Confused by all the knee injury acronyms like MCL, LCL or PCL? Don’t know the difference between a frozen shoulder, a SLAP tear or impingement syndrome?
We love our bodies and we’re the ones who live with them for a lifetime, but sometimes our knees and shoulders catch up with us, especially if we have active lives. At that first twinge of pain in these areas we are prone to panic, imagining months and months of surgeries and subsequent insurance hits.
If you are in this situation, a book you might have overlooked but one you should consider consulting during knee and shoulder injuries, or just for learning about damage prevention, is A Knee and Shoulder Handbook for All of Us: Injuries in Children, Adults, and What to Do Next.
Co-authors Alan M. Reznik, MD, and Jane Y. Reznik have finally written a useful, yet very personal guide for any of us who have suffered knee or shoulder problems. In its medical thoroughness with educational photographs and a well-defined glossary, this book should be right at your side if you’ve ever dealt with the dreaded ACL or rotator cuff tear. You’ll learn about RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) and other modes of prevention and healing.
One big issue that arises with knee and shoulder issues is the fear of what you might actually have. Is it a torn meniscus, water on the knee or ligament injury? Maybe it’s a tibial plateau fracture? Is my shoulder dislocated or is it torn cartilage in the shoulder (known as a SLAP tear)?
You’re in good hands with the Rezniks here as they help you see all the subtle bodily differences. You have a doctor’s expertise balanced with a conversational and caring tone that really makes this the ultimate knee and shoulder injury bible, putting you in some very good hands to keep you informed through the process.
While aimed mostly at adults, the initial chapter on children can turn this into preventative health maintenance for the entire family. Our knees and shoulders won’t last forever, but this medially educational book could heighten your awareness and teach you how to take care of these problematic areas of the body and learn ways to possibly prevent future injuries.
Given the heightened level of participation of children in sports these days and their injuries like greenstick fractures, it is not a bad idea to start discussions about knees and shoulders as early as possible. Make it a family thing.
by Mark Damon Puckett