Peripheral Nerve Injuries in the Athlete

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Peripheral Nerve Injuries in the Athlete By Joseph Feinberg and Neil Spielholz

© 2002
Book 280 pages
ISBN-13: 9780736044905

Product Description

A thorough understanding of peripheral nerve injuries (PNIs) is necessary for clinicians who manage the medical care of athletes and decide when an athlete may return to competition. This comprehensive, detailed text will help you identify PNIs in their earliest stages and prevent the complications that can develop when these injuries are not diagnosed and treated correctly.

Peripheral Nerve Injuries in the Athlete, featuring contributions from leading sports medicine physicians, is aimed at teaching you the necessary skills for early recognition of neurological deficit as a result of sport injury. You’ll gain an understanding of basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of neurologic injury and recovery; which PNIs are associated with what sport; and available diagnostic procedures, their limitations, and when they should be ordered.

Peripheral Nerve Injuries in the Athlete is designed to show you how to accurately diagnose PNIs and how to understand the difference between movements inherent in sport activities and movements resulting from injury. Part I of the book includes six chapters devoted to the anatomy, etiology, and diagnosis of PNIs that can affect athletes (including “industrial athletes”); and part II focuses on the prevention and rehabilitation of PNIs.

The text also provides information on

physiology of nerve injury;

regeneration and recovery;

the role of electrodiagnostics in diagnosis and treatment; and

the role of bracing, orthotics, and the biomechanical modifications in preventing injury and reinjury.
Helpful case reports are included in part I to illustrate how you can apply what you’ll learn to real-life situations. In addition, tables listing innervations of peripheral muscles and joints act as ready references in discerning which muscles and nerves should be addressed during rehabilitation.

Peripheral Nerve Injuries in the Athlete is a comprehensive resource that will provide you with the necessary foundation for detection, diagnosis, management, and treatment of PNIs.



Part I. Anatomy, Etiology, and Diagnosis

Chapter 1. Pathophysiology of Peripheral Nerve Injuries and the Role of Electrodiagnostics
Scott Nadler, DO, Joseph H. Feinberg, MD
Mechanisms of Nerve Injury
Classification of Nerve Injuries
Regeneration and Recovery of Nerve Function
Electrodiagnostic Testing

Chapter 2. Cervical Radiculopathies, Brachial Plexopathies, and the Burner Syndrome
Joseph H. Feinberg, MD, Neil Spielholz, PhD
Cervical Radiculopathies
Brachial Plexopathies
The Burner/Stinger Syndrome

Chapter 3. Proximal Upper-Extremity Nerve Injuries
Joseph H. Feinberg, MD, Jay Bowen, DO
Brachial Plexopathies
Spinal Accessory Neuropathy
Dorsal Scapular Neuropathy
Long Thoracic Neuropathy
Suprascapular Neuropathy
Axillary Neuropathy
Musculocutaneous Neuropathy

Chapter 4. Distal Upper-Extremity Nerve Injuries
Scott Nadler, DO
Median Nerve
Ulnar Nerve
Radial Nerve

Chapter 5. Lumbar Radiculopathies
Steve Geiger, MD, Gregory E. Lutz, MD
The Lumbar Degenerative Cascade
Key Clinical Findings and Diagnostic Tests
Operative Versus Nonoperative Treatment
Stages of Rehabilitation

Chapter 6. Lower-Extremity Nerve Injuries
Lisa S. Krivickas, MD
Neuropathies of the Lumbar Plexus
Neuropathies of the Sacral Plexus

Part II Prevention and Rehabilitation

Chapter 7. General Principles of Peripheral Nerve Injury Rehabilitation
Brian A. Davis, MD
Rehabilitation Goals
Treatment Modalities
Treatment of Acute, Complete, Incomplete, and Chronic Injuries

Chapter 8. Rehabilitation of Upper-Extremity Nerve Injuries
Gerard A. Malanga, MD, Robert Savarese, MD
Median Nerve Injuries
Ulnar Nerve Injuries
Radial Nerve Injuries
Musculocutaneous Nerve Injuries
Axillary Nerve Injuries
Long Thoracic Nerve Injuries
Suprascapular Nerve Injuries

Chapter 9. Rehabilitation in Radiculopathies and Lower-Extremity Peripheral Nerve Injuries
Brian A. Davis, MD
Femoral Neuropathy
Obturator Neuropathy
Superior Gluteal Neuropathy
Inferior Gluteal Neuropathy
Tibial Neuropathy
Peroneal Neuropathies
Sciatic Neuropathy
Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Neuropathy
Saphenous Neuropathy
Sural Neuropathy
Medial and Lateral Plantar Neuropathies
Digital Neuropathies
Pudendal Neuropathy


A reference for team physicians, general practitioners, internists, orthopedists, neurologists, physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic and personal trainers, exercise physiologists, and nurses who work with athletes.
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