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From The CriticsReviewer: John L Turner, MD (Wake Forest University School of Medicine)
Description: This book is an excellent tool for practicing physicians, providing concise patient education and instruction on common sports medicine topics.
Purpose: The book is intended to educate patients and assist providers with concise recommendations. It fills a large need in most busy practitioners' day by addressing common questions and instructions in a handout form. The book helps patients feel comfortable about diagnoses and treatment plans.
Audience: The book is geared for patient education, but it is helpful as a quick reference for physicians who do not see sports medicine patients on a regular basis. It written by experts in the field but in laymen's terms so learners and patients will not be overwhelmed. Learners will find the general review of conditions quite helpful.
Features: Common and even rare sports medicine topics are well covered along with common practical issues such as imaging tests and supplement use. Musculoskeletal conditions take up the majority of chapters. Printable handouts review general descriptions, symptoms, causes, prevention, and treatment options. Helpful exercise instructions and anatomical graphics provide excellent information to patients.
Assessment: I have been waiting for a book like this for years. It allows me to augment personal conversations with handouts that make patients more comfortable with new diagnoses. The instructions and exercise sheets are very effective and streamline my practice. Along with being an educational tool, it improves my office care in very practical ways and allows me to refer less. Some of the language may be above an average patient level, but this does not lessen the overall impact.