SplintER Series: A Temporary Pain in the Neck

 

Neck pain

An 18-year-old football player presents to the Emergency Department after an episode of transient numbness, tingling, and inability to move his right upper extremity after making a tackle. He continued playing without recurrence. The above imaging was obtained (Figure 1. Lateral cervical spine x-ray. Case courtesy of Dr Andrew Dixon, Radiopaedia.org, rID: 32505).

 

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SplintER Series: “Pop in the Posterior Thigh”

transverse view of the hamstring

A 20-year-old male presents with right posterior thigh pain and difficulty walking after he felt a “pop” while sprinting in a race. An ultrasound of the right posterior thigh is performed and the above image is seen on the transverse view without compression (Image 1. ST- semitendinosus; BF – bicep femoris; H – hematoma. Courtesy of Matthew Negaard, MD).

 

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SplintER Series: A Fateful FOOSH

A 66 year-old man presents with right anterior elbow pain, ecchymosis, and a “lump” in his right upper extremity after a ground level fall (Figure 1). What is your suspected diagnosis? What physical exam maneuver(s) can help you confirm your diagnosis? What is your initial workup in the ED? What imaging confirms the diagnosis? What is your management and disposition?

Figure 1: Case Courtesy of Dr. Peter M. Martin

 

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SplintER Series: My Knee, Again!

posterior tibiofemoral dislocation knee dislocation

A 61-year-old F presents to the ED from the orthopedic clinic with acute right knee pain. She endorses that while a physical exam was being performed, she had sudden onset knee pain. Denies any trauma to the knee, radiation of pain, numbness, tingling, or swelling. The above knee radiographs were obtained (Images courtesy of John Kiel, DO).

 

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