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Testing, Testing (Reflexes)

Toni-Ann DiSantis

Testing, Testing (Reflexes)

Your physician uses the knee reflexes a fast, safe, and noninvasive way to test the health of your neuro-muscular system. Too dramatic a kick response,  delayed one, or none at all could each indicate a problem elsewhere in the body, such as nerve damage, diabetes, a thyroid disorder, a brain tumor, or a spinal cord issue, like a bulging disc. (Your reflexes can also be tested at your elbow, wrist, and ankle, as well as the crook of your arm, but the knee tends to be the easier, go-to spot for docs.)