An excerpt from We: Ditch the Me Mindset and Change the World. We use them to greet friends, congratulate acquaintances, and embrace loved ones. To lay bricks, perform surgeries, and sculpt artwork. Everyone uses them thousands of times a day in a variety of different ways. It took me years to recognize ...

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I’m an orthopaedic surgeon, but if you told me I’d be here when I graduated from college, I’d be laughing at you. When I got started in college, I thought I was going to be pre-med and apply to medical school. It was not a well-thought-out decision. I thought that this was what good Chinese-American children do: Grow up to become doctors. It became clear that this goal was parent-driven ...

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In general, physical activity is important in maintaining your health. Many people falsely believe that running can cause arthritis but research show that this isn't necessarily true. In reality, walking, running or strenuous exercise can significantly decrease risk of any knee osteoarthritis. Doctors are still trying to understand how running can improve knee arthritis, with continual research studies. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis caused by trauma or overuse ...

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As a surgeon who has been practicing for more than 20 years, I have had a front row seat to both positive and negative changes that have taken place in our evolving medical field. As a community hand surgeon who values many of the recent advances in hand surgery, there is one piece of tried-and-true advice that I still find helpful in my practice to this day: Remove your own ...

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As a sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon, I often see patients with complaints at their elbow. One of the more common diagnoses is tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis. Surprisingly, most of my patients with this condition don’t even play tennis! Many types of repetitive arm movement can lead to tennis elbow. It all has to do with the tendons in our arms. Tendons are the structures that hold muscle to ...

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Ski season is here, and it's time to think about how we can avoid injuries on the slopes. As an orthopaedic surgeon, I most often see knee injuries, but also plenty of wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries as well. Hopefully, you've done some pre-season conditioning -- but if not, go ahead and start now! Obviously, avoid a heavy workout the day before your first ski day, but if you have time ...

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Did you feel a pop? It is a simple question that we rattle off to complete our musculoskeletal history. The answer may or may not give higher suspicion for a diagnosis of tear over sprains. But have you — the provider — ever felt a pop? Like any good physiatrist, I try to fill my extracurricular time with physical activity. This inevitably led to the formation of a residency street hockey team. Ten minutes ...

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Here is a simple question: In terms of social media engagements, who is the most popular athlete in the world? Super Bowl sensation and apparent immortal Tom Brady? Nope. Philanthropist Lebron James? Not even close. International superstar Cristiano Ronaldo? It used to be. Tyler Blevins. For those of you now drawing a blank, unable to conjure up a face to fit the name, go ask your kids if they have ever heard ...

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Love avocados, but hate cutting them. They are slippery little rascals and are responsible for many nasty hand injuries. Stab wounds from using knives in the kitchen are not fun but are reported daily. Accidental self-inflicted knife injuries to digits are a common cause of tendon and nerve injury requiring hand surgery. Many of us do not think about how much you use "your hands for your senses." Until you lose that ability ...

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In 1741, a French physician named Nicolas Andre coined a new word, Orthopédie, and published a book on the topic. Andry described how physicians and families could correct or prevent skeletal abnormalities in children. At that time, the treatment methods were entirely non-operative because the development of general anesthesia and the concept of non-emergency surgery were still a century away. So Andry stressed the importance of his message in two ways. ...

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Many cooks traditionally use broth derived from simmered bones of fish, fowl, or four-footed critters to flavor soups and sauces. Recently, bone-broth bars have popped up around the country and serve a non-caffeinated, nutritious alternative to tea or coffee. In some of these health-conscious establishments, the owners claim that these drinks also have filling, cleansing, and detoxing capabilities. I decided to see if a daily cup of bone broth should be ...

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It has been suggested that once leadership of an organization is made up of 30 percent women, integration and increased success are enjoyed. As an orthopaedic surgeon, the feeling of being surrounded by so many women is not something that I have experienced. But last week I felt something close.

The International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium (IPOS) has been held in Orlando, Florida, for the past 12 ...

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Nearly half of Canadians aged 65 and over experience osteoarthritis in their knees. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of bones wears down over time leading to pain, stiffness and decreased mobility.  It frequently occurs in the hips and knees -- and can be quite painful. To help improve mobility and treat joint pain, it has been ...

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Physician Speaking by KevinMD is the only physician-run, all-physician speakers bureau. We are practicing physicians and experienced keynote speakers, highlighting both large-scale events and intimate day-long workshops. Today's spotlight physician speaker is Dr. David Geier. (Please visit our previous spotlight speakers, Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, Dr. Jordan Grumet, and
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Medical crises come in many forms: from illnesses to sudden injuries. Most often the victims are unsuspecting. They may be gradual in onset or happen in seconds. There are many causes, from faulty drivers to electrolyte disturbances. Mine was caused by a squirrel, a routine yard rodent. In less than three seconds, I went from a practicing physician with a heavy patient load to temporarily disabled. Returning home from a busy ...

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A physical therapist, commenting on my blog, recently shared an excellent point of view with me:

As a therapist myself, I don’t know that I’d want to be betting on that differential diagnosis of tear, rupture, etc. when giving online advice. What is good treatment for one, can be disastrous for the other. Seeing someone in person can make all the difference, especially with the amount of self-diagnosis that the internet ...

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You wake up one morning, and your shoulder hurts. You’re not sure why, and blame it on your sleeping position. Perhaps you bend down to pick something up, and when you stand up your knee hurts. These are very common stories heard from patients in an orthopedic surgeon’s office. The onset of joint pain without significant trauma is very common over the age of 40. Perhaps you wait a ...

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Over the last 20 years, physical fitness as a means to improve overall health has increased among the over-40 set. This is great, right? Yes, absolutely. Athletes who remain active as they age do a better job than non-athletes in retaining lean muscle mass. They also show improved bone density, bone structure and bone strength. However, what physicians are seeing are injuries related to the increased level of activity. One area ...

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I stuck myself with a hypodermic needle the other day. Intentionally. The first time in over 25 years of doctoring. More surprising, a six-year-old patient told me to do it, so I had to. The boy, who I’ll call Tyler, came to the office with his father and had a large ganglion cyst on the back of his wrist -- bigger than a jellybean. I told Tyler and his father all ...

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A number of major cities have seen shared e-scooters, or electrical scooters, take over their streets. It's certainly popular with the riders, but it is creating waves with a lot of critics as well. In Portland, Oregon, there are four companies trialing the scooters over a several-month period.  Driving around my city, I find that we are being inundated with scooters being used on the sidewalk, on the streets, in ...

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