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T D Woo, G Tony, A Charran, R Lalam, J Singh, P N M Tyrrell, V N Cassar-Pullicino
BACKGROUND: The ring apophyses of the cervical spine have a variable appearance that changes with age. The times at which they appear and fuse at each level are not fixed. In this study, we aim to detail normal ranges of appearance of these ossification centers for each age group. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and eighty patients under the age of 21 attending the Royal Stoke University Hospital for cervical spine radiographs were retrospectively identified...
March 1, 2018: Skeletal Radiology
Dawn P Andrews, Kari B Odland-Wolf, James May, Russell Baker, Alan Nasypany
Background and Purpose: Secondary impingement syndrome (SIS) is a common complaint in the sporting population particularly among athletes engaging in overhead activities. While symptoms may be present at the shoulder with patients complaining of SIS, spinal alignment or dysfunction can influence scapular positioning and overall shoulder girdle function. As an adjunct therapy to traditional interventions for SIS, thoracic high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) thrusts have been utilized and correlated with patient reported decreases in pain...
February 2018: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
M R Garcia, A D Nicholson, A M Nduaguba, J O Sanders, R W Liu, D R Cooperman
Purpose: There are multiple skeletal maturity grading systems, but none of them utilizes the phalanges of the foot. To minimize radiation, it would be ideal if one could assess the skeletal maturity of a foot based on bones seen on routine foot radiographs, if guided growth is being considered as a treatment option. We developed a system that correlates changes of the appearance of the foot phalanges to peak height velocity (PHV) and the recently described calcaneal apophyseal ossification grading system...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
Priscilla Tu
The differential diagnosis of heel pain is extensive, but a mechanical etiology is the most common. The specific anatomic location of the pain can help guide diagnosis. The most common diagnosis is plantar fasciitis, which leads to medial plantar heel pain, especially with the first weight-bearing steps after rest. Other causes of plantar heel pain include calcaneal stress fractures (progressively worsening pain after an increase in activity or change to a harder walking surface), nerve entrapment or neuroma (pain accompanied by burning, tingling, or numbness), heel pad syndrome (deep, bruise-like pain in the middle of the heel), and plantar warts...
January 15, 2018: American Family Physician
Yoichi Kaneuchi, Kenichi Otoshi, Michiyuki Hakozaki, Miho Sekiguchi, Kazuyuki Watanabe, Takahiro Igari, Shinichi Konno
Background: Although tensile force on an immature tibial tuberosity is considered the main cause of Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD), the relationship between bony maturity and the pathogenesis of OSD remains obscure. Purpose: To survey the bone maturation process of the tibial tuberosity by age and sex and clarify its relationship to OSD. Study Design: Cross-sectional study; Level of evidence, 3. Methods: A total of 731 Japanese basketball players aged 6 to 14 years were enrolled in this study...
January 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Simon Christopher McSweeney, Lloyd Reed, Scott Wearing
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated quasi-static measures of foot mobility magnitude (FMM) and foot stiffness (FS) in children, aged 8 to 14 years, with and without calcaneal apophysitis. METHODS: Between 2016 and 2017, FMM and FS measurements were captured on 41 children (22 cases and 19 controls) using a custom-built foot assessment platform. The platform incorporated a portable force plate that allowed quantification of vertical force during double-limb stance (DLS)...
January 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Hasan Bombaci
Calcaneal apophyseal fractures are usually considered sport-related injuries. Previous repetitive microtrauma has been proposed as a predisposing factor for such injuries. However, unlike previously reported cases, in our patient, the fracture resulted from acute trauma after stepping on uneven ground. Although the first treatment option for such cases is closed reduction, most cases will require surgical treatment. Furthermore, lesions accompanying this injury have not been sufficiently considered. We report the case of a 9-year-old female with a calcaneal apophyseal fracture treated by fixation of the avulsed proximal part of the apophysis using Kirschner wires and a cerclage wire...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Tatiana N Revkova
Two new species of the family Microlaimidae Micoletzky, 1922 are described and illustrated from the Black Sea. Aponema pontica sp. n. is morphologically closest to A. torosum in the shape of the body and spicules, size of amphids, but differs in having small and triangular cardia, absence of constriction in head region, shape of gubernaculum apophyses, rounded and weakly sclerotised lumen of pharyngeal bulb and longer spicules. Microlaimus paraglobiceps sp. n. morphologically resembles M. globiceps de Man, 1880 in the shape of the body, structure of the male sexual organs and presence of precloacal pore, but the main difference is a shorter body, cuticle finely annulated all over the body and absence of sexual dimorphism in the size of amphideal fovea...
November 7, 2017: Zootaxa
Giovanni Pilato, Giorgio Sabella, Vera D'Urso, Oscar Lisi
Two new species of Eutardigrada are described from Sicily: Macrobiotus nebrodensis sp. nov. and Adropion vexatum sp. nov. The former species, belongs to the Macrobiotus hufelandi group, and is characterised by having a small, faint, microplacoid, and variable egg processes (most processes are shaped in the form of an inverted goblet with jagged terminal disc, but others are long, or very long, with a very small terminal disc). Adropion vexatum sp. nov. is characterised by having smooth cuticle, steep, vertical front to the head, pharyngeal tube longer than the pharyngeal bulb, which has small apophyses and three rod-shaped macroplacoids (microplacoid and septulum absent); long placoid row, about half the length of the pharyngeal bulb; main branches of claws with accessory points; lunules and other cuticular thickenings absent on the legs (small dots excluded)...
December 5, 2017: Zootaxa
James B Carr, Evan Conte, Evan A Rajadhyaksha, Kevin A Laroche, F Winston Gwathmey, Eric W Carson
CASE: A 14-year-old male competitive soccer player presented with a history of recurrent right hip pain for 18 months. He was diagnosed with an anterior inferior iliac spine (AIIS) apophyseal avulsion fracture nonunion with subspinal impingement, which was confirmed by radiographs, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. The patient underwent surgical fixation and subspinal decompression. He returned to competitive soccer 5 months postoperatively. CONCLUSION: AIIS apophyseal avulsion fractures occur in adolescent athletes and generally respond to nonoperative treatment...
April 2017: JBJS Case Connector
G Jundt, D Baumhoer
Chondroblastomas are very rare benign primary bone tumors occurring preferentially in the epiphyses or apophyses of long bones in children and adolescents. In most cases the typical histological and imaging findings lead to a correct diagnosis that may be substantiated by demonstrating the highly specific point mutation in the H3F3B gene (p.K36M), either by sequencing or immunohistochemistry. Recurrences occur in 5-15% of cases, postsurgical metastatic deposits to the lungs are very rare (<1%). Histologically "malignant" chondroblastomas have been reported as single case reports...
December 5, 2017: Der Pathologe
Yolanda Más, Luis Gracia, Elena Ibarz, Sergio Gabarre, Diego Peña, Antonio Herrera
Arthrodesis is a recommended treatment in advanced stages of degenerative disc disease. Despite dynamic fixations were designed to prevent abnormal motions with better physiological load transmission, improving lumbar pain and reducing stress on adjacent segments, contradictory results have been obtained. This study was designed to compare differences in the biomechanical behaviour between the healthy lumbar spine and the spine with DYNESYS and DIAM fixation, respectively, at L4-L5 level. Behaviour under flexion, extension, lateral bending and axial rotation are compared using healthy lumbar spine as reference...
2017: PloS One
Ismat B Ghanem, Maroun Rizkallah
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Provide the reader with an evidence-based update on the importance of accurate diagnosis of commonly missed avulsion fractures of pelvis apophyses, the necessary imaging studies, the feared complications and the recent treatment recommendations. RECENT FINDINGS: Accurate diagnosis of avulsion fractures of pelvis apophyses is high yield as misdiagnosis leads to improper treatment. They should be differentiated from muscle strain and apophysitis...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Juha-Jaakko Sinikumpu, Iftach Hetsroni, Ernest Schilders, Lasse Lempainen, Willy Serlo, Sakari Orava
INTRODUCTION: Pelvic apophyseal avulsion can limit young athletes' performance for months and may result in permanent disability. Nonoperative treatment is most commonly preferred, while surgical management with reduction and fixation is reserved for selected cases. Our aim was to evaluate outcomes of operative management of pelvic apophyseal avulsions in a series of adolescents and young adult athletes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Operative room registries and medical records were reviewed to identify patients who received surgical treatment for pelvic apophyseal avulsions who were younger than 24 years and with a minimum of 12 month follow-up...
November 20, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
H E Matar, S Tripathi, D J Miller
Iliac crest apophyseal avulsion fractures are rare injuries caused mainly through forceful contraction of attached muscles during high level sporting activities. We present the first case of a spontaneous iliac crest apophyseal avulsion insufficiency fracture in a patient with severe atopic eczema on oral steroids and review the relevant literature.
October 19, 2017: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Stephan N Salzmann, Jennifer Shue, Alexander P Hughes
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) is a relatively new, minimally invasive technique for interbody fusion. The goal of this review is to provide a general overview of LLIF with a special focus on outcomes and complications. RECENT FINDINGS: Since the first description of the technique in 2006, the indications for LLIF have expanded and the rate of LLIF procedures performed in the USA has increased. LLIF has several theoretical advantages compared to other approaches including the preservation of the anterior and posterior annular/ligamentous structures, insertion of wide cages resting on the dense apophyseal ring bilaterally, and augmentation of disc height with indirect decompression of neural elements...
December 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Ersin Kuyucu, Barış Gülenç, Hüseyin Biçer, Mehmet Erdil
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy of kinesiotherapy used for treating various disorders in athletes on pain and pedal functions in patients with calcaneal apophysitis. METHODS: This prospective randomized controlled study included 22 patients with calcaneal apophysitis aged 8 to 16 years presenting with heel pain among junior athletes of a professional football club. The patients were randomly grouped into two groups, with one group receiving sham tape only and the other kinesio tape...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Hideyuki Uraoka, Kosaku Higashino, Masatoshi Morimoto, Kazuta Yamashita, Fumitake Tezuka, Yoichiro Takata, Toshinori Sakai, Akihiro Nagamachi, Masaaki Murase, Koichi Sairyo
The lesion of the lumbar endplate is sometimes identified in the vertebrae of children and adolescents. The purpose of this study is to compare between skeletal maturity and chronological age. The second purpose of this study is to clarify the lesions of the lumbar endplate based on the maturation of the lumbar vertebral body. Six hundred and thirty-two (485 men and 147 women) consecutive patients were included. The mean age at the first medical examination was 13.8 years. Their skeletal maturity was evaluated based on the appearances of the secondary ossification center of L3...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
Richard A Forrester, Alistair I Eyre-Brook, Ken Mannan
Iselin's disease was first described in 1912. It is a condition affecting the tuberosity of the base of the fifth metatarsal. It has been described as a traction apophysitis predominately affecting adolescents, in particular those who partake in regular sporting activity. The condition is rarely reported and likely to remain undiagnosed, possibly mistaken for a fracture. The present report reviewed the available published data to highlight this condition as a differential diagnosis in patients with fifth metatarsal pain...
September 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Katherine Uvelli, Jon O Neher, Sarah Safranek
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July 15, 2017: American Family Physician
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