't go off the handle giving Presidential advice we all should be fine. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 23, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    Actors give political advice all the time. icon_smile.gif
  • Medjai

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    Oct 23, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
    I have an acquaintance that is an acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese Medicine. She gives advice all the time like she knows what she's talking about...
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    Oct 23, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    This is an area where the consumer has to take responsibility. I"m sure that there are plenty of MT that would give advice thinking that they truly are helping people and I'm sure that some one, one day, will hold the MT responsible because they were too stupid to consider who they were getting their diagnosis from. That's why I only go to my mechanic when my back is hurting! People need to start using their brains for a change.