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Orthopedic Surgery

Nonunion Fractures

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 02.01.2017 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

In a fracture nonunion, the healing process of the fracture stops. Failure of fixation of a fracture usually indicates a nonunion (Figure 1). Non...

Fracture Healing

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 01.27.2017 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Fracture healing is a process in which the body heals and repairs the broken bone. Requirements for bone healing A requirement for bone healing is v...

Osteomyelitis

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 01.27.2017 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Chronic osteomyelitis is an infection in the bone, which can be an incurable problem (Figure 1). What happens when the bone gets infection (osteo...

Rotator Cuff Tear and Injury

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 01.26.2017 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Rotator cuff tears are a common source of shoulder pain. A tear of the rotator cuff may involve a single tendon or multiple cuff tendons (Figure 1). ...

Sciatica

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 01.11.2017 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve or any of its roots or branches is compressed, resulting in pain in the lower back and buttock. The...

Hip Pointer

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 01.05.2017 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Hip pointer injury is a painful injury to the pelvic bone of the hip (Figure 1). A hip pointer results from either a contusion to the iliac crest (Fig...

Knee Plica

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 12.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

A painful knee plica is rare and it is a diagnosis of exclusion. The majority of knee plica is medial (Figure 1). What is a knee plica? It is an ...

Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 12.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

The patient will come to the doctor with a complaint of the ankle frequently "giving way" and the feeling of the ankle being unstable with pain (Figur...

Gamekeeper's Thumb

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 12.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

The most common way to injure the ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb is to fall on the hand with the thumb stretched out. The skier's thumb, is al...

Fractures And Bone Remodeling In Children

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 12.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Children have a unique ability for healing fractures and remodeling deformities (Figure 1). Although, the physician usually strives to achieve good re...

Stingray Injuries

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 12.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Dr. Nabil Ebraheim would like to thank his employee Cherie Martzke, for her contribution to this article. Most stingrays have one or more barbed s...

Clavicle Fractures in Children

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

A fractured clavicle in children usually heals with a small bump and will remodel in time. The clavicle is the first bone to ossify. The shaft of the ...

Hamstring Injuries

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 11.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

The hamstrings are a group of muscles located on the back of the upper leg (thigh) (Figure 1). The muscles of the hamstring are the semimembranosu...

Nerve Injury, Types and Recovery

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 11.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

The anatomy and structure of any nerve is complex. A nerve is a bundle of axons that are grouped into fascicles. Nerves provide a pathway for impulses...

Trigger Finger and Thumb

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 11.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Trigger finger is a condition where the involved finger will catch as it bends. When the finger is straightened, you will hear a pop or snap. The flex...

Snapping Scapula Syndrome

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 11.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

What is snapping scapula syndrome? Snapping scapula syndrome is a condition causing painful grinding, clicking or snapping of the shoulder blade (Figu...

Morton's Neuroma

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 11.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Morton's neuroma is a benign, painful condition usually affecting middle-aged women who walk in narrow shoes (Figure 1). The pain is felt in the front...

Winging Of The Scapula

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 12.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

What causes medial winging of the scapula? Winging of the scapula is usually caused by deficit in the serratus anterior muscle due to an injury of the...

Think Twice Before Getting Knee Surgery

Allen Frances | Posted 05.06.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

There is every reason to believe that surgery is especially prone to placebo effects. The more dramatic the procedure, the more likely it raises hope of cure. "Quick, operate before the patient gets better" is one of those jokes that orthopedic surgeons tell among themselves, barely covering a hard truth: that a lot of elective surgery might be unnecessary or even harmful.

Knee Replacement Recovery: Get Ready for the 3 'Powerful P' Experiences

Martha Nelson | Posted 07.13.2013 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

The evening after knee replacement surgery, I was startled to see the size of my right leg. Having been sliced and diced, stitched and stapled, it was seemed as if I had gained ten pounds, all in that leg.

To Knee or Not to Knee: Three Things to Consider Before You Say, 'I Want a Knee Replacement'

Martha Nelson | Posted 06.26.2013 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

Now on the other side of the decision, here are the three things I think are important to understand as you decide whether to have knee replacement surgery.