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From The CriticsReviewer: Matthew M. Tomaino, MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
Description: This is a new, dual-authored text that exclusively addresses injury, treatment, and rehabilitation of the elbow. Its focus allows adequate coverage of this joint's most common sports-related ailments in a concise and readable manner, and its emphasis on rehabilitation makes it a unique contribution to all members of the healthcare team.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide rehabilitation professionals — physical therapists, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning professionals, and sports scientists — the rationale and background for treating and rehabilitating overuse injuries in the athletic elbow. With a well-balanced menu of chapters covering anatomy and biomechanics, etiology, clinical evaluation and treatment, and rehabilitation, the authors achieve their objectives.
Audience: With the increasing participation of nonsurgeon/nonorthopedist physicians in the care of athletic injuries, this book is a valuable resource for primary care doctors and nurse practitioners in addition to the authors' intended audience of rehabilitation professionals. Because the text has been written by an orthopedist and a physical therapist/sports clinical specialist, each with their own extensive practical experience and expertise, they provide a credible and authoritative discussion of the subject material.
Features: The book is appropriately illustrated and well-referenced with an up-to-date list of pertinent, multidisciplinary articles. Its organization facilitates use as a quick reference, but also makes it an easy read from cover to cover. As an orthopedic surgeon, I found the sections covering rehabilitation concepts (isokinetics, the total arm strength concept, and kinetic link principle), postoperative protocols, and sports-specific interval return programs most valuable.
Assessment: The text would be even more balanced if it had addressed lateral collateral ligament injury and treatment of surgical failures. Furthermore, since the authors acknowledge that most elbow injuries are the result of overuse and are amenable to nonoperative treatment, the book could have addressed pathomechanics and injury prevention in more detail, and included recommendations for preseason/preparticipation conditioning and sport-specific techniques aimed at preventing injury in the first place. Overall, the book covers tennis elbow, ulnar collateral ligament injury, cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar neuritis), and osteochondral injury well, and in that light, deserves a spot in each of our individual libraries in addition to the department/division in which we work.