Neck and back injuries are some of the most commonly seen in independent medical examinations. However, it can be difficult to discern when the diagnosis is a sprain or strain, which are soft tissue injuries, and when it is something more severe. To add to the diagnostic dilemma, the increased use of advanced imaging such as MRI often result in alarming reports such as significant nerve impingement. The objective of this presentation is to provide a better understanding of how to differentiate between soft tissue neck and back injuries and other, more significant, injuries which may require surgical intervention.
Presented by Chihua Lee, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon
In 2001, Dr. Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. From there, he attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, where he received his Medical Degree in 2015. His internship and residency were completed at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2020.
Dr. Lee has been a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton since 2020 and is currently the Healthcare Ethics Committee Chairman. He is a published surgeon who has received many awards and honors including the Awards for Excellence in Orthopaedic Resident Research in 2019 and 2020. Dr. Lee was the Orthopaedic Surgery Intern of the Year in 2016.
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