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Weekend Doctor: Repetitive use golf injuries

By Shaun Coffman, PT, DPT, OCS
Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Nationwide Children’s Hospital*

Whether you and your child play golf to relax on the weekends or to be competitive, a risk of injury exists just like in other sports. It is important to take precautions against getting hurt and to seek medical attention in the case of injury.

Weekend Doctor: Penicillin allergy

By Maria Slack, MD
Allergy and Immunology Specialists of Northwest Ohio

Do you have a penicillin allergy? Even if you were allergic, you may not be any longer!

With the cold and flu seasons come frequent trips to the doctor’s office. For some, treatment with an antibiotic is needed and having an antibiotic allergy can really limit a person’s options, causing providers to treat with less safe, less effective and more costly antibiotics.

Weekend Doctor: Molluscum contagiosum

By Mike Patrick, MD
Medical Director for Interactive Media, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Despite its big, scary-sounding name, molluscum contagiosum is a common and relatively harmless skin condition seen in many children. It comes in the form of bumps that range in size from a pinhead to a pencil eraser. The bumps are caused by a skin virus and appear as painless domes that are typically flesh-colored, although they may develop a white center and/or redness around the edges. The telltale sign of molluscum contagiosum is a small dimple (umbilication) on top and near the center. Although one bump may appear alone, they are often seen in clusters or scattered on different areas of the skin.

Weekend Doctor: Monkeypox

By William Kose, MD, JD
Vice President of Special Projects, Blanchard Valley Health System

Just when we think we are turning the corner on COVID-19, despite its numerous variants, another infection is causing headlines. Monkeypox … what is it? Where did it come from? How does it spread? Do I need to be worried?

Weekend Doctor: Sleepwalking

By Emily Decker, MD
Primary Care Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Sleepwalking happens when a child is asleep but does activities such as sitting up, getting out of bed, eating, or even getting dressed. Those activities could last a few seconds to a half hour–and the child will usually never remember they did it. It usually happens within the first couple hours of a child falling asleep.

Weekend Doctor: Joint replacement surgery

By Jim Davidson, MD and Katie Fultz, PA-C

Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Often a patient has been diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis of a large joint (hip, knee, shoulder) and among treatment options discussed, joint replacement surgery may be considered. Typically, a joint replacement is reserved for the treatment of severe osteoarthritis when non-surgical treatments are no longer working. A joint replacement is replacing the cartilage ends of two bones where they come together to make a joint with a metal and plastic prosthetic. Once a patient has met with their orthopedic provider and decided a joint replacement is the right treatment option for them, there is preparation that can be done.