William H. Blahd Jr. MD FACEP


First Aid for a Fishhook Stuck in an Eye

Fishhook injuries to the eye are rare. When they occur, they can cause a serious injury, including blindness. Prompt emergency room or ophthalmology care is needed to remove the fishhook, prevent complications, and minimize damage from the fishhook. Do the following, and then seek emergency care : Do not try to remove a…

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is pain in the front of the knee. It may be caused by overuse, injury, excess weight, an improperly aligned kneecap, or changes under the kneecap. Symptoms include: Pain, especially when sitting with bent knees, squatting, jumping, or using the stairs (especially going down stairs)…

Little Leaguer’s Elbow (Medial Apophysitis)

Little Leaguer’s elbow occurs in young baseball players who throw the ball too hard or too often (for example, more than 80 times twice a week). The growing part of the elbow, called the growth center (physis), widens and enlarges a part of the elbow bone called the medial epicondyle of the humerus . Muscles of the…

Elbow Pain: Other Causes of Pain

Occasionally a problem elsewhere in the body can cause pain in the arm or elbow. These may include: A neck problem, such as a pinched nerve in the neck. A shoulder problem, such as arthritis in the shoulder. A wrist problem, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. A heart problem, such as angina pectoris. A tumor or bone cyst…

Upper and Middle Back Pain

Covers the causes and symptoms of upper and middle back pain. Looks at treatment with rest, pain medicine, and surgery. Includes steps to prevent back pain from returning, such as practicing good posture and getting regular exercise.