Description: This book describes common orthopedic maladies clinicians are apt to see in their patients in the clinic and reviews rehabilitation guidelines for each injury.
Purpose: The purpose is to offer clinicians a step-by-step process for rehabilitation of different orthopedic injuries following surgery. The authors are experienced clinicians who work for the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and they describe the approaches the institution follows for the various injuries. They aspire to offer quick solutions for patient care, based on their experiences. In this regard, they have met their objectives, although I don't think that this book is necessary. There are many books on the market offering rehabilitation guidelines following surgery, and this one does not offer any more insight than those already published.
Audience: This book is intended for physical therapists and any other individuals involved in the rehabilitation of patients with orthopedic injuries. It is best suited for seasoned practitioners, as I worry that novices will not know how to interpret this information and may use it as a cookbook.
Features: Brief descriptions of the surgical procedures for injuries such as total joint replacement, fractures, ligament reconstruction, and sports injuries are presented. Rehabilitation guidelines are described for each of these injuries including goals, precautions, and treatment strategies based on the time frame of recovery. The book has some merits, in that it is compact and easy to follow. However, there are no pictures or graphs, which would be helpful when clarifying an injury or surgical procedure.
Assessment: The book is relatively simple and serves as a quick reference for the orthopedic rehabilitation specialist, but there are better books on the market that have more advanced descriptions of surgery and guidelines for patient recovery based on physiologic healing principles. I commend the authors for their work, but I don't see where this book offers anything new to the rehabilitation literature. I don't think that most rehabilitation facilities or physical therapists need to purchase this book.