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RICE & MICE: More than you want to know about the mumps

Mumps is a contagious viral infection that causes painful swelling of the parotid glands (parotitis), the glands located below each ear that produce saliva. It is caused by the paramyxovirus and is spread through contact with saliva of an infected person. Children are more commonly affected by mumps, however adults can also contract the virus. Symptoms of the mumps are pain and swelling of the face and neck on one or both sides, pain with chewing and swallowing, headache, sore throat and fever. The face and neck swelling are a telltale sign and people look like a chipmunk that has …

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RICE & MICE: Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD) is one of the common causes of knee pain in children and adolescents. Calling it a disease definitely makes it sound much more serious and dangerous than it is. Disease is actually a misnomer, because it’s an overuse injury that causes painful lumps on the front of the knee at the top of the tibia, the bigger bone in the lower leg. The patellar tendon attaches to the tibia at the tibial tubercle OSD occurs when there is too much traction stress on the attachment of the patellar tendon during a growth spurt in young boys and …

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RICE & MICE: Lisfranc injuries

Thankfully, one of the injuries that hockey players are not prone to getting are Lisfranc injuries. Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes will miss the remainder of the season with the dreaded injury and, unfortunately, many athletes just don’t come back 100 percent from damage to the Lisfranc area. Lisfranc injuries are also called Lisfranc dislocations, Lisfanc fracture or Lisfranc fracture-dislocations, tarsometatarsal injury or just simply a mid-foot injury. It is named for Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin, when he performed an amputation of the forefoot to the tarsometatarsal joints during the Napoleonic Wars. Ever since, the mid-foot where the metatarsal bones meet …

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RICE & MICE: Spleen injuries

Just a month ago, Dallas Cowboys tight end, Jason Witten had suffered a lacerated spleen  in a preseason football game that threatened his ability to play this season. Fortunately, his spleen laceration was not severe enough to require surgery and he was able to recover in an extraordinarily fast time in order to play in the season opener just 23 days later. Of course, I ended up having a great conversation with a patient about why they didn’t operate on Jason Witten’s lacerated spleen. The spleen is located in the upper left side of the belly and sits snugly behind …

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RICE & MICE: What a pain in the butt! Piriformis syndrome

Piriformis syndrome is one of the causes of sciatica, or irritation of the sciatic nerve. The piriformis is a deep muscle of the buttocks that lays beneath the gluteal muscles. It runs from the sacrum, the fused vertebrae at the bottom of the spine to the femur, or thigh bone. In most people, the sciatic nerve lays underneath the piriformis, but in up to 25 percent of people, the sciatic nerve will actually pass through the muscle. The function of the piriformis is external rotation or rotation of the leg out as well as assist in abduction, or bringing the …

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