HNE Health staff member, Balakrishnan (Kichu) Nair, and Simon O’Connor from
Canberra Hospital, introduce a new MJA
series outlining essential clinical skills for generalists, doctors in training and medical students.
Eliciting an ankle jerk is not a trivial task. It requires the skills of an experienced bell-ringer, an expert golfer and a mechanical engineer.
The experience of the examiner and the positioning of the patient are two factors contributing to the accuracy of reported findings. Accurate
findings can provide invaluable clinical information.