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The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast

Supercharge your learning as these board-certified Internists interview the experts to bring you clinical pearls, practice changing knowledge, and a healthy dose of humor. 

Jun 4, 2018

Knee pain is easy with practical tips from Orthopedist, medical educator, car-builder, and inventor extraordinaire Dr. Ted Parks. He teaches us the four buckets of knee pain, how to perform a 30-second knee exam, choose a knee brace, order x-rays, and the red flags to look for in a history and physical that should have you shouting for your closest neighborhood orthopedic surgeon. This episode is brought to you in partnership with the American College of Physicians. ACP members can claim free CME-MOC credit at out our video of the Parks-Approved 30-second knee exam!


  • Written by: Nora Taranto BA, Matthew Watto MD
  • Produced by: Chris Chiu MD and Nora Taranto BA
  • Edited by: Matthew Watto MD.
  • Hosts: Matthew Watto MD, Stuart Brigham MD, Paul Williams MD.
  • Guest: Ted Parks MD.  

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Time Stamps

  • 00:00 Announcement
  • 01:00 Disclaimer
  • 01:35 Intro and guest bio
  • 04:08 Dr Parks’ one-liner, book recommendation, inventions, and career advice
  • 10:52 A case of knee pain, and recognizing emergencies
  • 14:17 Four buckets of knee pain
  • 17:40 Initial approach to treatment of knee pain
  • 20:19 Corticosteroid injection controversy
  • 22:47 Hyaluronic acid injections
  • 24:50 Topical agents
  • 27:03 Taking a history about knee pain
  • 29:39 Knee locking or giving out
  • Practical Office Orthopedics by Ted Parks
  • 31:44 How to order knee X-rays
  • 36:45 Knee braces
  • 41:00 How to perform a 30 second knee exam
  • Ms Anita Bones has left knee pain and recent fall.
  • 53:00 PRP, stem-cell injections
  • 61:00 Glucosamine chondroitin
  • 63:09 Take home points
  • 64:36 Outro

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