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Physical therapy textbook features Gundersen Health System Sports Medicine experts

Postsurgical Orthopedic Sports Rehabilitation Knee & Shoulder is the only book on postoperative care, healing and rehabilitation of sports injuries specific to the knee and shoulder. Gundersen Health System Sports Medicine played a part in its creation. 'Rob Manske is the editor of the book," says Kristen Brinks, MS, PT, ATC, Sports Medicine. "Rob spent a year as a physical therapy resident at Gundersen Sports Medicine. He found our team to be a valuable asset then and came to us when he set out to publish a textbook."

Manske used Gundersen physical therapists and other well-known experts in the field as resources. Suzanne Tanner, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine; Bradley Fowler, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine; and George Davies, PT, ATC, Sports Medicine, were also authors of the textbook along with Brinks. "It is the only book to focus specifically on postsurgical guidelines for successful rehabilitation of the knee and shoulder for sports patients," says Brinks. Coverage includes basic concepts related to soft tissue healing as well as core concepts in sports medicine rehabilitation.

Other authors were previous Sports Medicine employees including Jason Jennings, Dan Kraushar, Bob Schulte and J.W. Mathison. Nikki Konzem, a current sports rehabilitation tech, was used as a model in many of the pictures for the textbook.

Each of the chapters begins with a detailed description of the history behind the given surgical procedure and follows with details regarding exactly how the surgery has been performed. Most chapters have teamed one or more rehabilitation clinician with an orthopedic surgeon so both the critical aspects of the surgical procedure and the post-operative rehabilitation can be discussed in detail.

The goal of the book is to offer anyone working in the field of rehabilitation a look in to the latest surgical and post-surgical treatment methods for two of the most fascinating and complex joints in the musculoskeletal system, the knee and shoulder. "It is an honor to be asked to be a part of a publication of this magnitude," says Brinks. "Now that we have seen the finished product, we are all even more honored to be a part of it."

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