Mark W. McFarland, DO Doesn’t everyone have curves in their spine? Absolutely. A normal spine has several shallow alternating curves, which helps it to balance the weight of the head, and evenly distribute the weight of the body in alignment from the shoulders to the hips, knees and feet. What is Kyphosis? This medical term… Read more »
How Untreated Bone Fractures Occur – Part I
Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE It may be hard to imagine that someone would have a bone fracture and not seek appropriate medical treatment or that it could be missed by a practitioner during an exam. However, this happens more often than you might think. In three articles, I’ll detail the reasons why broken bones… Read more »
Cervical Dislocation Fracture – Part IV – Rehabilitation and Life After Injury
Mark W. McFarland, DO After the emergent phase of injury and the immediacy of treating life-threatening injuries, after the surgeries have been performed and the subsequent acceptance of a new way of life, comes the challenge – living life after a cervical dislocation fracture. In this article, I’d like to address those realities, but also… Read more »
Cervical Dislocation Fracture – Part Three – Urgent Treatment
Mark W. McFarland, DO What happens to the patient from the scene of the accident, during transport to the hospital and after they make it to the hospital trauma unit? In this article, I’ll talk about treatment for this type of cervical fracture and how we start to put the pieces back together for the… Read more »
What Does “External Fixation” Mean in Orthopaedics?
Boyd W. Haynes III, MD External Fixation is a term that references a method for temporarily stabilizing fractured bones outside the body, typically using pins, wires, screws, rods, etc. This stabilization technique is often used when the patient has been badly injured where other, more severe, life-threatening injuries must be treated first, or where the… Read more »
What is a Comminuted Fracture and How is it Treated?
John D. Burrow, DO One of the more complicated types of bone fracture to treat is the comminuted fracture. This is where the bone breaks into three or more pieces, typically caused by a high-force accident or trauma, such as a fall from a height, a motor vehicle crash, or a contact sports injury. Often… Read more »
What is a Burst (Axial) Fracture of the Spine?
Mark W. McFarland, MD One of the first things you learn in medical school is that human bones can withstand lots of punishment, but they also can break in a lot of different ways. Spinal bones (vertebrae) tend to break in specific ways, and some can be more serious than others. In this article, I’m… Read more »
How are Bone Fractures Classified or Described?
Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE In an earlier article by Dr. Joel Stewart, the ten types of bone fractures were listed, a description was given of each, and potential causes were given for many. Did you know that there are even more ways that fractures are classified clinically? These descriptors help physicians understand the physical… Read more »
Advancing Technology to Spine Surgery
Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE Since its beginning, spine surgery has been a very technologically advanced specialty. Surgery that involves such precision and delicacy in surgical skills and the confidence in one’s decision making to improve a patient’s neck or lower back function while working around the spinal cord and nerves has always been at… Read more »
What is an Avulsion Fracture and How is it Treated?
Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE As an Orthopaedic physician, I’ve seen my share of broken bones in my years of practice. Surprisingly, there are quite a few ways that a bone can break. One of the less familiar to you may be an avulsion fracture, which I am going to discuss in this article. I’ll… Read more »