In Week 8 of this NFL season, Houston Texans offensive tackle Derek Newton suffered bilateral patella tendons rupture against the Denver Broncos. Newton's injury was particularly rare not only because of it's bilateral nature but also because it occured without direct trauma. This is a season-ending injury for Newton. On the field, Newton received immediate immobilization and eventually underwent surgery to repair the tendons.
Practicing in an Emergency Department gives any Emergency Physician a different perspective on many facets of life. We operate on the borders of life and death 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. However this constant commitment to our patients does not come without a price. For many of us, our careers in Emergency Medicine have some negative effect on our personal wellness and a common area that suffers is our sleep.