ADTMC- MUSCULOSKELETAL

Follow Next Level Medic Facebook Page This is a broad topic, but a very common complaint from Soldiers – orthopedic complaints. The 68W Combat Medic should have a basic understanding of how to recognize and diagnose, as well as treat injuries. The medic can further expand skillsets to be able to handle smaller things atContinue reading “ADTMC- MUSCULOSKELETAL”

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Shoulder Dislocations

Ever wonder how to reduce a shoulder? Maybe you’re down range and you need to do a shoulder reduction without being able to evacuate the patient- this is for you. Come back to this page and review the video if you’re about to try it downrange. Don’t do this in urban America where Emergency RoomsContinue reading “Shoulder Dislocations”

Achilles Tendonitis

A common injury in Ranger School, or in a Pre-Ranger course, is Achilles Tendonitis. It is an overuse injury. Achilles Tendonitis is minor annoying pain of the achilles tendon and can often be treated with some stretches and exercises. This post will elaborate on that topic. In the acute phase as it starts hurting, theContinue reading “Achilles Tendonitis”

Minor Nagging Knee Issues

The purpose of this post is to give stretches and other rehab exercises to address minor or chronic knee injury issues that did not result from trauma. My primary audience would be those who are deployed to austere environments whom are looking for ways to rehab their guys while awaiting a good time to seeContinue reading “Minor Nagging Knee Issues”

Ankle Rehab

If you find yourself with an ankle sprain and it is situationally difficult to get to a physical therapist, try these ankle rehab exercises for the first few days. I was fortunate to receive these cheat sheets from my physical therapy friends. I now give these sheets out to Soldiers when they get hurt overContinue reading “Ankle Rehab”

Lower Extremity Evaluation

This post will include a PowerPoint lecture on “Lower Extremity Evaluation” taught by Dr. Anne Resty, DPT. She is a Physical Therapist that I have worked with and I highly respect. I greatly appreciate her assistance here. I recommend you also the watch videos further down on how to perform these special tests that sheContinue reading “Lower Extremity Evaluation”

Forearm Injuries

When thinking about open wounds to the forearm or even open fractures, do you use Kerlix? Do you understand the risks of wrapping it circumferentially? Watch this video to learn more! Not everything about this video is perfect, but the point is to not create more problems by creating a compartment syndrome. The secondary pointContinue reading “Forearm Injuries”

Knee Exam

A good knee exam starts with obtaining a good history. How did the pain begin? Sudden or gradual? Did the patient feel a pop? Did it occur while running? Twisting? When decelerating? Changing directions? What hurts now? What actions make it better or worse? Of course, if there is concern for infection then there areContinue reading “Knee Exam”

Patellofemoral Syndrome

A Very Common Cause of Knee Pain This is very common, and I believe that Medics can both diagnose and treat it. When Soldiers walk miles for Land Navigation in the dark on uneven terrain, ruck march 9-12 miles, and conduct patrols- they can definitely get some knee pain. This is one common reason whyContinue reading “Patellofemoral Syndrome”

Common Foot and Ankle Injuries

This post is all about foot and ankle injuries. What is an Emergency? What needs to be evacuated now? What can you take care of yourself? How can you prevent further harm? What steps can be taken for open fractures to improve outcomes? Until I find a better way to present material, its gonna haveContinue reading “Common Foot and Ankle Injuries”

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