Injuries / Fractures / Tears

Wrist Fracture

What Is Wrist Fracture? Wrist fracture can occur as a result of a trauma, such as a fall while you're playing sports or while you're just walking on a sidewalk. Fractures due to falls happen most often when people stretch the arm straight out to catch themselves as...

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Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury

What Are Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries? The ulnar collateral ligament is a band of tissue that connects the inside of your upper arm (humerus) to the inside of your forearm (ulna). This ligament helps to support and stabilize your arm when you perform a motion...

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Traumatic Brain Injury

What is Traumatic Brain Injury? Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs as the result of extreme force exerted on brain tissue. Common causes are falls, car crashes, or blows to the head. Movement of the brain that causes damage even though the skull is intact is called a...

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Rotator Cuff Tear

What is a Rotator Cuff Tear? The "rotator cuff" is a group of 4 muscles and their tendons (which attach them to the bone). These muscles connect the upper-arm bone, or humerus, to the shoulder blade. The important job of the rotator cuff is to keep the shoulder joint...

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Proximal Humeral Fracture

What is is a Proximal Humerus Fracture? The humerus is one of the long bones of the arm. The distal, or bottom, end contributes to the elbow joint. The proximal, or top, end contributes to the shoulder joint. During a traumatic event, like a fall, any part of the...

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Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury

Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is a thick band of tissue deep inside the knee that connects the thighbone to the shinbone. The PCL prevents the shinbone from sliding too far backward under the thighbone. Any force that pushes...

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Meniscal Tear

Meniscal Tear What is a Meniscal Tear? The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped piece of cartilage that cushions your knee. Each of your knees has 2 menisci (plural of meniscus); one on the inner (medial) part of the knee, and the other on the outer (lateral) part....

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Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury

What is an MCL Injury? The MCL is a small, thick band of tissue on the inner side of the knee joint. It connects two bones—the thighbone and the shin bone—preventing the knee from bending inward toward the other knee. When the knee is hit on the outer side of the leg...

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Lower Extremity Stress Fractures

What is Lower Extremity Stress Fractures? Stress fractures are tiny cracks that occur in bone, usually related to repetitive activities that impact the bone in a similar way over time. These stresses lead to change in the normal process of bone breakdown and...

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Low Back Pain

If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. For some people, back pain can return or...

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Jaw Fracture (Temporomandibular Joint Fracture)

What Is Temporomandibular Joint Fracture (Jaw Fracture)? Like any other joint in the body, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be broken, most likely due to a fall or trauma to the face. The jaw most commonly breaks along the condyles, which are rounded projections...

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Inner Ear Trauma

What Is Inner Ear Trauma? Trauma—such as hitting your head in a fall or injuring your neck in a car accident—can damage the structures of your inner ear. The inner ear contains the “peripheral vestibular system, which plays a big role in keeping your balance. The...

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