Nursemaid’s elbow is one of the most common orthopedic injuries seen in children between the ages of 1-3 years. It is not, as some think, a dislocation of the elbow, or rather a slip of one of the ligaments in the elbow over a bone. This occurs because children’s ligaments are loose and the bones are not fully formed yet.
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Avoid buying one-shoulder backpacks for your child. Single strap backpacks force all of the weight onto one shoulder. This causes your child to unnaturally bend to one side in order to evenly distribute the weight. Consequently, your child will develop lower back problems.
Pain in the neck that radiates to the shoulder and often down the entire arm is often caused by a pinched nerve in the neck. This is known medically as a cervical radiculopathy. The spine is comprised of a column of bones called vertebrae and within the vertebra lays the spinal cord. In the neck or cervical spine, nerves leave the spinal cord through openings in the vertebra and run down the arm providing sensation and motor function to the arms.
Having an abnormal finding in the bone can be scary. There are many reasons to have a lesion in your bone (a “lesion” is an unknown abnormality), and biopsy is often the only way to find out. After evaluating it by examination and some radiographic studies (X-ray, CT, MRI, etc.), it may need to be biopsied. A biopsy is a surgical procedure by which Dr. Goodman gets a piece of tissue to be studied in the lab by the pathologists (a type of doctor specializing in diagnosing disease based on the tissue)
Patients with cardiac disease have double the risk of developing hip fracture, and hip fractures often occur in patients that have symptomatic heart disease. These patients often need cardiac surgery before their hip fracture can be addressed. This requires patients to have two major operations in one hospital stay. Since it is imperative that patients undergo hip surgery as quickly as possible in order to decrease complications, having to undergo cardiac surgery first can increase complication rates.
Having a soft tissue mass (bump) can be scary. The mass can arise from many things, such as trauma with a blood collection, benign fatty tumors, other non-cancerous conditions, as well as some cancerous conditions. After evaluating it by examination and some radiographic studies (X-ray, MRI, etc.), it may need to be biopsied.
Participating in sports is socially and physically beneficial for your child, while running the risk of sports-related injuries, the most common of which are musculoskeletal problems. As our children score and have fun on the field, we as parents should be aware of sprains and strains, growth plate injuries, and of repetitive motion injuries.
Occasionally people have fractures (bone breaks) that require surgery. Breaks like this include those that cannot be controlled by a cast, or immobilization, those that have the bone fragments in a position that does not give good function, or those that break the skin.
People are digging up their old bikes and buying new ones to get around town and run errands. About 90 million American adults ride a bike at least once a year, nearly 30 million cycle regularly for recreation. And why not? Bicycling is inexpensive, fun, and it offers numerous health benefits. The activity also it can burn 400 to 700 calories per hour.
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