Musculoskeletal Care

Apr 15, 1999 Issue
Plantar Fasciitis and Other Causes of Heel Pain [Article]

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. It is usually caused by a biomechanical imbalance resulting in tension along the plantar fascia. The diagnosis is typically based on the history and the finding of localized tenderness. Treatment consists of medial arch support, anti-inflammat...

Apr 1, 1999 Issue
Adhesive Capsulitis: A Sticky Issue [Article]

The shoulder is a very complex joint that is crucial to many activities of daily living. Decreased shoulder mobility is a serious clinical finding. A global decrease in shoulder range of motion is called adhesive capsulitis, referring to the actual adherence of the shoulder capsule to the humeral he...

Jul 01, 1998 Issue
Lisfranc Injury of the Foot: A Commonly Missed Diagnosis [Article]

Lisfranc joint injuries are rare, complex and often misdiagnosed. Typical signs and symptoms include pain, swelling and the inability to bear weight. Clinically, these injuries vary from mild sprains to fracture-dislocations. On physical examination, swelling is found primarily over the midfoot regi...

Mar 15, 1998 Issue
Osteopetrosis [Article]

Osteopetrosis is a rare hereditary bone disorder that presents in one of three forms: osteopetrosis tarda, osteopetrosis congenita and "marble bone" disease. Osteopetrosis tarda, the benign form, presents in adulthood, while the two more malignant variants, osteopetrosis congenita and marble bone di...

Feb 15, 1998 Issue
Management of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tears [Article]

Rotator cuff impingement syndrome and associated rotator cuff tears are commonly encountered shoulder problems. Symptoms include pain, weakness and loss of motion. Causes of impingement include acromioclavicular joint arthritis, calcified coracoacromial ligament, structural abnormalities of the acro...

Feb 1, 1998 Issue
The Injured Ankle [Article]

Ankle injuries are common presenting complaints in both emergency departments and family physicians' offices. Approximately 1 million ankle injuries occur annually in the United States; most of them are sprains resulting from inversion injuries. Treatment options differ according to the grade of inj...

Jan 15, 1998 Issue
Commonly Missed Orthopedic Problems [Article]

When not diagnosed early and managed appropriately, common musculoskeletal injuries may result in long-term disabling conditions. Anterior cruciate ligament tears are some of the most common knee ligament injuries. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis may present with little or no hip pain, and subtle ...

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