Common Peroneal Nerve Palpation (click to enlarge)

One of the key points of a physical exam is to determine the exact location of a patient’s pain so one can correlate it to the history and specific anatomic parts. This helps to localize the area of the pain. It can be extremely accurate if it occurs over a specific structure. In general, I strive to palpate the area that hurts the most last so that other areas of injury may be accurately assessed to prevent a patient guarding due to pain occurring during the physical exam.