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Straight, No Chaser: Traumatic Brain Injuries (Concussion), Part II

Your son is a star in Friday Night Lights (actually football, not the TV show) and has been concussed.  Amazingly, the most common question I get asked is not “Will he be ok
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 30, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Traumatic Brain Injuries (Concussions), Part I

It’s probably not a coincidence that National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month occurs at the same time as the onset of the NFL season in the U.S. However, it’s a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 29, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Questions You Should Ask When You Have a Laceration

I wonder if any of us avoid lacerations over the course of our lives. It seems that everyone I know or every patient I have cared for has a scar and a story to accompany it. Fortun
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 11, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: How to Survive a Motor Vehicle Collision

  As you drive the expressways of some cities, you can now see signs displaying how many traffic deaths have occurred during the year. I’m sure the purpose of these a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 10, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Motor Vehicle Crashes – Risky Behaviors, Injuries and Prevention

‘Tis not our task to preach but to inform. Maybe you think you’ve heard it all before, but let me lay it all out for you so you can truly be an informed consumer. Forewarned i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 9, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: The Curse of the Weekend Warrior – Achilles Tendon Rupture

In high school I led the league in stolen bases, and in college my cohorts and I loved inventing ever more creative ways to dunk a basketball. Apparently, my calf muscles worked we
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 8, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: The Role of Gunshot Wounds in a Nation at War with Itself

Apparently there is going to be an ongoing need to address this… Somewhere in the midst of reconciling the parts of me that are physician, public health professional and Afr
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 7, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Avoiding Summertime Sports Injuries

It’s not just kids that get injured in the summer having fun. Those of you weekend warriors, recreational and actual athletes are very much at risk also. Now, professional at
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 5, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Fireworks Safety

For many, the Fourth of July is a time of celebration, happiness and creation of good family memories. In the emergency room it’s one of the two worst days to have to work (exclu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 3, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Kids Summer Fun Gone Wrong – Trampoline & Hover Board Trauma

With this long holiday weekend upon us, let me share a story…. It starts with me back in the emergency room with a little girl who looks like her forearm is going to fall off
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 2, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Your Questions About Gunshots and Stab Wounds

There has been a lot going on the news this entire year related to trauma, particularly gunshot wounds. This Straight, No Chaser answers your questions related to penetrating inj
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 30, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Penetrating Trauma (Gunshot and Stab Wounds)

Penetrating trauma (PT) is of such magnitude in this country that it is nearly impossible to do it justice in short form. This is primarily a medical blog, and as such I’ll defer
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 29, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Electrical Injuries

In a previous Straight, No Chaser, we discussed the “what” of electrical injuries and lightning. In this post, we discuss the “what-to-do” and “what-not-to-do” if and
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 26, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Reacting to Broken or Dislocated Jaws

Should you ever suffer the misfortune of getting hit or falling onto your jaw, would you know what to do? Trauma to the jaw is more dangerous than you might imagine. The risk for b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 11, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Syndrome

TMJ. Those of you have TMJ syndrome are likely already shaking your head in understanding. Those of you who don’t, be thankful. Take the advice of those who do and read this post
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 10, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Broken Noses (Nasal Fractures)

It’s curious how many patients with broken noses come into the emergency room smiling. Usually they’re kids whose parents “just want to be sure.” In these cases not mu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 9, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Broken Fingers

Don’t the tips of your fingers drive you nuts? Our leading edges cause so much drama for us. We’ve previously discussed injuries to nails and nail beds, but many of you who wor
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 7, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Mass Trauma Alert – Your Disaster Preparedness Strategy

If you’ve become a regular reader of Straight, No Chaser (thank you!), you will note the recurring theme of prevention. There’s often just not enough time to act in the midst
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 2, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Distracted Driving

I find lawmakers fascinating. For example, when states fail to pass distracted driving laws in the name of “freedom,” aren’t they basically signing off on Darwini
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 21, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Lowering Your Risk of Being Sexually Assaulted

Rape occurs in many different situations. Although the stereotype involves a stranger pulling a victim into a dark, isolated place, more common situations involve being assaulted
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 9, 2017
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