Lindros, still looking pale, just days after he suffered a hemothorax. From: http://www.mcall.com/sports/hockey/flyers/mc-pictures-eric-lindros-through-the-years-201-010,0,1423133.photo

RICE & MICE: Hemothorax

Hemo-what? Hemothorax. Hemo- means blood and thorax means chest, so literally blood in the chest. More specifically, a hemothorax is a collection of blood in the pleural cavity, the space between the chest wall and the lung. Thirteen years ago, on April 1, 1999, Eric Lindros suffered one of the more bizarre and serious injuries that we will see in hockey. The Flyers were in Nashville, playing and battling against the Nashville Predators. Little did they know, in the wee hours of the next morning, Lindros would be battling for his life. Nobody could ever pinpoint which check caused the …

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RICE & MICE: The appendix, appendicitis, and appendectomies

When is a belly ache more than just an ache? When is it something more serious? Well, appendicitis comes to mind as one such serious occasion. For a part of the body that has no real vital purpose, the appendix sure can cause a lot of commotion.  The big scientific name for the appendix is vermiform appendix. Vermiform is Latin for “worm-shaped” and worm-shaped it most certainly is. You take a bite of a burger, chew and swallow, the food moves out of your mouth, down your esophagus and into the stomach, being digested all along the way. When the …

RICE & MICE: The stomach flu

There’s a flu bug making its insidious mid-Winter circuit around the Flyers locker room. Ilya Bryzgalov had it and Jaromir Jagr missed practice today (on his 40th birthday no less) while apparently recovering from it. I’m not certain if it’s really the flu, as in the influenza virus, and I’m not sure that anyone other than the players and medical staff really know, but I thought I’d share one of the illnesses I’m seeing a lot of lately in clinic and discuss some of the symptoms. Gastroenteritis means irritation or inflammation of the stomach and small and large intestines. Gastroenteritis …

RICE & MICE: What’s this about a neck injury?

Ah, the ongoing saga that is Sidney Crosby’s concussion, er, broken neck, oh soft tissue neck injury. Yes, it now appears that the storyline is not a concussion after all, but a soft tissue injury in his neck that is causing concussion-like symptoms. You may now scratch your head and look confused, because I am doing the same. I am skeptical about several things here and I’m not sure where to even start, so I am going to start with the obvious statement that Crosby may just have post-concussion syndrome, nothing more, nothing less. It seems like every doctor or …

RICE & MICE: JVR’s Concussion

So, last season I wrote about the travesty that was Mark Recchi questioning the severity of the concussion that Max Paciorretty suffered during the violent collision between his head and the turnbuckle in Montreal. At the time I talked about how irresponsible it was for Recchi to pass his uninformed judgment about how severe another player’s head injury was to the media, when all head injuries should be considered severe. Thankfully, Pacioretty has returned to hockey and has been healthy this season. Unfortunately, I have seen and heard more than once, fans making the implication that James van Riemsdyk is …