Ericka A. Lawler

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BACKGROUND Carpal tunnel syndrome is a commonly encountered entrapment disorder resulting from mechanical insult to the median nerve. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based investigations have documented typical locations of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel; however, it is unclear whether those locations are consistent within an individual on(More)
The skeletal architecture of the DRUJ provides minimal inherent stability, as the sigmoid notch is shallow and its radius of curvature is 50% greater than that of the ulnar head [Af Ekenstam F, Hagert CG. Anatomical studies on the geometry and stability of the distal radio ulnar joint. Scand J Plast Reconstr Surg 1985;19(1):17-25]. Due to its incongruent(More)
Total wrist arthroplasty (TWA), first performed in the late 19th Century, is still an infrequently used operation. It is most commonly indicated in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have pan-carpal wrist involvement. It is an alternative to total wrist arthrodesis in patients who wish to preserve joint motion. Patients must lead a low-demand lifestyle(More)
The ligament reconstruction technique described closely reconstructs the anatomic origin and insertion of the palmar and dorsal radioulnar ligaments. In a series of 14 patients, stability was completely restored in 12. Patients were able to return to their previous work, athletic activities, and avocations without limitations. Recovery of strength and(More)
Carpal tunnel syndrome is commonly viewed as resulting from chronic mechanical insult of the median nerve by adjacent anatomical structures. Both the median nerve and its surrounding soft tissue structures are well visualized on magnetic resonance (MR) images of the wrist and hand. Addressing nerve damage from impingement of flexor digitorum tendons(More)
In MR images, the median nerve of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) patients frequently appears flatter than in healthy subjects. The purpose of this work was to develop a metric to quantify localized median nerve deformation rather than global nerve flattening, the hypothesis being that localized median nerve deformation would be elevated in CTS patients.(More)
BACKGROUND Mobile phone messaging software robots allow clinicians and healthcare systems to communicate with patients without the need for human intervention. The purpose of this study was to (1) describe a method for communicating with patients postoperatively outside of the traditional healthcare setting by utilizing an automated software and mobile(More)
We report a rare case of a patient with bilateral mirror clubfeet and bilateral hand polydactyly. The patient presented to our orthopaedic clinic with bilateral mirror clubfeet, each with eight toes, and bilateral hands with six fingers and a hypoplastic thumb. The pattern does not fit any described syndrome such as Martin or Laurin-Sandrow syndrome.(More)