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Rick D. Wilkerson: AAOS’ 2018 Humanitarian Award Winner

Dr. Wilkerson and friends at LaConcorde orphanage and school / Courtesy of Love Takes Root

Rick D. Wilkerson, D.O., a West Point graduate who dedicated decades of his life to training orthopedists and providing orthopedic services to patients in Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and other far flung corners of the world, is the 2018 AAOS Humanitarian Award Winner.

Opioid Use vs Spine Surgery; Vitamin D and Muscle Strength; New App Tracks/Changes Behavior e.g., Smoking

Source: U.S. National Archives and Wikimedia Commons

Study finds patients using substantial preop opioids were more likely to have higher levels of disability. Vitamin D therapy can improve muscle strength and other metrics of physical performance, says new work from Stanford. An online dashboard allows clinicians to match a clinical message to the patient’s readiness for behavioral change.

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A Day in the Many Lives of Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Part II

Phoenix Children's Hospital / Source: Margaret Young and RRY Publications, LLC

Want to have a good day – Part II? We finish up with teenagers and one exceptional young man, a 21-year-old CP patient. The challenges and rewards of pediatric orthopedics are unlike any other orthopedic sector. Welcome the rest of the day in the many lives of Phoenix Children’s hospital.

Adult Spinal Deformity Guidelines; Study: Knee Stability Tied to Medial Line; Deformity Surgery Costs Much Higher in U.S.

Source: Wikimedia Commons and University of Utah Hospital - Radiology Department

Researchers drive standardization of the evaluation and treatment of adult spinal deformity (ASD). Belgian researchers have found that the level of the medial joint line is the key prerequisite for normal joint stability. Japan “beats” U.S. when it comes to the expense of adult spinal deformity surgery.

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Ranawat v. Dunbar: Neutral Mechanical Alignment: Stickin’ With the One that Brung Ya!

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

What percentage of your knee patients ‘look good, feel bad’? If its 18%, you’re typical. Why? One reason may be over reliance on neutral alignment. That heretical thought was forcefully and brilliantly raised in this remarkable debate between Chit Ranawat and Michael Dunbar. If ever there was a MUST READ debate, this is it.

A Day in the Many Lives of Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Part I

Phoenix Children's Hospital / Source: Margaret Young and RRY Publications, LLC

Want to have a good day? Go to a children’s hospital. We went to one of the best, Phoenix Children’s. The challenges and rewards of pediatric orthopedics are unlike any other orthopedic sector. Seeing it in action is impressive. Welcome to a day in the many lives of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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25% Tariff Proposed on Imported Orthopedic Products

In 1912 Democrats were pro-tariff, Republicans were not. Times have changed. / Source: Wikimedia Commons

This week, the U.S. government proposed taxing a large number of medical products including orthopedic devices being imported from China 25%. Here is the list of products for which the Trump Administration would like to tax and the time table for public comment and potential implementation.