Category Bones-n-Muscles

Post 127 – SPECIAL – BREAKING – Indiana Pacers’ Paul George suffers tib-fib fracture during scrimmage for USA Basketball

(apologies if you see a gruesome still photo from YouTube video above – I have no control on adjusting that) This was such a flashback of April 2013 with former students emailing me, “Prof! Did you see that?” April 2013 was when Kevin Ware had a similar tib-fib fracture. Although I’ve had several times students […]

Post 124 – Special Presentation of Kippel-Feil Syndrome and the Bone Anchored Hearing Aid

I had a student a couple years ago who kept coming back to my class to talk about her hearing implant and her very rare illness. She came back one last time this summer before she starts her accelerated nursing program at California State University – Fullerton. I’ll call her ST for now – until she […]

Post 122 – Fractured Vertebra knocks Brazilian star Neymar out of FIFA World Cup (with X-Ray Photo)

Like most Americans, I kept an eye on the World Cup while the USA team was in the initial rounds, then getting knocked out by Belgium last week. (oh, by the way, this is soccer – football for the non-Americans, in case you don’t know)…I even had a live video from the internet playing on […]

Post 121 – Anatomical Man comes to life in Australia (Video)

Honestly, I thought I already posted this long ago, but during a discussion in one of my summer classes, I found out I hadn’t – so here it is, thanks to my student Aliya for finding the initial link. In an anatomy class at RMIT University in Melbourne, a student is transformed with the help […]

Post 109 – USA Sled Hockey Players Journey to the Gold Medal

I watched the Paralympics last weekend – the US beat the Russians in Sled Hockey! They talked about an inspiring video that features how these players got to the team. They all suffered some injury where they lose the ability to use their legs. I encourage you to look at the video, which goes over […]

Post 108 – RIP: Dr. Frank Jobe, developer of Tommy John Surgery

Dr. Frank Jobe transformed many baseball pitchers’ careers with his revolutionary surgery that bears his first patient’s name. In 1974, he as the team doctor for the Los Angeles Dodgers when Tommy John’s pitching elbow fell apart. The ulnar collateral ligament had ripped – this normally meant the end of the pitcher’s career. The surgery […]

Post 105 – Ask Prof: How real is it on the movies when they twist someone’s neck to kill them?

How gruesome. Someone in one of my classes wanted to know if you could kill someone by twisting their neck like in the movies. Here is what happens from the anatomy-physiology side. They’re imagining that the neck breaks at C1 or C2, and sends pieces into the upper spine to cut off breathing or heartrate […]