Why is Grandpa Falling?

A seemingly simple stumble provides clues to serious injury.

By Tony Dajer|Tuesday, August 01, 2006
"Grandpa fell on knee. Two days before. Pain," the young woman said. Her wizened grandfather dozed on a stretcher."How are you, sir?" I inquired softly.In loud Cantonese, the granddaughter repeated the question. She smiled apologetically. "No hear good."His eyes fluttered open. When I palmed his right knee, he winced. The joint was swollen, the kneecap scuffed, but he didn't complain when I bent his knee. With the help of an interpreter, I learned that he tripped on his way to the bathroom two d...

The full text of this article is available to Discover Magazine subscribers only.

Subscribe and get 10 issues packed with:
  • The latest news, theories and developments in the world of science
  • Compelling stories and breakthroughs in health, medicine and the mind
  • Environmental issues and their relevance to daily life
  • Cutting-edge technology and its impact on our future
Already a subscriber? Register now!
Registration is FREE and takes only a few seconds to complete. If you are already registered on DiscoverMagazine.com, please log in.

Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

Collapse bottom bar

Log in to your account

Email address:
Remember me
Forgot your password?
No problem. Click here to have it emailed to you.

Not registered yet?

Register now for FREE. It takes only a few seconds to complete. Register now »