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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This text on the patella provides a comprehensive analysis and treatment of problems that present as patellar pain. It is unique in that it blends the opinions of an orthopedic surgeon and one of the most preeminent therapists in the world on this difficult topic.
Purpose: The purpose is to help health professionals gain an appreciation of the fundamental concepts and the numerous controversies surrounding the patella, its disorders, and their treatment. These lofty goals have been more than exceeded by these authors, who have created a text which allows a deep understanding of the patello-femoral joint.
Audience: The authors are somewhat unclear regarding their "target audience," but I believe any healthcare provider who teats patello-femoral disorders will benefit from reviewing this text. This would include physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, podiatrists, and primary care physicians in various levels of training and expertise.
Features: Although this book provides a wonderful overview of patella disorders from exam to pathophysiology to differential diagnoses and treatment, perhaps what illustrates the unique aspect of this text are the separate chapters on examination from an orthopedist's and a therapist's perspective. This book makes every effort to present the broad range of approaches and controversies from both perspectives.
Assessment: Problems of the patello-femoral joint are all too common and frequently poorly understood. The authors have given us a thorough way to approach and understand the patello-femoral joint. Their unique perspective and dedicated focus on the patella (and not on other factors of the extensor mechanism) makes this a valuable addition to the library of both physical therapists and medical physicians who commonly encounter patients with patello-femoral complaints.