Category Archives: Ortopedics

Back Pain: A Painful Pill To Swallow

Back pain is among the most common medical complaints. According to current studies, however, the medications used hardly show any effect. US guidelines now recommend non-drug measures. German experts advise that multimodal pain therapy be used. more...

When Patients Seek Advice From A Specialist But Don’t Take It

Parents put children at risk when they think they know more than a specialist. Several physicians have told me of their frustration about patients coming to them for advice and then not taking it. Many of these doctors are the top doctors in their specialties. I, too, more...

MS: One Blow Follows Another

It is now known that repeated blows to the head can lead to severe brain damage even decades later. According to a recent study, traumatic brain injuries are particularly dangerous during adolescence. They are thought to increase the risk of developing multiple more...

Article by Anke Hörster
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Anesthesia Problems With Some Muscle Diseases

Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients can have problems with certain anesthetics. Parents must be sure to check that an anesthesiologist is aware of the condition called Malignant Hyperthermia and be prepared to treat it. Patients with Central Core disease can also be more...

An Elevated CPK (CK) May Not Indicate A Medical Problem

An elevated CPK lab test may occur in active children, joggers, and other conditions. No diagnosis of muscular dystrophy should ever be made because of a single increased CPK. A complete work-up should be done if there is a question of muscle weakness. more...

Osteoarthritis Pain: The Oops-Study

Tedec-Meiji Farma had certainly imagined a different picture! The Spanish company sponsored a study in order to examine the effectiveness of their product. The result: the placebo relieves osteoarthritis pain better than the dietary supplement. more...

Muscular Dystrophy Versus Polymyositis

Some doctors are doing a few genetic tests and nothing else and making the diagnosis of muscular dystrophy. Sadly, there are children and adults who have a treatable disorder, myositis, that if it is diagnosed and properly treated can lead to increased strength and more...

Orthopaedics: A1 Once Again, Thanks To 3D

Three-dimensional printing techniques are revolutionising orthopaedics. All at once, entirely new pathways are opening up for colleagues in the treatment of complicated cases. Alongside artificial materials, biological materials are taking on a central role. more...

Misdiagnosis in Muscle Diseases

Having cared for both children and adults in six neuromuscular programs or clinics, I am continually amazed at the inaccurate diagnosis far too many patients receive. Several months ago a teenage youth sent me an e-mail saying he had been playing varsity basketball more...

Inadequate Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients

Having cared for many hundreds of boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, it was encouraging to see an article by Nicholas Wade in the New York Times. Three researchers are trying a new technique to insert "the correct gene into damaged cells." more...

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