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...

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...

Flexikon Write Club

The Flexikon is all about medical knowledge. Get ready for the battle: We show you all the important tips and tricks to win the fight against ignorance! The principle of the Flexikon Write Club is simple: Participate – share your medical knowledge. But there are some more...

Article by Alexandra Schritz

Paracetamol: an oldie repurposed

In recent years, there have been a lot of warnings against the use of paracetamol: the painkiller can cause all sorts of diseases. Recent studies no longer suggest using this old favourite for joint and back pain and instead have set their eye on new applications. more...

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