Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 34-year-old man is evaluated for progressive left knee pain. The pain causes difficulty with his work as a mail carrier, particularly when walking. His occupation does not require repetitive bending. He played football in college and experienced left knee trauma during sports participation; he underwent left meniscectomy and stopped playing ...

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american society of anesthesiologistsA guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. "You are the only one who truly understands your own pain." As one trauma survivor from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore told us: “The pain is with you 24/7. It is nonstop. And that is the hard part, you cannot escape ...

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As an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon newly in practice, I read with interest Gina Kolata’s article "Why ‘Useless’ Surgery Is Still Popular." As a doctor with a research background, I often champion the importance of research and promote a practice rooted in evidence-based medicine. It also came to me as no surprise when my partner and several physician assistants in the practice pointed out the article to me. ...

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Can the chiropractic profession evolve and renew itself as a legitimate part of the health care system? Prominent Australian chiropractor Bruce Walker, who is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, has proposed a 10 point plan to ensure that chiropractors create a profession based on science, knowledge, and genuine healing. He makes a strong case that chiropractors need to embrace research, shun “nonsensical elements,” ...

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As I get near the completion of an intense 5-year orthopedic surgery residency program, I had an interesting interaction with our hospitals sub-committee specifically tasked to address duty hour and resident fatigue issues. As they gave examples from other departments about changes made to their programs regarding duty hours, a clear-as-mud connection was continually made. They spoke of “improvements” made as the result of residents stepping up to serve as whistleblowers ...

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As far as follow-up appointments go, this one was routine. My 65-year-old patient had undergone hip replacement surgery two weeks prior, and we discussed her pain level, progress with physical therapy, and eagerness to return to everyday activities. But as she stood up to leave the exam room, I could tell there was something left unsaid. She stepped out the door then stopped, turned around, and leaned in close to ...

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"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." - Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams It was near the end of 2008 that I developed symptoms that I recognized as sciatica.  The Internet is a wonderful source of information (and some misinformation).  I decided to educate myself.  In my reading, I encountered one study that indicated that patients who underwent surgery were better at one year, but about the ...

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Robert was the picture of health. He had run eight marathons and finished countless 5K and 10K races. He tracked everything from sleep to food intake, logging his exercise parameters religiously. A seven-minute mile was a routine workout for Robert. But over the course of a few days, he noticed that he felt more winded during his run. One morning, when he awoke and checked his heart rate variability (HRV), it ...

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I  have lately been discussing the state of health care with a lot of doctors. I’m a doctor, and I’m also a consumer of health care services. Imagine my surprise when I visited a local ER on a three day weekend, hoping to get some advice from someone who might be able to use the panoply of diagnostic tools available in the ED to help me mitigate the pain of a ...

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Dear personal trainers, I’ll admit it: I was skeptical. In the past, I doubted that personal trainers -- at least for me -- could offer real value. It’s not that I gave it much thought, or had anything against personal training, but if the idea were brought up, I’d laugh it off and say, “No personal trainer can push me harder than I push myself.” But I’m writing this to say that I was ...

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