One of the most common knee injuries requiring arthroscopic surgery is a torn meniscus. Now, you may be wondering exactly what is a meniscus and more importantly what purpose does it serve.
There are two C-shaped rubbery discs called menisci located within the knee joint between the tibia (shin bone) and the femur (thigh bone).
Breaking a bone can be a very traumatic incident. However, fractures are extremely common resulting in millions of emergent visits to orthopedic physicians annually for care. Perhaps you were active in the past and incurred multiple fractures from either participating in sports, climbing the monkey bars on a school playground, bike riding, skateboarding, or roller skating.
Are you one of the estimated 25 million viewers who have tuned into the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics? If so, undoubtedly you have noticed the round discolorations on the upper back of several of the Olympic athletes, including Michael Phelps.
These suction cup appearing patterns harken visions of the earliest Olympians being on the losing end of an epic battle with a Kraken!
Dr. Bruce Fletcher was born and raised in south Florida. He studied, as an undergrad, at the University of Miami where he found the journey to become a medical student very competitive. Part 1 of our series revealed how only a fraction of applicants are accepted into medical school. US News and World Report recently published an article with data that less than 7% of applicants to 115 ranked medical schools were accepted.
Imagine you were in the top tier of your graduating class but in the midst of your second year at the University of Miami Medical School, you do not feel the same level of confidence appreciated as an undergrad. Medical school is a whole different ballgame. Nevertheless, your gross anatomy department has asked you to assist teaching extremity anatomy to the combined MD/PhD students.
Getting accepted into medical school is not an easy task. The application process is grueling for a reason. Medical schools want only extremely motivated, intelligent individuals that will be able to withstand the rigorous educational demands of pursuing a path in medicine. Having the ability to show the admissions committee that the student has outstanding academic grades and MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores is not enough;
All of the grilling, serving, and cleanup is finally complete; now the time has come to sit back, relax, and enjoy some 4th of July fireworks with your family and friends but it happens again. You go to reach for a giant sparkler only to have your finger suddenly lock up! You are not alone,