Browsing articles from "December, 2012"

Gout Channel

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients  // 

An informative patient-education app about gout with advice about treatment and prevention.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

This app includes a plethora of information about gout, risk factors, prevention and treatment.  What the app lacks in organization and user interface, it makes up with educational material and price.  The app includes 3 section: What is gout?  Why do I have gout? and What can I do about gout?  Each heading includes multiple sub-headings with useful explanations and information to answer each question.  Unfortunately, the formatting left much to be desired on my iPhone and would not fit to the screen size, requiring finger-scrolling to read every sentence.  There are also some interesting and animated images included in the text.  Specific topics can be bookmarked for easy reference and text could be highlighted and copied, but I could not find a way to email or print the information.  Overall, this is a useful app for patients interested in learning more about gout and includes valuable information about prevention.

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Nerve Whiz

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Spine, Students, Study/Review, Top, Upper  // 

Extraordinary app with detailed and complete information about the brachial and lumbar plexes, including innervation, sensory distribution, and sites of compression.

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5+

Developed by Zach London, MD from University of Michigan, Nerve Whiz is one of the most useful and intuitive nerve reference resources I have come across.  The app includes complete information about the course, branches, innervation, sensory distribution, and sites of compression of the brachial plexus (C5-T1) and lumbar plexus (L2-S2).  The app has multiple sections with hidden gems.  “Chart” includes a complete listing of all data, organized by either upper or lower extremity and sorted by muscle, nerve, roots, action, trunk, or cord.  The next feature is an incredible “muscle localizer” and uses an intuitive algorithm to provide the site of injury after the user selects muscles that are injured.  For example, selecting a weak “deltoid” returns localization to either C5, C6, upper trunk, posterior cord, or axillary nerve.  The diagram section utilizes a brachial plexus diagram and highlights the selected area of interest – the diagram is both intuitive and complete.  The final section, “sensory,” allows the user to point to an area of sensory loss and returns a list of potential roots and nerves that may be injured, with associated dermatome diagrams.  Overall, this extraordinary reference app should be in the pocket of every medical student and orthopaedic, neurologic, or neurosurgical trainee.

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Heel Thy Tendon

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Business, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Top  // 

Lightweight informational app for patients with foot tendinopathy including information about the disease and treatments.

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

Heel Thy Tendon (creative name) was developed by an orthopaedic surgeon from Lewisburg, PA and includes general information about 4 common types of foot tendinopathy.  The app begins by asking the patient to select the area of pain and isolates either Achilles tendinopathy, posterior tibial tendinopathy, peroneal tendinopathy, or plantar fasciitis. Each section includes a powerpoint with generic information and treatment options (surgery, platelet rich plasma, shockwave therapy, and non-operative treatment).  There is also a text-based summary of each condition.  Overall, the app provides general information about four common causes of foot pain and may be useful for patients looking to learn more about chronic foot pain and to help guide them to an appropriate specialist.

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HandMD

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Upper  // 

A personal practice app for the hand surgery practice of Dr. Jeffrey Wint in Springfield, MA.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

This app is a personal practice app for Dr. Jeffrey Wint.  The app includes information about Dr. Wint, including office information, location, hours, Twitter feed, and various podcasts.  A tab also includes various academic and professional achievements, including education/training information and recent awards.  Users can send a private message to Dr. Wint via the app.

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SG Sports & Ortho

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients  // 

A surprisingly informative general orthopaedic app made by and promoting the practice of Dr. Kevin Yip at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app appears to be created by Dr. Kevin Yip and contains a good amount of general orthopaedic patient information.  The app itself is divided into 3 categories: injury, rehab, and videos.  The injury tab uses a tap-forward navigation scheme to selection the area and injury to learn about.  I counted about 30 topics, ranging from sciatica to carpal tunnel syndrome, Achilles tendon rupture, or ingrown toe nail.  Each sub-section includes a paragraph about the condition and information about causes, prevention, and various treatment options supplemented by images of average quality. The rehab section includes information about exercises (passive, active, lower back, and shoulder).  There is also general information about platelet-rich plasma, as well as tips about preparing for your surgery.  Overall, this app seems to be geared for Dr. Yip’s practice, but still offers some generic information for curious patients.

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iSplint

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Students, Trauma, Upper  // 

A light-weight splinting reference designed for emergency department physicians.

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

iSplint has features not present in other splinting apps, including fully native videos demonstrating splint application.  The app was created by an emergency medicine physician at George Washington University, giving it credibility.  Unfortunately, the selection of splints is limited to thumb spica, triple S, radial gutter, dorsal hand, sugar tong (upper extremity), posterior ankle, and sugar tong (lower extremity).  Aside from non-traditional orthopaedic terminology for some of these splints, the application of splints are all demonstrated using fiberglass with minimal padding.  This is somewhat of a deviation from traditional orthopaedic splint application.  In addition to the video demonstration, there is a “discussion” for each splint which links to a table that offers an image of the applied splint, application tips, and provides very brief indications.  Overall, this app is focused more towards emergency department staff, as advertised.  However, orthopaedic providers should be aware of this application and consider recommending it to colleague for simple splint applications.

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