Author | Deepak S. Patel, MD


Do NSAIDs Impair Healing of Musculoskeletal Injuries?

NSAIDs are among the most frequently used and prescribed medications in the management of musculoskeletal pain and injury. Many physicians consider them to be the medication of choice. However, a number of studies have questioned the value of NSAIDs in the healing process of bone, muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries

Managing hand and finger injuries in ball sports

Many hand and finger injuries in ball sports are misdiagnosedor mismanaged, possibly leading to disability. Primary carephysicians who obtain a detailed history, conduct a focused examination,and know the indications for referral can manage themeffectively. The chief complaint is pain. In mallet finger, a finger is"jammed" during sports participation; nonoperative treatment oftenis indicated. The ring finger is involved in most reported cases of jerseyfinger; surgical intervention is the treatment of choice. Managementof boutonnière deformity helps patients regain full strengthand range of motion. Collateral ligament injuries may occur at anyinterphalangeal joint. Finger fractures are the fractures most oftenseen in the primary care setting. Malrotation with phalangeal fracturesis unacceptable. (J Musculoskel Med. 2008;25:198-204)