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Measure Whiz

App to assist in measuring Upper Extremity range of motion from The Hand Center at the Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Associates

Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2

 

Measure Whiz was created for use by Occupational Therapists to assist in measuring and recording upper extremity range of motion (ROM) using a mobile device. This app is intriguing as it leverages the phone’s gyroscope to measure angular differences in all three planes, but its usefulness is limited as it has minimal features, a large range of error, and is difficult to use for certain measurements. The app interface is very basic. From the home screen you can select ‘History’, ‘Range of Motion’, and ‘Assessment’. The ‘History’ and ‘Assessment’ options are just voice memos which can easily be record over accidentally.  The ROM options include Wrist, Forearm, Elbow, Shoulder, Digits with specific motion sub-options per joint. There is no option for lower extremity ROM measurements.

By selecting a specific joint and motion you can then measure the ROM live. Position the handset distal to the joint in a neutral position and press ‘Start’. Then allow the patient to move the body part being measured and then tap the ‘Finish’ Button. The ROM is displayed and updated live. The app does not lock the plane of measurement and allows ROM measurements in the X & Y plane simultaneously. This allows for different acceptable phone positions, but leads to errors in measurement with any movement out of plane. It is very sensitive & dependent on initial position when zeroed. Using the app can be difficult as you must stabilize the device against the body part being measured which can be difficult for wrist ROM and near impossible for digit ROM. It worked adequately for forearm, elbow and shoulder ROM.

A ‘New Patient’ button at the bottom of the homepage clears the app information. Multiple patient data is not supported and data is not saved for later. Data is lost when app is closed and there is no prompt when the ‘New Patient’ button is pressed, making it easy to accidentally clear the data. Overall the app is quite finicky. There are better goniometer apps out there and a real goniometer is probably better and more accurate.

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Radiopaedia MSK

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Trauma, Under $1, Under $5, Upper  // 

App version of Radiopaedia.org, radiology teaching files for musculoskeletal education.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

This app presents musculoskeletal imaging in a case-based format and is designed to teach students and residents about musculoskeletal injuries.  The app is very intuitive, and currently includes 68 case presentations.  Each case has unknowns with various imaging modalities and views, questions, and then answers to those questions. It also includes a radiology report, as well as additional online cases with the same (or similar) diagnoses.  The app is very simple, yet intuitive, and can be very useful for reviewing images.

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FracturED

App for learning skills needed to treat fractures in the emergency department.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

Created by an emergency medicine resident, this app is organized into modules for educating residents about how to care for fractures in the emergency department. The app begins with basic information, including annotated images for demonstrating surface anatomy, bones, and nerve distributions.  The app is then organized into cases which include a brief story of the patient, appropriate xray imaging with various views, and a discussion of the pathology and treatment options.  The discussion also has an extensive list of references for additional reading.

As of this review, the app includes 20 cases for the “Hand and Wrist” including a demonstration of how to apply various splints.  However, the general “upper extremity,” “lower extremity” and “foot” sections are all marked as “coming soon.”

This app is a useful learning tool for ED residents, but is currently only limited to the upper extremity.

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Cervical Spondylosis

Feb 3, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, Spine, Under $1  // 

Stretching, activity, and strengthening exercises focused on reducing symptoms of cervical spondylosis.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

This interesting app provides information and demonstrations of exercises to assist with cervical spondylosis. What makes the app “unique” is the graphical presentation which, for lack of a better description, reminds me of the graphics one would find on Super Nintendo.  Nevertheless, the app includes 3 stretching exercises, 7 active exercises, and 8 strengthening exercises for the cervical spine. These includes things like trapezius stretch, isometric lateral neck flexion, or chin tucks.  Each exercise has a “video” demonstration that consists of captions while the Super Nintendo-esque graphics demonstration the motion through a series of static images.  The app has no information about the author or developer, but all exercises seem relatively common and safe. Thus, the app may be useful for individuals searching for a quick reference to cervical spine exercises.

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Orthopedics Glossary

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Under $1  // 

A simple glossary for medical terms related to orthopaedic surgery

Overall: 2
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 1

This app is very simple: it provides brief descriptions and definitions for common orthopaedic terms.  In total, the app includes nearly 500 generic medical terms. Descriptions typically include one sentence.  There are no images or figures that I could find in the app.  The app has additional functionality including the ability to record notes and audio notes.  There is also the ability to share the information in an email as well as save terms as a “favorite.”  The app would be useful to members of the general public who need to define orthopaedic conditions.  But, to be quite honest, the definitions are very limited and for $0.99 better answers could be found via Google and Wikipedia.

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Orthopedics Terminology

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Under $1  // 

A simple glossary for medical terms related to orthopaedic surgery

Overall: 2
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 1

This app is very simple: it provides brief descriptions and definitions for common orthopaedic terms.  In total, the app includes about 165 terms. Descriptions typically include a few sentences to a few short paragraphs.  There are no images or figures that I could find in the app.  The only additional functionality is the ability to share the information in an email or on facebook as well as save terms as a “favorite.”  The app would be useful to members of the general public who need to define orthopaedic conditions.  But, to be quite honest, the definitions are very limited and for $0.99 better answers could be found via Google and Wikipedia.

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Top Ortho “App”

Download the www.TopOrthoApps.com iPhone app!  You’re already on the website, why not have on-the-go access direct from your iPhone?  This app has all of the best Top Ortho App lists that you’re used to: Top Apps, Free Apps, iPad Apps, Journals, Sports Apps, and much more!  Full reviews and screenshots are all available for free.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

This app has all of the best Top Ortho App lists that you’re used to: Top Apps, Free Apps, iPad Apps, Journals, Sports Apps, and much more!  Full reviews and screenshots are all available for free.

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JBJS ImageQuiz

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Reference, Residents, Study/Review, Top, Under $1  // 

Full-featured app including JBJS Image Quiz case reports, questions, images, and discussion about the case, the pathology, and appropriate treatment.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4+

This app provides access to JBJS’s bi-monthly “Image Quizzes” that appear in the printed journal.  The app is well-designed and easy to navigate. All cases are presented in thumbnail format and, as of writing, the current version includes 54 cases.  Each case includes 3 sections: Question, Answer, and Discussion.  The question section includes a detailed case history as well as a number of relevant images which load quickly and clearly on the iPad.  The “quiz” appears to the left of the screen with a single question and multiple-choice options.  Interestingly, the user has the option of choosing “how others chose” to see the answers selected by other quiz takers.  This can be done either before or after making your own selection.  Once an answer is submitted, the user automatically advances to the “answer” section if correct, and is presented with a brief explanation.  Selecting “learn more in the discussion,” provides a more thorough explanation of the disease process and relevant clinical pearls.    Overall, the app is very clear and runs smoothly on the device.  At a price of $0.99, the app is somewhat of an enigma.  To those who already subscribe to JBJS, it seems odd that the journal would charge for access to these cases. While, for those who do not currently have a subscription, $0.99 for unlimited clinical cases and explanations is a phenomenal value.

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Meniscus Exercises

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Sports, Under $1  // 

A patient-focused app that provides information about meniscus tears and phase-oriented exercises for recovery.

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The developers of the meniscus exercises should certainly be applauded for creating an informative and useful app focused on patient care and physical therapy.  The implementation is average, and navigating the app is somewhat clunky at times.  General information about meniscus injuries is provided.  The app then includes exercises based on the phase of injury and level of “protection” required.  Definitive values are provided, for example, restricting the knee from 50-90 degrees of motion during “maximum protection.”  Each exercise is demonstrated with a pseudo-animation composed of a series of images that are reminiscent of early 1990s video games.  Many of the exercises are useful for patients, while others are unnecessary, such as the demonstration for “walking.”  Overall, the app is amusing at worst, and helpful for patients at best.  It does provide ideas for exercises in patients who have already been evaluated by a physician and desire a home exercise program.

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Septic Hip

Feb 20, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Residents, Students, Under $1, Utilities  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

This quick-reference app is designed to use a popular clinical algorithm to assist with the diagnostic distinction between transient synovitis and septic arthritis of the hip.  The app is based on 5 clinical predictors: fever, weight-bearing, ESR, WBC (published by Kocher et al. in 1999) and CRP (added by Caird et al. in 2006).  The interface is simple and intuitive by allowing the user to select the predictors that apply to a particular patient.  By touching “next,” the user is then presented with the probability of septic arthritis as calculated by each study individually (validated), and the overall probability of septic arthritis (average of the two).  Overall, this is a simple app that offers a convenient way to utilize an existing and popular clinical diagnostic algorithm.

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Orthopaedics Pro

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

 

This app is an attempt at an all-inclusive orthopaedics study tool.  The menu is organized into flashcards, true/fales (500 questions) and single best answer (106 questions).  The flashcards are not merely “factoids” of information, rather they are complete paragraphs of text information for every subject.  The app certainly contains a lot of information, but is also difficult to navigate at times.  The information is inconsistent, and at times impressive.  For example, the subheading “calcaneus fracture” includes reference to normal Bohler’s angle and normal Angle of Gissane.  It also includes Sander’s classification (text only), Zwipp classification, principles of fixation, reports Letournel’s results, and provides Essex-Lopresti’s subtypes.  However, the format is difficult to read and organize in one’s mind.  The true/false section is a sequential series of true/false questions that must be completed in order.  The single best answer section must also be completed in order.  Both of these sections suffer from a poor user interface, however the questions and explanations are good and very complete. Overall, the app is a good first attempt at a review/flashcard app, but would greatly benefit from an interface overhaul which is currently the apps greatest weakness.

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iJoints

Feb 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

 

This app has taken images from the Visible Human Project ™ to recreate axial, coronal, and sagittal slice images of a cadaveric hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, and wrist.  The app was created by a board certified radiologist, and the functionality is strictly limited to anatomy identification (no added information about anatomical origins, insertion, or inervation).  Navigation is intuitive from the main menu, with joints separated by the types of slices.  Each section includes about 9-12 slices for each joint.  After selecting a slice, options include mirror image (left/right), adding/removing labels, labeling muscles, bones, vessels, or “other,” and advancing a slide. The images are very clear, and all relevant anatomy is labeled. In addition to reviewing by joint, a search function allows for the user to enter any structure and will return every slice that includes the named structure. Lastly, a quiz function also exists that is organized by joint/slice. The quiz shows an image with labelled anatomy and asks you to identify a particular structure (multiple choice). If incorrect, the user is shown the correct answer, as well as the name of the structure that was incorrectly selected. Overall, this app seems most appropriate for students learning anatomy, and especially with regard to radiology-oriented slices for 3D imaging (coronal, axial, and sagittal).  Thus, the app would be greatly beneficial for improving CT and MRI identification, but how this may transfer to surgical anatomy is not as clear.

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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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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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Scoligauge

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPhone Apps, Pediatrics, Residents, Spine, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, scoligauge uses the iPhone’s internal accelerometer to mimic a scoliometer.  The user first calibrates the device on a level surface, and then chooses to measure the angle based on the device’s position on an object or based on the camera image. The app shows a very realistic scoliometer model during the measurement.   Overall, the app relies on the accuracy of your iPhone’s internal accelerometer, but the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard scoliometer is unavailable.

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Simple Goniometer

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, Residents, Students, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, simple goniometer does exactly what it says: it uses the iPhone’s internal accelerometer to mimic a goniometer for clinical measurements.  The app only has three functions: set, hold, and reset.  Although accuracy depends on the calibration of your devices internal electronics, the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard goniometer is unavailable.

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MedCalc

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

Everyone needs a good medical calculator on their smartphone, and MedCalc is my personal favorite based on the plethora of built-in equations.  The app has a very intuitive interface that can be easily navigated by users with any level of experience.  In addition, equations are organized by subject, alphabetically, and allows the user to easily mark his or her “favorites” for quick reference.  Some of the most useful tools that I have found include the opioid conversion tool, the dermatome distribution map, and the ISS calculation.  The app is also offered as MedCalc Pro for iPad and includes a full-size HD version with additional resources.  At $0.99 or $4.99, this app is a good option for someone that does not yet have their favorite medical calculator app.

Cost: $0.99 for MedCalc (iPhone); $4.99 for MedCalc Pro (iPad)
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