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November 16, 2016

Seventy local high school students participated in an “Introduction to Healthcare Careers” workshop on Saturday, November 12 in Marshalltown. The first-time workshop was a collaboration by healthcare and educational professionals at Central Iowa Healthcare (CIH), Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD), and McFarland Clinic.

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November 9, 2016

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is a very frequently injured ligament (estimates of over 250,000/year). It is the primary stabilizer of the knee, both with regard to anterior translation and rotational movement. 

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November 2, 2016

In an earlier blog I discussed true knee dislocations such as the Teddy Bridgewater knee injury. Patella (kneecap) dislocations are not nearly as severe of an injury, yet they still remain a significant problem requiring weeks of rehab.

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October 27, 2016

Last week the medical blog listed some factoids about muscles. And with Halloween just around the corner, it seems appropriate to do the same with bones.

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October 24, 2016

Today we will go back to the basics. By their contraction, skeletal muscles are responsible for human locomotion, erect posture and extremity movement. 

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October 12, 2016

Dear Cyclone Fanatics- Today I’m going to teach you a bit about a fairly infrequent injury to the shoulder: the pectoralis major tendon rupture. Unfortunately this injury requires operative repair, followed by months of healing and rehabilitation. 

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October 10, 2016

McFarland Clinic is excited to introduce five new physicians to our Carroll office: Dr. Samuel Dvorak, Dr. Carly Quam, Dr. Shaun Quam, Dr. Abby Williams and Dr. Joshua Williams.

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October 5, 2016

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs: My Most Common Procedure


While rotator cuff tears are very common in the 50+ age group, they are relatively uncommon in 20 year-olds. However, each Fall I do a hand-full of rotator cuff repairs on football players from Iowa State and the surrounding high schools.  

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September 22, 2016

This week I want to address a relatively rare and sometimes confusing sports injury: the Shoulder Separation. This injury generally results from a direct blow to the top of the shoulder, such as when a quarterback is sacked and the shoulder in driven into the ground.

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September 16, 2016

Last week I focused on knee dislocations, a rare and particularly severe knee injury. This week I’ll cover Pivot Shift injuries, which are much more common.

A pivot-shift is a partial dislocation of the knee. It usually occurs with a non-contact injury and accounts for a large majority of ACL injuries.

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