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Musculoskeletal Care

Apr 1, 2009 Issue
Chronic Neck Pain [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.


Jan 1, 2009 Issue
Principles of Casting and Splinting [Article]

The ability to properly apply casts and splints is a technical skill easily mastered with practice and an understanding of basic principles. The initial approach to casting and splinting requires a thorough assessment of the injured extremity for proper diagnosis. Once the need for immobilization is...


Aug 1, 2008 Issue
Choosing a Skeletal Muscle Relaxant [Article]

Skeletal muscle relaxants are widely used in treating musculoskeletal conditions. However, evidence of their effectiveness consists mainly of studies with poor methodologic design. In addition, these drugs have not been proven to be superior to acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs f...


Feb 15, 2008 Issue
Chronic Shouler Pain Part I: Evaluation and Diagnosis [Article]

Shoulder pain is defined as chronic when it has been present for longer than six months. Common conditions that can result in chronic shoulder pain include rotator cuff disorders, adhesive capsulitis, shoulder instability, and shoulder arthritis. Rotator cuff disorders include tendinopathy, partial ...


Feb 15, 2008 Issue
Chronic Shoulder Pain: Part II. Treatment [Article]

Chronic shoulder pain is a common problem in the primary care physician's office. Effective treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis of the more common etiologies: rotator cuff disorders, adhesive capsulitis, acromioclavicular osteoarthritis, glenohumeral osteoarthritis, and instability. Activity ...


Jan 1, 2008 Issue
Clavicle Fractures [Article]

The clavicle is a common site for injury because of its superficial location, its thin midshaft, and the forces transmitted across it. Most clavicle fractures occur in the midshaft and can be treated nonoperatively; surgery is an option for those that have high potential for nonunion. Distal fractures can also be treated nonoperatively, although certain factors must be considered in children.


Dec 1, 2007 Issue
AAP Releases Recommendations on Overuse Injuries and Overtraining in Child Athletes [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released guidelines to assist in identifying and counseling children at risk of overuse injuries and overtraining syndrome.


Oct 1, 2007 Issue
Radiologic Evaluation of Chronic Foot Pain [Article]

Chronic foot pain is a common and often disabling clinical complaint that can interfere with a patient's routine activities. Despite careful and detailed clinical history and physical examination, providing an accurate diagnosis is often difficult because chronic foot pain has a broad spectrum of po...


Sep 15, 2007 Issue
Diagnosis and Management of Metatarsal Fractures [Article]

Patients with metatarsal fractures often present to primary care settings. Initial evaluation should focus on identifying any conditions that require emergent referral, such as neurovascular compromise and open fractures. The fracture should then be characterized and treatment initiated. Referral is...


Sep 15, 2007 Issue
Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis [Article]

Lateral epicondylitis is a common overuse syndrome of the extensor tendons of the forearm. It is sometimes called tennis elbow, although it can occur with many activities. The condition affects men and women equally and is more common in persons 40 years or older. Despite the prevalence of lateral e...


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