55 year old female presenting with left knee pain after a fall. Patient appears intoxicated and states she tripped and fell. No preceding symptoms or head trauma. Pain is 5/10. She has not been able to ambulate since the incident. On exam the patient is neurovascularly intact.
A 21 year old otherwise healthy female presents to the ED after an MVC. She reports that she was driving when the car was hit in traffic. During your physical exam, you notice the finding below. An X-ray of the foot is negative for fracture. What is the best test to evaluate this injury?
19-year-old male with past medical history significant for seizures presents with right shoulder pain. He woke up from sleep with the pain. It is 10/10 and worse with movement. He has multiple prior episodes for which he has been treated for in the ED.
A healthy 23 yo male presents after injuring his knee playing soccer. He is complaining of inability to completely extend his knee. "It's stuck." he reports to the triage nurse. "That seems like a problem..." you think to yourself as you enter the room. How did this happen? How do I unstick his knee? Read on for some quick pearls on the "locked knee."
Do you feel like you pour your heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into your fracture/reductions and still come up short? Does the orthopedics consultant always want to "re-do" your attempt? Here is a repost of a podcast interview between former Cooper EM resident Patrick Sheehan, former Cooper Orthopedics Resident Joseph Legatol on how to get a perfect reduction. Inside the interview are 5 tips on positioning yourself for success. Also included is a video of Dr. Sheehan giving an example of "exaggerating the injury" of a distal radius fracture for a more successful reduction.
Independently interpreting plain film imaging is an essential skill for the Emergency Medicine provider. Among the most notorious of injuries likely to be missed is the Maisonneuve fracture. In this post we demonstrate the "can't miss" imaging findings to ensure that you don't make the mistake of thinking this is "just an ankle sprain!"