October 2004 Bulletin

New products put focus on neck pain, pediatric fractures

New publications in the Monograph Series—including a new type of Monograph, Complications in Orthopaedics—are the latest additions to the Academy’s educational offerings. Both are designed to answer your questions, improve your skills and help you stay informed.

Neck Pain

Edited by Jeffrey Fischgrund, MD, Neck Pain is a concise, comprehensive examination of the pathophysiology of neck pain and flexion-extension injuries. Dr. Fischgrund, a spine surgeon at Michigan’s Beaumont Hospital, says that about a third of his patients come to him for this problem alone.

The prevalence of neck pain among adults is high; nearly everyone experiences it at some point. Neck pain affects adults of all ages and both sexes; 25 percent to 30 percent of the U.S. population report activity limitations secondary to cervical spinal conditions.

Neck pain can be caused by or associated with trauma, cervical sprain, cervical spondylosis, cervical radiculopathy, cervical myelopathy, systemic inflammatory disorders, infections and neoplasms. Patients may develop neck pain insidiously with no precipitating trauma, or from whiplash caused by motor vehicle rear-end collisions. Initially, they may have no symptoms, but complaints of pain may develop and continue for days or months.

“The book goes well beyond the diagnostic or cervical nature of neck pain,” says Dr. Fischgrund. Neck Pain begins with the epidemiology and clinical evaluation of neck pain and includes coverage of imaging studies for acute and chronic neck pain. One section covers the diagnosis and treatment of whiplash; another focuses on the pharmacologic management of chronic neck pain.

Other topics covered in the monorgraph include:

“There are a lot of red flags involved with neck pain,” said Dr. Fischgrund. “This book helps physicians identify what they are.” The audience isn’t limited to physicians; any health professional who has patients with neck pain—including orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, pain management specialists, family practitioners, internists and chiropractors—will benefit from this text.

To order your copy of Neck Pain or to reserve your copy of the next Monograph (Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis)—$40 for AAOS members and residents and $50 for others—go online to http://www.aaos.org/products or call (800) 626-6726.

Complications in Orthopaedics

Pediatric Upper Extremity Fractures is the second in the Academy’s new Complications in Orthopaedics series—a new, case-based type of Monograph. Edited by Charles T. Price, MD, chief orthopaedic surgeon at the Orlando (Fla.) Nemours Children’s Clinic, this text explores the development, treatment and prevention of common complications associated with upper extremity fractures in children.

Each chapter is an in-depth case study—from initial radiographs, diagnosis and treatment to management of the specific complication. The book also discusses how to recognize the problem, how to identify patients and situations that pose a high risk, and how to prevent the complication. Each case is richly illustrated with clinical photographs and radiographs.

Topics covered include: phalangeal fracture malunion, ulnar growth arrest after distal radius and ulna fracture, malunited forearm fractures, Monteggia fracture malunion, lateral condyle fracture nonunion, irreducible radial neck fractures, supracondylar humerus fracture with malunion, supracondylar humerus fracture with neurovascular compromise and irreducible fracture of the proximal humerus.

This text provides a convenient one-stop refresher course for the latest revision procedures and options. Step-by-step, highly visual case presentations make Complications an effective instructional aid. To order your copy of Pediatric Upper Extremity Fractures—$40 for AAOS members and residents and $50 for others—go online to http://www.aaos.org/products or call (800) 626-6726.

Subscribe and save

Save an additional $5 by subscribing to the Monograph Series—and receive about five new titles every year, including two Complications titles. Subscribing to the Monograph Series is a terrific way to build your resource library. Call (800) 626-6726 for details.

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