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From The CriticsReviewer: Heather Huang, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Description: This is a comprehensive textbook of orthopedics written for the practitioners who are not orthopedists.
Purpose: It is intended as a comprehensive reference for the diagnosis, management, and referral of patients with an extensive number of orthopedic conditions. It strives to do this in a concise, easy-to-reference manner.
Audience: The audience includes primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, and athletic trainers.
Features: This comprehensive and well-organized book begins with general principles of musculoskeletal medicine. Subsequent sections are organized by joint (shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand, spine, pelvis/hip, knee and lower leg, ankle and foot) with an additional section on pediatrics. The chapters use a well-designed, bullet-point format that allows readers to efficiently find important information such as ICD-9 codes, key concepts, guides to history taking and physical examinations, imaging, additional tests, differential diagnosis, treatment, patient instructions, special populations, troubleshooting, and suggested readings. The book includes a significant number of drawings, photographs, and radiologic images and comes with a DVD and online access. The DVD includes videos demonstrating how to perform 29 joint injections, seven common physical examinations, a variety of tests, and 6 splinting and casting procedures.
Assessment: Musculoskeletal complaints are a common concern among the primary practitioner's patient population, and are frequently encountered by physical therapists and athletic trainers. This is an easy-to-use, concise reference that covers a wide range of orthopedics problems. The bullet-point format conveys the essential information needed to diagnose, manage, and refer patients.