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Orthopedics Encyclopedia

Jan 15, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Reference, Students, Study/Review, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 2+
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2+

 

This app attempts to serve as a limited orthopedic encyclopedia.  In that regard, it accomplishes its goal as a first-stop overview for a variety of broad orthopaedic conditions and diseases.  The app includes 21 topics, such as the human skeleton, clubfoot, orthotics, knee, tendon, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.  One immediately recognizes that the selection of included topics and joints seems quite arbitrary.  Selecting any individual topic, however, returns an incredibly detailed and complete description of any particular topic with a series of sub-headings and associated images.  For example, the topic “Muscle” includes subheadings such as embryology, muscle types, anatomy, physiology, nervous control, exercise, disease, atrophy, strength, efficiency, and evolution.  The data presented includes very specific information, such as the precise density of muscle or skeletal muscle metabolism at rest.  However, despite this impressive collection of data, the unusual organization of the topics and the document-like format of the information prevents easy reference of information.  Without a search function, this app offers little more  than the title suggests: a single-use orthopaedic encyclopedia, but cannot function as a versatile reference.  Overall, the app may be useful to a student interested in musculoskeletal medicine interested in reading a brief overview of a variety of orthopaedic topics.

 

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eSplint

Jan 15, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Students, Top, Trauma, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

 

This app is clearly a must-have guide for any primary care, urgent care, or emergency care provider by providing simple step-by-step instructions for splint application.  In addition, junior residents in musculoskeletal medicine fields, such as orthopaedic surgery or podiatry, may also find this to be a useful refresher for the application of splints.  The app is very simply organized into headings such as Splint Technique, Coaptation, Sugar Tong, etc. and provides a text and image guide for the application of each splint type.  The guide briefly lists a few indications for that particular splints, includes a text description with associated images, provides a very good brief video demonstrating application of the splint, and even includes patient education instructions for splint care!  Overall, this application is very useful to a variety of practitioners.  At such a great price, I cannot think of a reason why anyone who might need to apply a splint would not download this very simple and useful reference tool.

 

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Shoulder Classification

Jan 15, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Reference, Residents, Study/Review, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

 

This app is likely to be overlooked and under-rated, but I believe it is a hidden gem.  Someone (no developer or contact information is provided) has compiled an incredibly comprehensive list of injury and disease classification systems about the shoulder with their associated primary literature reference.  The app is organized into list format, and the main list tree includes conditions such as AC joint, Acromion, SLAP, Calcific Tendonitis, etc.  Then, upon selecting a particular condition or injury, you see multiple different classification systems that have been published for that particular topic.  This list is very comprehensive and utilizes the most common classification systems, as well as those less frequently employed.  Each description includes a reference to the primary literature source, a brief description, and typically includes an associated image when appropriate.  Overall, the developers of this small, simple, and free app have done a phenomenal job of compiling classification systems for shoulder pathology.

 

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OITE Buzzwords

Jan 14, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Residents, Study/Review, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 1
Functionality: 1
Coolness: 2+

 

This app, available only for iPhone and Android, is marketed as a “buzzword” study guide for the orthopaedic in-training exam (OITE).  The app is divided into 4 sections: index, about, quiz, and contact.  The index lists 51 buzzwords, such as zebra lines, throckmorton sign, sausage digit, pancake vertebra, etc.  Unfortunately, when testing on an iPhone 4S device the content did not load for all of the content sections resulting in a blank screen.  For screens in which content did load, images required up to 30 seconds to load, and text often required 10 seconds to load.  The information provided for each topic is brief (2-5 sentences).  No references of additional information is provided for any of the  topics.  The quiz section includes a gallery of thumbnail images that can be selected. Once again, the images take up to 30 seconds to load, thereby negating the purpose of the app for quickly reviewing buzzwords.  In addition, the answers to the image pathology would not appear, and in some cases the images did not appear at all. The contact section provides a phone number, email and website: www.bonetumor.org.  Interestingly, the site appears to be an incredibly detailed, expansive, and valuable listing of bone tumors and their presentation, diagnosis, and treatment accompanied by xray and pathologic images.  Overall, this app appears to address a need among residents for OITE studying, however the implementation ranges from painfully slow to entirely non-functional, rendering this app useless at this point.  I do hope that future versions become more stable and useful since this is a great idea for OITE studying.

 

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OITE Tumor

Jan 14, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Residents, Study/Review, Tumor, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 1
Functionality: 1
Coolness: 2+

 

This app, available only for iPhone and Android, is marketed as a “buzzword” study guide for the orthopaedic in-training exam (OITE) tumor topics.  The app is divided into 5 sections: about, index, flashcards, quiz, and contact.  The index lists 78 tumor buzzwords, such as zebra lines, PNET, Batson’s Plexus, Codman triangle, etc.  Unfortunately, when testing on an iPhone 4S device the app ran very slow and crashed at times, despite its very limited content (text and images).  For screens in which content did load, images were presented with a text description that include spelling errors at times.  The information provided for each topic is brief (2-5 sentences).  No references of additional information is provided for any of the topics.  The flashcards present a gallery of thumbnail images for selection. Once again, the images take up to 30 seconds to load, and some do not load at all, thereby negating the purpose of the app for quickly reviewing buzzwords.  In addition, the answers to the image pathology would not appear, and thus there is no way to check one’s knowledge against the real answer. The quiz section includes a listing of topics with a complete question stem and multiple choice answers and explanations.  Only 10 questions are included.  The contact section provides a phone number, email and website: www.bonetumor.org.  Interestingly, the site appears to be an incredibly detailed, expansive, and valuable listing of bone tumors and their presentation, diagnosis, and treatment accompanied by xray and pathologic images.  Overall, this app appears to address a need among residents for OITE studying, however the implementation ranges from painfully slow to entirely non-functional, rendering this app useless at this point.  I do hope that future versions become more stable and useful since this is a great idea for OITE studying.

 

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OITE Strategy

Jan 14, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Residents, Study/Review  // 
Overall: 2+
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2+

 

This app, available only for iPhone and Android, provides free advice for orthopaedic residents taking the orthopaedic in-training exam (OITE).  The app is divided into 4 sections: topics, resources, method, and contact.  The topics include valuable information regarding the prevalence of particular types of questions based on published data. For example, the Tumor sub-heading provides the user with the most commonly tested orthopaedic tumors for the past 10 years. Other sub-headings estimate the number of questions expected to be on a given test. The resources section provides a useful list of peer-reviewed publications that address OITE-related topics, such as analyses of the most commonly tested topics, as well as the average scores for the 2009 exam. The Methods section reviews general multiple-choice techniques, and the contact section provides a phone number, email and website: www.bonetumor.org.  Interestingly, the site appears to be an incredibly detailed, expansive, and valuable listing of bone tumors and their presentation, diagnosis, and treatment accompanied by xray and pathologic images.  Overall, this app provides interesting and useful information for orthopaedic residents and provides additional resources for more information.  When testing on an iPhone, the app ran surprisingly slow and required nearly 15 seconds to initiate.  The app appears to be a “teaser” app encouraging residents to purchase other apps by the same developer, OITE Tumor and OITE Buzzwords.

 

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CARE for Patients

Jan 14, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Sports, Subscription, Top, Upper  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5+

 

This app and service sets the standard for the future of mobile medicine.  Created by physical therapists, the app is an extension of the CARE subscription service available to surgeons which provides a personalized website and personalized physical therapy/rehabilitation protocols for patients.   The app is incredibly comprehensive by providing information to patients about their surgery, their surgeon, and lists the exercises they should be performing week-by-week after surgery with complete video demonstrations.

The power of this application, however, is a surgeon’s ability to create a fully customizable practice website and personalized app.  Thus, when a patient is enrolled he/she will only see information and post-operative protocols that have been specifically selected by their surgeon.  In essence, the app allows any orthopaedic surgeons to have their own personal app for patients.

The app itself consists of the sections described above.  Pre- and post-operative information is available to patients, and the post-operative physical therapy protocol is clearly organized for patients to reference either at home or at the gym.  Overall, the application has been well implemented and the service is currently being used by various academic and private practices nationwide.

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iSpinePainManagement

Jan 13, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

 

This app is part of a group of spine-related education tools designed to help clinicians presents information about the spine to patients.  The app is organized in a list format divided into analgesia, diagnostic, and discectomy of the cervical (3 sections) and lumbar (3 sections) spine.  Within each sub-section users will then find an expended collection of treatment modalities (i.e. facet joint injection, spinal cord simulation trial, etc.).  Then, once selecting the desired topic, app users can read a brief description of the problem or part, watch a relevant educational video, view demonstrative key images, review relevant medical imaging, and read notes on the subject.  An impressive feature is that the notes are compatible with AirPrint if available on your iPhone, which allows for direct printing to a compatible wireless printer.

Overall, the information provided is basic and appropriate for educating patients about their diseases.  The images are very clear and well-designed computer graphics and maintain a consistent style throughout the app.  The images also include appropriate labels and markers for demonstration purposes and are accompanied by additional information about the patient and pathology.  This app can be useful to providers who choose to educate their patients about cervical and lumbar disease using their iPhone or iPad.  The videos appear to be native to the device, explaining the app’s 1.0 GB download size.

 

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iSpineOperations

Jan 13, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

 

This app is part of a group of spine-related education tools designed to help clinicians presents information about the spine to patients.  The app is organized in a list format divided into the anterior approaches, decompression, discectomy, and fusion of the cervical (4 sections) and lumbar (4 sections) spine in addition to an additional section titled bone graft harvesting.  Once selecting the desired topic, app users can read a brief description of the operation and watch a relevant educational video focusing on the procedure goals or technique, view demonstrative key images, review relevant medical imaging, and read notes on the subject.  An impressive feature is that the notes are compatible with AirPrint if available on your iPhone, which allows for direct printing to a compatible wireless printer.

Overall, the information provided is basic and appropriate for educating patients about their diseases.  The images are very clear and well-designed computer graphics and maintain a consistent style throughout the app.  The images also include appropriate labels and markers for demonstration purposes and are accompanied by additional information about the patient and pathology.  This app can be useful to providers who choose to educate their patients about cervical and lumbar disease using their iPhone or iPad.  The videos appear to be native to the device, explaining the app’s 1.4 GB download size.

 

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iSpineCare

Jan 13, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

 

This app is part of a group of spine-related education tools designed to help clinicians presents information about the spine to patients.  The app is organized in a list format divided into the anatomy, movements, muscles, and pathology of the cervical (4 sections) and lumbar (4 sections) spine.  Within each sub-section users will then find an expended collection of body parts or pathologies (i.e. fact joints, discs, congenital stenosis, disc protrusion, etc.).  Then, once selecting the desired topic, app users can read a brief description of the problem or part, watch a relevant educational video, view demonstrative key images, review relevant medical imaging, and read notes on the subject.  An impressive feature is that the notes are compatible with AirPrint if available on your iPhone, which allows for direct printing to a compatible wireless printer.

Overall, the information provided is basic and appropriate for educating patients about their diseases.  The images are very clear and well-designed computer graphics and maintain a consistent style throughout the app.  The images also include appropriate labels and markers for demonstration purposes and are accompanied by additional information about the patient and pathology.  This app can be useful to providers who choose to educate their patients about cervical and lumbar disease using their iPhone or iPad.  The videos appear to be native to the device, explaining the app’s 1.3 GB download size.

 

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