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Musculoskeletal Care

Dec 1, 2002 Issue
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injection of the Elbow Region [Article]

Joint injection of the elbow is a useful diagnostic and therapeutic tool for the family physician. In this article, the injection procedures for the elbow joint, medial and lateral epicondylitis, and olecranon bursitis are reviewed. Persistent pain related to inflammatory conditions responds well to...


Oct 15, 2002 Issue
Knee Joint Aspiration and Injection [Article]

Knee joint aspiration and injection are performed to aid in diagnosis and treatment of knee joint diseases. The knee joint is the most common and the easiest joint for the physician to aspirate. One approach involves insertion of a needle 1 cm above and 1 cm lateral to the superior lateral aspect of...


Sep 1, 2002 Issue
Foot Fractures That Are Frequently Misdiagnosed As Ankle Sprains [Article]

Most ankle injuries are straightforward ligamentous injuries. However, the clinical presentation of subtle fractures can be similar to that of ankle sprains, and these fractures are frequently missed on initial examination. Fractures of the talar dome may be medial or lateral, and they are usually t...


Aug 15, 2002 Issue
Percutaneous Vertebroplasty: New Treatment for Vertebral Compression Fractures [Article]

Interventional radiologists have been performing image-guided spinal procedures for many years. Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a newer technique in which a medical grade cement is injected though a needle into a painful fractured vertebral body. This stabilizes the fracture, allowing most patients t...


Jul 15, 2002 Issue
Joint and Soft Tissue Injection [Article]

Injection techniques are helpful for diagnosis and therapy in a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Diagnostic indications include the aspiration of fluid for analysis and the assessment of pain relief and increased range of motion as a diagnostic tool. Therapeutic indications include the de...


May 1, 2002 Issue
Common Conditions of the Achilles Tendon [Article]

The Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in the body, is vulnerable to injury because of its limited blood supply and the combination of forces to which it is subjected. Aging and increased activity (particularly velocity sports) increase the chance of injury to the Achilles tendon. Although conditio...


Feb 15, 2002 Issue
Trigger Points: Diagnosis and Management [Article]

Trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. They produce pain locally and in a referred pattern and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Acute trauma or repetitive microtrauma may lead to the development of stress on muscle fibers...


Sep 1, 2001 Issue
Over-the-Counter Foot Remedies [Article]

Several effective and inexpensive over-the-counter treatments are available for minor but troubling foot problems. In most cases, one week of therapy with topical terbinafine is effective for interdigital tinea pedis. Treatment of plantar warts with 17 percent salicylic acid with lactic acid in a co...


Aug 1, 2001 Issue
The V-Y Plasty in the Treatment of Fingertip Amputations [Article]

Fingertip amputations are injuries commonly seen by family physicians. The classification of fingertip injuries corresponds with the normal anatomy of the tip of the digit. There are three zones of injury; the V-Y plasty technique is used to repair zone II injuries. The plane of the injury can be de...


May 15, 2001 Issue
Fingertip Injuries [Article]

The family physician often provides the first and only medical intervention for fingertip injuries. Proper diagnosis and management of fingertip injuries are vital to maintaining proper function of the hand and preventing permanent disability. A subungual hematoma is a painful condition that involve...


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