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Triceps Tendon Rupture

SYMPTOMS

There is acute onset of pain and bleeding around the triceps, tendor insection at the olecranon of the elbow, and loss of extension power.

AETIOLOGY

This is an injury occurring from an excessive eccentric contraction or direct impact to the elbow, often affecting players in contact sports. Occasionally an avulsion fracture may […]

Baseball Mallet Finger

SYMPTOMS

There is localised pain and swelling around the distal inter-phalangeal (DIP) joint, which is difficult or impossible to extend fully. In chronic cases, pain and swelling may be absent but the inability to extend the distal phalanx remains.

AETIOLOGY

This injury is a rupture of the most distal insertion of the extensor digitorum […]

Iliopsoas Related Groin Pain

SYMPTOMS

Gradual onset of diffuse or localised exercise-induced groin pain and occasionally lower back pain. A runner often complains that he cannot produce enough force in the stride forwards and a footballer cannot strike a ball properly. This condition can also present as low back pain.

AETIOLOGY

This is secondary pain in the groin […]

Anterior Chronic Compartment Syndrome

SYMPTOMS

There is a gradual onset of diffuse exercise-induced pain on the anterior lateral aspect of the lower leg. It is common in fairly short but muscular ‘bulky’ athletes. The pain becomes so great that continued sport is not possible. The athletes complain that the muscles feel like they are bursting. Rest, with the […]

Posterior Inpingement of the Ankle

SYMPTOMS

There is a gradually increasing stiffness of the ankle and exercise-induced pain around the posterior part of the ankle joint, sometimes after previous sprain. This injury often affects footballers and ballet dancers.

AETIOLOGY

Impingement syndrome is not a diagnosis but a symptom and may be caused by repetitive injury to the posterior ankle […]

Sesam Bone Stress Fractures

SYMPTOMS

There is gradually increasing exerciseinduced pain and swelling around and below MTP I or diffuse pain in the forefoot on forefoot landings and running.

AETIOLOGY

This injury is usually caused by excessive direct impact from landing on the forefoot on hard surfaces.

CLINICAL FINDINGS

There is distinct tenderness on palpation over the medial or […]

Shoulder Instability

Basics Description Because of the shoulder’s extensive ROM, it is prone to instability. The term encompasses a spectrum of disorders of varying degree, direction, and cause. Instability should be distinguished from laxity. Laxity is the symmetric translation of the humeral head over the surface of the glenoid without symptoms. Instability occurs when the degree […]

Shoulder Anatomy and Examination

Basics Description Bones: Glenohumeral joint: The humeral head articulates with the glenoid fossa of the scapula. Stabilized by the glenohumeral ligaments capsule and rotator cuff muscles The labrum of the glenoid deepens the joint and enhances stability. AC joint: The acromion process of the scapula articulates with the distal clavicle. Suspends the arm and […]

Lumbar Spine Anatomy and Examination

Basics Description The spine is a complex system composed of bony elements, articulations, ligaments, muscles, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves divided into anterior, middle, and posterior columns. The vertebral body, lamina, and the spinous process protect the spinal cord. The lumbar spine contains 5 vertebrae and 5 nerve roots. Most lumbar spines have a […]

Knee Examination in the Child

Basics Description It is important, during a knee examination, to keep in mind the child’s age and to understand the age-specific pediatric knee disorders. Congenital hyperextension or dislocation of the knee: Varies from simple hyperextension to anterior dislocation of the tibia on the femur Hyperextended knee presents at birth. A hyperextensible knee resolves spontaneously, […]