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Musculoskeletal Care - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on musculoskeletal care and related issues, including fracture management, joint aspiration, joint injections, pain in various parts of the body (foot and ankle; neck and back; hip; knee; arm and shoulder; and wrist and hand). This collection ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=17

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation: AAFP and Others Update Recommendations - Practice... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)and others have published the 5th edition of the preparticipation physical evaluation monograph. Revisions include new mental health and transgender sections and expansion of the female athlete chapter.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p692.html

Management of Chronic Tendon Injuries - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Chronic tendon injuries are common athletic and occupational injuries that account for many physician visits. Tendons have a complex biology that provides a unique combination of strength, flexibility, and elasticity but also predisposes them to injury. The term tendinopathy is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p147.html

Current Concepts in Concussion: Initial Evaluation and Management - American Family ...

Apr 1, 2019 - Mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion, is common in adults and youth and is a major health concern. Concussion is caused by direct or indirect external trauma to the head resulting in shear stress to brain tissue from rotational or angular forces. Concussion can affect a...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p426.html

Mild TBI in Children: Guidance from the CDC for Diagnosis and Treatment - Practice ...

Apr 1, 2019 - Mild traumatic brain injury in children is a major problem in the United States. Based on a systematic literature review, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations specific to children with Glasgow Coma Scale scores of 13 to 15.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p462.html

Decompression Surgery No More Effective Than Exercise for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome...

Feb 1, 2019 - Despite being one of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed, subacromial decompression is not significantly better than physical therapy to treat patients with pain and limited function caused by shoulder impingement.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p190.html

Fitness-Related Cardiac Arrhythmias - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2019 - How many clinicians are aware that high levels of physical fitness predispose patients to cardiac rhythm abnormalities? Find out more.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0115/p78.html

Knee Pain in Adults and Adolescents: The Initial Evaluation - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2018 - Knee pain affects approximately 25% of adults, and its prevalence has increased almost 65% over the past 20 years, accounting for nearly 4 million primary care visits annually. Initial evaluation should emphasize excluding urgent causes while considering the need for referral. Key ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1101/p576.html

Common Running Injuries: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2018 - Running is a common form of exercise but predisposes athletes to several running-related injuries. Most running injuries are due to overuse and respond to conservative treatment. Tendinopathies in the patellar, Achilles, and hamstring tendons are common, and are primarily treated with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0415/p510.html

The Female Athlete Triad: Recommendations for Management - Editorials - American Family...

Apr 15, 2018 - Family physicians should be familiar with recommendations regarding the female athlete triad, because prevention and early intervention can significantly reduce morbidity from this disorder.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0415/p499.html

Effectiveness of ACL Injury Prevention Programs - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ...

Feb 1, 2018 - ACL injury prevention programs reduce the incidence of ACL injuries by at least 50% in a variety of sports, and should be used for all athletes. There is no evidence that any particular prevention program or component is superior.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/od2.html

Recreational Waterborne Illnesses: Recognition, Treatment, and Prevention - American ...

May 1, 2017 - Illness after recreational water activities can be caused by a variety of agents, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, algae, and even chlorine gas. These illnesses are more common in summer. Waterborne illnesses are underreported because most recreational activity occurs in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0501/p554.html

Preventing Sports Injury and Illness: Key Resources for Family Physicians - Editorials ...

Apr 15, 2017 - Given the limited attention paid to the role and importance of physical activity in medical schools and the limited exposure to sports medicine and musculoskeletal problems during residency, many physicians would likely benefit from additional knowledge to improve their ability to ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0415/p479.html

Prognosis Following Mild Head Injury in Children - Point-of-Care Guides - American ...

Dec 15, 2016 - Concussion, also referred to as mild traumatic brain injury, is a common injury in children. It is defined as a transient disturbance in mental status following head trauma, and it can cause a variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional sequelae. Symptoms continuing for more than 28 ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1215/p1006.html

Stretching for Prevention of Exercise-Related Injury - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - ...

Oct 1, 2016 - Stretching before exercise does not reduce the risk of injury. However, it may slightly reduce postexercise muscle soreness.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1001/p547.html

Knee Surgery Does Not Reduce Knee Catching or Locking in Patients with Meniscal Tear - ...

Aug 15, 2016 - Removing the torn bits of meniscus in middle-aged patients who have intermittent knee catches or locking does not decrease their likelihood of experiencing symptoms in the following year compared with diagnostic arthroscopy (i.e., looking but not touching). In general, meniscectomy does...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p317a.html

Cardiomyopathy and Myocarditis in Competitive Athletes: Recommendations from the ...

Aug 1, 2016 - The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have provided recommendations regarding eligibility and disqualification of competitive athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities. This summary focuses on cardiomyopathy and myocarditis.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0801/p249.html

Acute Shoulder Injuries in Adults - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2016 - Acute shoulder injuries in adults are often initially managed by family physicians. Common acute shoulder injuries include acromioclavicular joint injuries, clavicle fractures, glenohumeral dislocations, proximal humerus fractures, and rotator cuff tears. Acromioclavicular joint ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p119.html

Preparticipation Screening for CVD in Competitive Athletes: Recommendations from the ...

Jul 15, 2016 - The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have provided recommendations regarding eligibility and disqualification of competitive athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p170.html

Useful Signs and Symptoms of Severe Intracranial Injury After Minor Head Trauma - POEMs...

Apr 1, 2016 - Specific individual risk factors, clinical signs, and symptoms are useful in identifying adults with minor head trauma who are at risk of severe intracranial injury. The absence of all features of the Canadian CT Head Rule and New Orleans Criteria is also highly accurate for identifying...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0401/p594a.html

Nonsurgical Management of Knee Pain in Adults - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2015 - The role of the family physician in managing knee pain is expanding as recent literature supports nonsurgical management for many patients. Effective treatment depends on the etiology of knee pain. Oral analgesics—most commonly nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen—are ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1115/p875.html

Corticosteroid Injections for Common Musculoskeletal Conditions - American Family ...

Oct 15, 2015 - Family physicians considering corticosteroid injections as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for musculoskeletal diagnoses will find few high-quality studies to assist with evidence-based decision making. Most studies of corticosteroid injections for the treatment of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1015/p694.html

Focused Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Better Than Placebo to Relieve Pain in ...

Oct 1, 2015 - In this study, unlike others, patients with chronic plantar fasciitis treated with extra-corporeal shock wave therapy had greater pain relief than those treated with placebo.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/p635.html

The Preparticipation Sports Evaluation - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2015 - The preparticipation physical evaluation is a commonly requested medical visit for amateur and professional athletes of all ages. The overarching goal is to maximize the health of athletes and their safe participation in sports. Although studies have not found that the preparticipation ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p371.html

Should Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening of Athletes Include ECG? Yes: ...

Sep 1, 2015 - Cardiovascular screening with ECG is a valid, cost-effective, and worthwhile endeavor in the preparticipation sports evaluation.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p338.html

Should Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening of Athletes Include ECG? No: There Is ...

Sep 1, 2015 - Although there are many reasons to conduct preparticipation sports examinations, there is insufficient evidence to support cardiac screening with ECG.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p343.html

Management of ACL Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline from the AAOS - Practice ...

Aug 1, 2015 - Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, which are usually related to sports, have an incidence of approximately 252,000 yearly. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has provided guidance in determining the best options for treating an ACL injury.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0801/p232.html

Management of Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American ...

Jun 1, 2015 - There are no clear evidence-based criteria to decide which patients should undergo operative vs. nonoperative management of acute Achilles tendon rupture.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0601/p794.html

Obesity and Joint Injuries in Children - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family ...

Mar 1, 2015 - Lower extremity injuries are 18% more likely in overweight children, 24% more likely in obese children, and 34% more likely in extremely obese children when compared with normal weight peers. The risk of lower extremity fractures is also increased by 17% in overweight children, 23% in ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0301/p320.html

Injection Equals Physical Therapy for Shoulder Impingement - POEMs - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2015 - Both physical therapy and corticosteroid injection decrease pain and disability by about 50% within one month of beginning treatment. However, average scores will not improve beyond that over the course of the year, and the average person will have pain, disability, and an altered ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p260a.html

Common Conditions in the Overhead Athlete - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2014 - The overhead athlete is at unique risk for injury because of the mechanics associated with rapid shoulder elevation, abduction, and external rotation. Angulation of the humeral head against the posterosuperior glenoid can cause rotator cuff tendon and labral impingement. The throwing or...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0401/p537.html

Evaluation and Management of Concussion in Athletes: Recommendations from the AAN - ...

Apr 1, 2014 - The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) studied the incidence of concussion in high school and college athletes to address related clinical questions.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0401/p585.html

Management of Chronic Tendon Injuries - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2013 - Chronic tendon injuries present unique management challenges. The assumption that these injuries result from ongoing inflammation has caused physicians to rely on treatments demonstrated to be ineffective in the long term. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be limited in the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0401/p486.html

The Potential Adverse Health Effects of Energy Drinks - Editorials - American Family ...

Mar 1, 2013 - Energy drinks are becoming more popular in the United States, and family physicians should be familiar with them and their potentially harmful effects.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0301/p321.html

Subacute to Chronic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2012 - Although a universally accepted definition is lacking, mild traumatic brain injury and concussion are classified by transient loss of consciousness, amnesia, altered mental status, a Glasgow Coma Score of 13 to 15, and focal neurologic deficits following an acute closed head injury. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1045.html

Update on Acute Ankle Sprains - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - Ankle sprains are a common problem seen by primary care physicians, especially among teenagers and young adults. Most ankle sprains are inversion injuries to the lateral ankle ligaments, although high sprains representing damage to the tibiofibular syndesmosis are becoming increasingly ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1170.html

Evaluating Acutely Injured Patients for Internal Derangement of the Knee - American ...

Feb 1, 2012 - Although historical findings have some value in diagnosing internal derangement of the knee, a thorough physical examination can often rule out fracture and ligamentous and meniscal injuries. The Ottawa Knee Rule can help physicians determine which patients require radiography. Positive...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0201/p247.html

Reassessing the Role of MRI in the Evaluation of Knee Pain - Editorials - American ...

Feb 1, 2012 - When used for the appropriate indications, MRI is a valuable tool in the evaluation and management of knee pain. However, it may provide clinically irrelevant information by identifying pathology that is not related to a patient's symptoms, which may ultimately lead to unnecessary ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0201/p221.html

Current Concepts in Concussion: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2012 - Concussion is a disturbance in brain function caused by direct or indirect force to the head. It is a functional rather than structural injury that results from shear stress to brain tissue caused by rotational or angular forces—direct impact to the head is not required. Initial ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0115/p123.html

Cognitive Rest in Concussion Management - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2012 - In recent years, there have been significant and progressive changes in the evaluation, management, and return-to-play principles of sports concussions. Today, the medical community manages each case individually by applying guidelines that are based on the best scientific evidence.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0115/p100.html

Preventing Acute Mountain Sickness - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2011 - Gradual ascent is the most effective method for preventing acute mountain sickness.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p398.html

Shoulder Pain - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2011 - What are the effects of oral and topical drug treatment in persons with shoulder pain?What are the effects of local injections, nondrug and surgical treatments in persons with shoulder pain?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0115/p137.html

Reducing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2011 - Neuromuscular training programs that include plyometric and strengthening exercises significantly reduce noncontact ACL injuries in female soccer and handball players older than 14 years.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0115/p210.html

Stress Fractures: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2011 - Stress fractures are common injuries in athletes and military recruits. These injuries occur more commonly in lower extremities than in upper extremities. Stress fractures should be considered in patients who present with tenderness or edema after a recent increase in activity or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p39.html

Altitude Illness: Risk Factors, Prevention, Presentation, and Treatment - American ...

Nov 1, 2010 - Altitude illness affects 25 to 85 percent of travelers to high altitudes, depending on their rate of ascent, home altitude, individual susceptibility, and other risk factors. Acute mountain sickness is the most common presentation of altitude illness and typically causes headache and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1101/p1103.html

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention - American ...

Oct 15, 2010 - There are an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repairs in the United States each year. Most ACL tears occur from noncontact injuries. Women experience ACL tears up to nine times more often than men. Evaluation of the ACL should be performed immediately after ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1015/p917.html

AAN Recommendations on Symptomatic Treatment for Muscle Cramps - Practice Guidelines - ...

Sep 1, 2010 - Muscle cramps occur when the motor system is stressed by neuromuscular disease, a medical condition, or a physiologic process, such as dehydration or excessive exercise. Cramps are also common during the last trimester of pregnancy. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recommends ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0901/p540.html

Tendinopathies of the Foot and Ankle - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2009 - Because our understanding of tendinopathy has evolved in recent years, the condition is now considered a degenerative process; this affects the approach to treatment. Initial therapy should always involve relative rest and modification of physical activity, use of rehabilitative ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1115/p1107.html

Corticosteroid Injections for Trigger Finger - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Sep 1, 2009 - Based on limited evidence, corticosteroid injection combined with lidocaine (Xylocaine) was more effective than lidocaine alone for the treatment of trigger finger in adults. Compared with those who received lidocaine alone, 38 percent more of the patients who received corticosteroid ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0901/p454.html

Health-Related Concerns of the Female Athlete: A Lifespan Approach - American Family ...

Mar 15, 2009 - Exercise is beneficial for women of all ages and is associated with long-term health benefits and enhanced well-being. Nevertheless, active women and girls are at risk for conditions resulting from sports and exercise participation. Because of their unique physiology, children are more ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0315/p489.html

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