Nearly 350 illustrations of examination and treatment techniques This book presents a complete guide to treating patients with cartilage damage who are not yet candidates for joint arthroplasty. Cartilage Injury in the Athlete opens with review of anatomy and describes the response of articular cartilage to injury, followed by the clinical assessment of the injury. It covers nonoperative and operative approaches as well as the adjunctive procedures that often supplement cartilage restorative and repair surgery. Nearly 350 illustrations facilitate the understanding of examination and operative techniques. The text also addresses joint specific injuries in the shoulder, elbow, and ankle that are often neglected in other literature. Highlights: Provides a thorough overview of normal cartilage anatomy and cartilage response to injury that helps illuminate treatment techniques and healing processes Demonstrates surgical treatments using step-by-step illustrations Covers nonoperative techniques including analgesics, oral anti-inflammatory medications, neutraceuticals, and hyaluronic acid injections/viscosupplementation Describes adjunctive procedures, such as meniscal transplant and corrective osteotomy Discusses future directions in the detection and treatment of cartilage injuries Both comprehensive and unique in its scope, this book is an invaluable resource for all orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine and primary care physicians, physical therapists, and fellows and residents in training.

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