Category: Musculoskeletal

Clinical Correlations


Life and Limb: Battlefield Medicine from WWII to Today

Amputee_Combat_VeteranBy Eric Jeffrey Nisenbaum, MD

Peer Reviewed

Mr. O is a 93-year-old man with a past medical history notable for severe Alzheimer’s dementia and amputation of the left upper extremity secondary to wounds received in WWII who was brought in from his nursing home with fever and dyspnea for two days. …

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Is it Time to Skip the Gym?

By Robert Mocharla, MD

Peer Reviewed

No. Sorry. Despite such reasonable excuses as – “I forgot my iPod”, “It’s pouring rain”, or “Game of Thrones is on” — an exhaustive literature search will not reveal a shred of evidence that you or most of your patients should skip daily exercise.…

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Olympics and Medicine By The Numbers

By Tracey Liebman

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The summer games may be over, but we’re still entertained by the 2012 Olympics! Here are a few medicine-related fun facts about the London Games.

Demographics of Summer 2012 Olympics:

10,500 athletes, 70,000+ volunteers, 20,000 media and journalists, 10+ million spectators [1]

Medical care:

26 million dollars provided by the National Health Service (NHS) to build the state-of-the-art medical building in the Athletes’ Village for the Olympics [2]

500 people expected to use the medical clinic each day [2]

46 sports medicine doctors, 80 other specialists on call at the clinic [2]

95% of cases expected to be minor illnesses or injuries [2]

Injuries:

1055 injuries reported in 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, 72.5% of injuries occurred during competition [3]

11.2% of athletes in 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics reported injuries [4]

Top 10 biker in prior Olympics, British cross-country mountain biker suffered from a fractured ankle after falling on rocks during the race [5]

162 kg lift attempted by South Korean weightlifter, but athlete ended up with a dislocated elbow [6]

7th place in floor routine, World Champion gymnast Jordyn Wieber was found to have a possible stress fracture in her leg [7]

Infection:

1364 food, swab, cloth, and water samples collected from London vendors to evaluate for good hygiene procedures in preparation for the Olympics.…

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Class Act: Is there clinical evidence for the use of chondroitin sulfate in the treatment of osteoarthritis?

images1.jpgClass act is a feature of Clinical Correlations written by NYU 3rd and 4th year medical students. Prior to publication, each commentary is thoroughly reviewed for content by a faculty member.

Commentary by Jillian Borman, MS-4, Reviewed by Svetlana Krasnokutsky, MD, Clinical Instructor, NYU Department of Medicine

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common causes of joint pain in the aging population.…

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