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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David A. Stone, MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
Description: This new textbook on spine problems in athletes provides a comprehensive approach to the history, physical examination, diagnostic tests, nonsurgical and surgical management of injuries, and conditions of the spine frequently seen in sports.
Purpose: The purpose is to outline the diagnostic and therapeutic options, both conservative and surgical, of sports injuries of the spine, to provide guidelines for return to participation, and where possible, to discuss prevention of injuries.
Audience: The book is targeted for clinicians interested in working with spine problems in athletes. It will provide an excellent reference for neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, primary care sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and chiropractors.
Features: The book offers chapters on conditions of the spine and specific sports, providing the reader with information that facilitates its use as both a quick reference and a comprehensive text. The index provides a sample history and physical form for spine problems and an Oswestry functional index.
Assessment: The book generally attains the goals of its editors. It offers excellent illustrations and access to information. Some of the sports-specific chapters lack epidemiological data and do not give the reader a feel for how common spine problems are in that sport. Some of the chapters are short and could have been combined with others. However, the book effectively expands on earlier efforts to create a sports medicine oriented spine book.