Editors: Frank A Cordasco, MD; and Daniel W. Green, MD
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer | Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins – 347 pages
Book Review by: Nano Khilnani

About 30 to 40 million children and youth aged 5 to 17 years old participate in various contact sports in the United States today, and the number of knee injuries among them – that the editors of this book Drs. Frank A. Cordasco and Daniel W. Green see daily – has been increasing, as they write in their Preface. The types of knee injuries that they and the other coauthors of this book have been seeing are typically of these types:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Patellofemoral instability and tears of the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL)
  • Osteochonditis dissecans (OCD) and other articular cartilage injuries
  • Discoid meniscus tears and fractures.

These have resulted in changing injury patterns requiring treatment by a large range of care providers.  To address this rise in knee injuries, the editors decided to develop this book.

Seventy-two medical specialists – orthopedic surgeons, pediatric and adolescent surgeons, professors of orthopedics and orthopedic surgery, physical and rehabilitation therapists, sports medicine specialists, and others in allied fields from all over the United States, and three other countries – Austria, Singapore, and South Korea – wrote the 41 chapters of this book. These are organized around six sections of this book, which are:

  1. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
  2. Patellofemoral Instability
  3. Osteochondritis Dissecans
  4. Discoid Meniscus
  5. Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Fractures
  6. Physis

The entire contents of the print edition are available for download as an eBook. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to http://solution.lww.com/access
  2. Enter the Access Code found on the inside front cover of this book
  3. Enter your information, click Submit, and follow the on-screen instructions to start reading your eBook

Your book purchase includes not only a complimentary download of the enhanced eBook for iOS, Android, PC and Mac, but also these features:

  •  Complete content with enhanced navigation
  • Powerful search tools and smart navigation cross-links that pull results from content in the book, your notes,  and even the web
  •  Cross-linked pages, references, and more for easy navigation
  •  Highlighting tool for easier reference of key content throughout the text
  •  Ability to take and share notes with friends and colleagues
  •  Quick reference tabbing to save your favorite content for future use

The primary purpose of this book is to give those involved in treatment, including athletic trainers, a current and comprehensive review of knee injuries in pediatric and adolescent athletes, and to enable them to provide state-of-the-art care to this category of young athletes.

Among the benefits you will derive from owning and using this book are:

  • Comprehensive coverage of the increasing numbers of pediatric and adolescent knee injuries commonly seen by orthopedic surgeons
  • Ste-by-step guidance on various methods of treating ACL injuries, patellofemoral instability, osteochondritis dissecans, discoid meniscus, epiphyseal injury and adolescent fractures, and growth plate surgery
  • More than 330 full-color illustrations that clearly depict the details of each procedure
  • A concise and relevant review of anatomy, imaging, and epidemiology.
  • Authoritative coverage of the specific issues in children and young adults that require a different approach from adult patients.

This book is both extensive and intensive in its coverage of knee injuries in younger patients and their treatment, including surgery. The material is organized well and there is an ample number of graphics to make for easier learning and quicker comprehension.



Frank A Cordasco, MD, MS is Co-Medical Director of Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory; Attending Orthopedic Surgeon in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery; and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Well Cornell Medical College in New York, New York.

Daniel W. Green, MD, MS, FAAP, FACS is Attending Orthopedic Surgeon in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery; and Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, New York.


Contributing Authors:

Jay C. Albright, MD; Allen F. Anderson, MD; Christian N. Anderson, MD; Morgan A. Anderson, MD; Sarah M. Baker, PT, DPT; Davietta C. Butty, BS; Henry G. Chambers, MD; Theresa A. Chiaia, PT, DPT; Ellie Ci-En Choi, MBBS; Elizabeth Cody, MD; Brian C. Cole, MD, MBA; Frank A. Cordasco, MD, MS; Polly de Mille, RN, RCEP, CSCS; Emily R. Dodwell, MD, MPH, FRCSC; Shevaun M. Doyle, MD; Eric W. Edmonds, MD; Peter D. Fabricant, MD, MPH; Donald E. Fowler III, MD.

Theodore J. Ganley, MD; Itai Gans, MD; Matthew R. Garner, MD; Elizabeth B. Gausden, MD; Christine M. Goodbody, MD; Brian Grawe, MD;  Jessica Graziano, PT, DPT, CSCS; Daniel W. Green, MD, MS, FAAP, FACS;  Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD; Jonathan D. Haskel, BS; William Henrikus, MD; Benton E. Heyworth, MD; Sarah Hobart, MD; Victor M. Hoh-Fung, MD; James H.P. Hui, MD; Carol W. Imhauser, PhD; Shari T. Jawetz, MD; Kristofer J. Jones, MD; Mininder S. Kocher, MD, MPH.

Hannah-Noemi Ladenhauf, MD; Lauren E. Lamont, MD; R. Jay Lee, MD; Scott J. Luhmann, MD; Alec A. Macauley, MD; Nathan A. Mall, MD; Robert G. Marx, MD, MSc, FRCSC; Stephanie W. Mayer, MD; Moira M. McCarthy, MD; Amy L. McIntosh, MD; Jordan D. Metzi, MD; James F. Mooney III, MD; Jacqueline Munch, MD; Jeffrey J. Nepple, MD; Benedict U. Nwachukwu, MD, MBA; George A. Paletta, Jr., MD; Gregory Pinkowsky, MD; John D. Polousky, MD; Hollis G. Potter, MD.

Ryan C. Rauck, BS; Scott A. Rodeo, MD; Brant Sachleben, MD; Gerd Scitlinger, MD; Parina H. Shah, MS; Yong-Woon Shin, MD, PhD; Beth Shubin Stein, MD; Aisling M. Toolan, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS; Samir K. Trehan, MD; Tyler J. Uppstrom, BA; Curtis D. VandenBerg, MD; Marcia Voigt, BA, Russell F. Warren, MD; Roger F. Widmann, MD; Keng Lin Wong, MRCS (Ed); Adam B. Yanke, MD.