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Do your knees ache?  Are they keeping you from walking?  Running?  Playing sports?  Life doesn't have to be a pain in the knee!

Nearly half a million knee surgeries are performed in America alone every year.  Most of them could have been prevented.  Now you can heal the hurt and avoid strains and sprains with straight talk about:

-The most common knee problems, and arthritis at any age.

-High risk and junior sports.

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Overview

Do your knees ache?  Are they keeping you from walking?  Running?  Playing sports?  Life doesn't have to be a pain in the knee!

Nearly half a million knee surgeries are performed in America alone every year.  Most of them could have been prevented.  Now you can heal the hurt and avoid strains and sprains with straight talk about:

-The most common knee problems, and arthritis at any age.

-High risk and junior sports.

-Arthroscopy, surgery, painkillers and medications, and proper footwear.

-Strengthening and conditioning, the total rehab regime, and much, much more . . .

Dr. James M. Fox, pioneer in the development of sports medicine and the use of arthroscopy, and member of the medical staff for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, pulls no punches.  Whether you're a novice at knee pain or an old pro at hobbling around, he tells you exactly what you need to know to have strong, healthy, pain-free knees.

A practical, authoritative, no-nonsense guide that covers the gamut of knee pain and injuries, and shows what causes them, what can be done to alleviate them, and how to prevent them in the future.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bum knees have sidelined professional and amateur athletes alike, and until recently, the diagnosis was I.D.K., an acronym for internal knee derangement that specialists joked actually stood for ``I Don't Know.'' The prognosis has improved somewhat, and orthopedic surgeon Fox and veteran medical writer McGuire offer a definitive book on the knee that will encourage a wide audiencefrom athletes to arthritics. A delightful bedside manner is enhanced by their gift for visualizing difficult images in easy-to-understand terms (the anatomy lesson describes the knee joint as ``two giant bones propped on top of one another, held together by the anatomical equivalent of rubber bands''). Save Your Knees explains how the knee works, why it gets hurt, how to self-diagnose problems and when and when not to worry about them, and how to find reliefin surgery, exercise therapy, properly fitting shoes and the like. The book discusses questions a patient should ask a physician, as well as pain pills and potions. There are a sport-by-sport breakdown on how to prevent knee injury and a section on exercises that can be performed at home. (May)
Library Journal
Fox (a physician) and McGuire (editor of Knee News and Sports Medicine ) offer a readable study of the knee, its pathology, and injury for the layperson. They cover most of the material in four sections: symptoms and causes of knee problems, possible treatments and rehabilitation, considerations when pursuing an athletic lifestyle, and problems of children and adolescents. Though Fox is a surgeon, he generally espouses an initially conservative, noninvasive approach to treatment. This book has fewer illustrations than Alan Halpern's Runner's World Knee Book ( LJ 2/1/85), but the information is comparable. At the price, Save Your Knees is worthwhile for public libraries. Recommended. Robert Jordan, Univ. of Iowa Libs., Iowa City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440500117
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1988
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 697,109
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Part 1 What's Wrong? Symptoms and Possible Causes 1
1 Life Is a Pain in the Knee 3
2 On Your Knees 6
3 There Is No Gender Gap 12
4 Ouch! That Hurts: From Symptoms to Diagnosis 16
5 What's Up, Doc? Chronic Knee Problems 26
6 What's Up, Doc? (Revisited) Acute Knee Problems 41
7 Arthritis: Is It or Isn't It? 54
Part 2 What to Do about It: Relief and Rehabilitation 61
8 Questions to Ask Your Doctor 63
9 What Are You Doing to Me? 70
10 Pain Pills and Potions 79
11 Surgery? The Pros and Cons 87
12 Arthroscopy: Cut and Run 90
13 When All Else Fails: Total Knee Replacement 96
14 Rehabilitation: The Achilles' Heel of the Knee 100
15 Support Your Knee (or It Won't Support You) 118
16 Arthritis Relief 125
Part 3 Back on Track: Safely Reentering the Active World 137
17 Shoes and Orthotics: Getting to the Foot of the Matter 139
18 Conditioning: The Road to Recovery and Prevention 147
19 Running Scared? 155
20 Aerobics: The Dance of the Injured Knee 168
21 Skiing: The Glide Guide 176
22 Basketball 189
23 Tackling the Problems of Football 195
24 A Six-Pack of Sports 201
25 The Aging Athlete: Battles of the Weekend Warrior 222
Part 4 Kids' Knees 227
26 What's Up, Doc? (Junior Version) 229
27 Why Are Junior Athletics So Hazardous? 240
Epilogue: Knee News is Good News 251
Appendix A Stretches and Exercises 259
Appendix B Glossary of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Terms 275
It Certainly Doesn't End Here 281
Index 282
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2000

    Solid Advice

    This detailed and well-written book really lives up to its title, and I wish I'd found it sooner. I'm not a doctor, but from my own knee history and research, the authors' advice seems up-to-date and clear, and in my case, it's certainly been helpful.

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