Differentiating Cervical Myelopathy From Radiculopathy

Differentiating Cervical Myelopathy From Radiculopathy

Neck pain is a common problem encountered in sports medicine clinics. For the purpose of this review, we will discuss cervical myelopathy and cervical radiculopathy. A more common complaint is axial neck pain, which occurs due to fatigue or injury to the neck musculature and ligaments (Rao, 2002). However, due to the aging population, the incidence of osteoarthritis is increasing. As a result, cervical spondylosis, which is defined as the degenerative osteoarthritis of the spine, can cause a wide variety of pathology (Michael G. Kaiser, 2018). 


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A Review on CMC Joint Arthritis

A Review on CMC Joint Arthritis

With the increasing popularity of cell phone use, there is a corresponding increase in thumb-related pathology. Osteoarthritis represents one such overuse syndrome. The second most common location in the hand where patients develop osteoarthritis is their thumb trapeziometacarpal joint (Glyka Martou, 2004).  Unfortunately for those suffering, the CMC joint is involved with flexion, extension, adduction, abduction, and opposition of the thumb (David Melville, 2015).


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A Review on Reading Wrist X-rays

A Review on Reading Wrist X-rays

Wrist injuries are a common part of an orthopedic practice. Patients frequently present for evaluation after a slip and fall injury and the development of acute wrist pain. Radiographs are part of the initial evaluation for all acute wrist injuries. When interpreting wrist x-rays, radiologists will discuss multiple different angles and measurements that correlate with various clinical conditions.

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Dr Rubin’s Top Ten Physical Exam Techniques Every Sports Medicine Physician Should Know

Dr Rubin’s Top Ten Physical Exam Techniques Every Sports Medicine Physician Should Know

Some may argue that the art of the physical exam is dying. That is not true with musculoskeletal based specialties where the physical exam is critical. One of the key components of the musculoskeletal exam are the special tests. It is easy to get lost in the weeds and sports medicine providers can often be buried under the mountain of available special tests.

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Women in Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Featuring Dr. Kimberly Kaiser

Women in Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Featuring Dr. Kimberly Kaiser

The field of Orthopaedics has been a historically male dominated specialty. Amongst all surgical specialties, Orthopaedic surgery ranks at the bottom of the list when looking at the percentage of female residents in a given specialty. There are multiple theories as to why females do not end up in Orthopaedics. These range from lack of exposure to the field early in training and a lack of female mentors.

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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Lateral Epicondylitis

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Lateral Epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylitis is one of the most commonly treated conditions in a primary care sports medicine clinic. Patient’s typically complain of lateral elbow pain that is worse with activity. Certain activities like holding a jug of milk or turning over their hand are likely to worsen the pain. Fortunately,  we have multiple treatment modalities to offer them.

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