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Chondromalacia Patella

SYMPTOMS

There is gradual onset of diffuse exercise-induced pain around the anterior part of the knee. Prolonged sitting or squatting often trigger the symptoms (positive movie sign). Walking down stairs is more difficult than up.

AETIOLOGY

Chondromalacia means ‘soft cartilage’. The exact aetiology is unknown. The correct diagnosis must be identified, by arthroscopic probing, […]

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Basics Description Tarsal tunnel syndrome is entrapment of the tibial nerve or its distal branches caused by compression or traction as the nerve courses through the tarsal tunnel. Anatomy : Proximal tarsal tunnel: Fibro-osseous space that contains (from anterior to posterior) the PTT, flexor digitorum longus tendon, posterior tibial artery and vein, tibial nerve, […]

Shoulder/Glenohumeral Arthritis

Basics Description Progressive loss of glenohumeral joint space with thinning of articular cartilage, formation of osteophytes, and progressive deformity Epidemiology Females are more likely than males to have primary glenohumeral osteoarthritis. Patients >60 years old are more likely to have it than are younger patients. Incidence ~0.4% in the general population Can reach 4.6% […]

Hemophilia

Basics Description This disorder of clotting factor results in easy bleeding. Secondary effects may occur in any system (most importantly brain, joint, muscle, and nerve) secondary to bleeding. Depending on its severity, it usually is diagnosed in early childhood. Classification: Severe: <1% clotting factor activity Moderate: 1-5% clotting factor activity Mild: >5% clotting factor […]

Arthrocentesis

Basics Description Aspiration of synovial joints is performed for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Etiology Causes of joint effusions: Infection Crystalline arthropathies Hemophilia Autoimmune arthropathies Trauma PVNS Diagnosis Signs and Symptoms Synovial joints are aspirated for myriad reasons, the most common of which include: To rule out infection To diagnose arthropathies To relieve pain Joints […]