Category Archives: Orthopedics

Hand Infections You Don’t Want to Miss

Here are some questions that you should ask (or at least think about!) when evaluating patients with hand infections to help make sure that you don’t miss anything big. Other than this pain, redness, swelling here (etc.), did you hurt your hand in any way? This is perhaps better than asking “Did you punch anyone?” or “Did you… Read More »

Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities by Stanley Hoppenfeld

There are very few medical books in existence about which one can be tempted to declare, “I doubt whether in my lifetime there will ever be another book about this topic that is as good as this one.” In fact, I know only one medical book about which a statements like this might be said with a fair… Read More »

Back Pain: a “Worst First” Approach

When it comes to back pain, think of the worst, i.e. the most dangerous ones, first. That way you won’t miss anything critical, either in real life or on the Boards. Cardiovascular Upper back pain: consider acute coronary syndrome or thoracic aortic dissection Lower back pain: consider abdominal aortic aneurism or rupture (older smoker) and retroperitoneal hematoma. Look for distended… Read More »

Book Review: Visual Guide to Musculoskeletal Tumors: A Clinical – Radiologic – Histologic Approach

Visual Guide to Musculoskeletal Tumors: A Clinical – Radiologic – Histologic Approach(2010) by Felasfa M. Wodajo MD et al. is a superb integration of clinical medicine, gross pathology, histopathology and radiology of musculoskeletal tumors. The pictures are excellent and the amount of information is comprehensive, yet easy to absorb. The book is ideal for radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and orthopedic surgeons. In addition, general practitioners would likely benefit… Read More »

Hip and Groin Examination by Dr. Mark Hutchinson

While most patients cannot discern what’s happening between your ears when you put a stethoscope against their chests, they can easily tell when you are bungling your way through a half-baked shoulder or hip and groin examination. Why is that? Well, patients cannot hear what you are hearing (or not hearing!) through your stethoscope. And even if they… Read More »