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Vertical Talus

Basics

Description Congenital vertical talus is an uncommon disorder, a rigid flatfoot that requires early identification and treatment. Its essence is a dislocation of the talonavicular joint with associated adaptive changes. It may be unilateral or bilateral. >1/2 of affected patients have other neurologic, genetic, or connective tissue disorders. The deformity occurs in utero, but […]

Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tear

Basics

Description The TFCC: A group of ligaments and cartilaginous structures that stabilize the distal radioulnar joint during pronation and supination of the forearm Extends from the ulnar styloid to the sigmoid notch of the distal radius Central portion: More cartilaginous than its periphery Acts as a meniscal homolog, similar to the menisci of the […]

Thumb Arthritis

Basics

Description Degenerative joint disease commonly presents in the hand and is associated with pain, swelling, loss of motion, and, later, deformity. Frequently, the thumb is the earliest site of involvement, with the CMC joint affected 1st, especially in osteoarthritis. The 1st CMC joint is considered the most important joint of the hand. Thumb arthritis, […]

Patients with Spinal Stenosis Can Benefit from Nerve Blocks

Despite our many advances in medicine and especially all the improved technology, we still don’t know what causes back pain for many people. And without an understanding of the cause, it is difficult to find an effective way to treat it. We do know now that some patients have back pain coming from the facet […]

Ganglion of the Wrist

WHAT IS GANGLION OF THE WRIST?

A wrist ganglion is a swelling that generally occurs over the back of the hand or wrist. These are benign, fluid-filled capsules. Ganglions are not cancerous. Although they may grow in size, they will not spread to other parts of the body.

SYMPTOMS OF GANGLION OF THE WRIST?

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A Patient’s Guide to Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty

Introduction

A hip that is painful as a result of osteoarthritis (OA) can severely affect your ability to lead a full, active life. Over the last 25 years, major advancements in hip replacement have greatly improved the outcome of the surgery.

Hip resurfacing arthroplasty is a type of hip replacement that replaces the arthritic surface […]

A Patient’s Guide to Gout

Introduction

Gout is a disease that involves the build-up of uric acid in the body. About 95 percent of gout patients are men. Most men are over 50 when gout first appears. Women generally don’t develop gout until after menopause. But some people develop gout at a young age.

This guide will help you understand

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A Patient’s Guide to Arthroscopy

Introduction

Until recently, surgery on the inside of any joint meant making a large incision and opening the joint to do even the most minor procedure. Twenty years ago, fiber optics began changing all that and is continuing to change how orthopedic surgeons operate on joints in the body.

What is arthroscopy? How is it […]

A Patient’s Guide to Sesamoid Problems

Introduction

Two pea-sized bones, called sesamoids, are embedded within the soft tissues under the main joint of the big toe. Even though they are small in size, the sesamoids play an important role in how the foot and big toe work. If the sesamoids are injured, they can be a source of severe pain and […]

A Patient’s Guide to Spondyloarthropathies

Introduction

There are many different types of rheumatological diseases that affect the spine. A rheumatological disease is a problem that affects the entire body as a whole – such as the relatively well known rheumatoid arthritis. When a rheumatological disease affects the spine, the resulting conditon is called a spondyloarthropathy. The term is made up […]