Ghetto Booty – A New Medical Term – Know the Signs



Ghetto Booty: Terry Ragland has filed a complaint against Jackson, Tennesse doctor Timothy Sweo. She says she was insulted when she went to him for back pain treatment. “He said ‘I know what the problem is. It’s ghetto booty’. I think I blacked out after he said ghetto booty. I think my mind was just stuck on the phrase because I couldn’t believe he said that. It’s one of those things where my hip seems to slip, like it’s slipping out of place a little bit. It’s painful when you get up to go walk it kind of slips, you know. He said there’s no cure for it but I could give you something if you’re having pain. It says to me that he doubts what type of intellect I have, how intelligent I am to be able to understand what he conveys to me in a medical term. It’s not endearing. It’s not loving. It’s not a compliment. It’s wrong in every aspect and it’s very demeaning.”

Sweo told Channel 3 in Memphis, “What I was trying to explain to that patient is that she has lumbar lordosis, which is a fancy name for the curve of the lower spine that makes the buttocks protrude more. In trying to explain that I said that she had ghetto booty and she didn’t like that apparently. That was my attempt to explain why she had the back problem. It wasn’t the whole problem but it was part of it and she got upset about it. You cannot cure lumbar lordosis. I think I do understand why her feelings were hurt but I don’t understand what’s offensive about it.”

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