Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, 5th Edition

ISBN: 9781625524157
ISBN-10: 1625524153
Copyright: 2016
Edition: 5th
Editor: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons , , Armstrong, April D., Hubbard, Mark C. ,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 79
Reviewer: Charles  Webb,  DO  (Legacy Medical Group)
This overview of common musculoskeletal and sports-related problems is well organized into simple, clear, and quick reading segments for busy primary care clinicians to use as a reference while in clinic.
The intent is to bridge the gap between what primary care physicians are taught in medical school and what they need to know to evaluate and manage patients with musculoskeletal conditions in a clinical setting. The book clearly meets these objectives, and the accompanying website also helps, as it can be easily accessed while in the electronic health record and includes patient education materials.
This is intended as a point-of-care reference for primary care clinicians, and it is also an excellent book for all those who treat musculoskeletal injures who want a single source of information. It is most appropriate for primary care providers who do not already have a firm grasp of the musculoskeletal system. The editors are well versed in the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries.
The book covers the musculoskeletal system, section by section. Each section systematically approaches pain referral patterns and the anatomy of each body region, working through the most common injuries, complete with patient handouts. These handouts are also available on the website and modifiable. The book covers general orthopedic topics very well, including the preoperative examination. However, one weakness is the topic of concussion, where the information is not the most current or even in concurrence with the latest Zurich Conference on concussion. Overall, the book is well organized and well laid out for easy reference, with the sections color coded on page edges and an easy-to-use index and table of contents. It also has a plethora of tables and charts to make finding needed information in a busy clinic practice setting easier.
This well-organized, point-of-care resource is a welcome addition to the current collection of books on musculoskeletal medicine. The lack of references somewhat detracts from the value for those who are working on providing evidence-based care. However, as a quick reference, it rivals The 5-Minute Sports Medicine Consult, 2nd edition, Bracker et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011), and The Sports Medicine Resource Manual, Seidenberg and Beutler (Elsevier, 2008).
Review Questionnaire
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1-10 Are the product's objectives met? 8
1-5 Does the website help achieve the purpose? 5
1-10 Rate the worthiness of those objectives. 10
1-5 Is this directed to an appropriate level? 5
1-5 Is there significant duplication? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 4
1-5 Are there significant omissions? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 3
1-5 Rate the authority of the authors. 3
1-5 Are there sufficient illustrations? 5
1-5 Rate the pedagogic value of the illustrations. 5
1-5 Are there sufficient references? 1
1-5 Rate the currency of the references. N/A
1-5 Rate the helpfulness of the index. 4
1-5 Rate the added value from the online version. 4
1-5 Is the online version easy to access? 3
1-5 Rate the ease of navigation/search. 4
1-5 Rate the pedagogic quality of images on the online version. 5
1-5 Rate the value of added audiovisual features online. 4
1-5 Is there sufficient use of hypertext links? 5
1-5 Are there hyperlinks from references to journal articles? 1
1-5 Is there appropriate use of features like bookmarking, printing/exporting? 4
1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 6
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? 10