Category Archives: Orthopaedic Surgery

Hand and Upper Extremity Fractures in Children and Adolescents


Authored by Jeffrey Wint, MD A child’s bone is different than a fully-grown adult’s. There are different types of fractures in children than adults. There are special patterns of injury and fracture for children of different age as well. These differences influence the treatment and care of a fracture in a child’s upper extremity. When a child fractures a bone, the degree of injury, the location, the type of bone injured as well as the age of the child plays

Cast Treatment of Fractures: What are the risks?

  One of the most commonly used methods used by orthopaedic surgeons for treating fractures is a cast. Typically, casts are made from either fiberglass which is more lightweight, resistant to water and easier to roll, or plaster, which is heavier, sensitive to water, pliable, messier and more difficult to roll. So why should anyone ever use plaster? The simple answer is that plaster is easier to mold properly enabling the provider to hold fractures in the correct position more

Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries seen in professional and recreational athletes1, 2. The injury usually involves inversion (turning in) of the ankle with some amount of injury to the lateral (outer) ligaments.  Most of these injuries heal with little to no treatment, and infrequently develop long term instability and pain. Long-lasting problems have been found in up to 20% of patients who get twisting injuries and typically are a result of stiffness (lack of motion)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Abstract Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common disorders or the hand. The patient can experience pain, weakness and burning feelings in the hands and fingers. The involved fingers are usually the thumb, index (pointer), long (middle) and half of the ring finger. Causes include mechanical or anatomic, general medical conditions and possibly work-related conditions.   The diagnosis is usually made by history and physical examination and a nerve conduction study that checks the speed and function of the