Description: This book is a presentation of current basic science concepts underlying the anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and pathophysiology of bone. The effects of exercise and immobilization and the diagnosis and clinical management of bone tumors, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other bone disorders are also covered.
Purpose: The purposes are fourfold: to present current basic science background underlying mineralized dense connective tissue dynamics in health and selected disease states commonly encountered in clinical practice; to serve as a practical reference by offering a comprehensive and integrated text on bone metabolism, selected skeletal disorders, and pertinent applications to clinical practice in physical rehabilitation; to facilitate the understanding of the basic science mechanisms of skeletal pathophysiology that underlie clinical decision making in the assessment and treatment of selected mineralized connective tissue disorders and metabolic bone diseases; and to enhance clinical practice by providing current rationale as well as potential research directions in the assessment and treatment of conditions affecting bone.
Audience: The book is written for health professional students and practicing clinicians. The editor and her two contributing authors have produced an important contribution to the literature on orthopedic rehabilitation science of adult bone. Her persuasive manner of writing contributes to her success in fulfilling her objectives.
Features: This book is a well-conceived bridge between basic bone research and clinical practice. The editor uses non-mathematical descriptions to explain the fundamental biomechanics of bone. Tables and figures are used extensively throughout to clarify basic science and clinical concepts. She effectively uses "clinical notes" to highlight selected material.
Assessment: This book is both academically rigorous and clinically relevant. It is an essential addition to the library of anyone studying or practicing in the field of orthopedic rehabilitation science.