Thursday, January 3, 2008

Choosing a Doctor: Get the right "fit"

We've all been there. Our tendenitis, fasciitis, bursitis (any "itis," really) has finally gotten so bad that we've bitten the bullet and gone to see the doctor. And, instead of hearing what we really need to hear - sage, doctorly advice that'll help fix us up and get us back on the road for our marathon just 6 weeks nigh - we hear the last thing we need to hear - "don't run for three months." While such a tough prescription is sometimes necessary, more often than not we leave these appointments knowing these doctors just don't understand. They may as well ask someone with a lung infection to stop breathing. In today's New York Times, Gina Kolata tackles this very subject in an interesting article dissecting the biases of both running doctors and running patients (story). Check it out. It all seemed quite familiar.

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