Reviews

Anatomy for Problem Solving in Sports Medicine: The Back

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for a person to seek healthcare advice and the second most common reason for sick leave. Back injuries, therefore, have not only a personal impact on the injured person, but also a significant economic effect

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for a person to seek healthcare advice and the second most common reason for sick leave. Back injuries, therefore, have not only a personal impact on the injured person, but also a significant economic effect.

This book offers a review of the normal and pathoanatomy of the back. It will serve as a handy reference guide for any professional with an interest in sports medicine, such as students of this specialism and emergency department clinicians.

Two caveats, however: the text does not cover foundational anatomy and, because it assumes prior knowledge, would not suit undergraduate learners.

While the authors – an anatomist and a sports physiotherapist – explain the various pathologies, they do not sub-classify them into injuries requiring intervention or not, nor do they discuss treatment modalities for any of the injuries. There is also scant mention of the sacroiliac joint, which is a source of pain in the lower back and buttocks in up to 21% of the population.

One of the book’s best features is its the numerous graphics, detailed diagnostic imaging scans, anatomical models and illustrations to demonstrate the normal and pathoanatomy, which greatly enhance the content, even though many are poorly labelled.

The book is easy to read and would act as a valuable companion to a more comprehensive text. The book would be particularly suitable for students preparing for objective structured clinical exams.

This article is for subscribers only

Jobs