Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review (Issue 1 Editorial)
There is a parallel explosion of interest in sports medicine among family practitioners and primary care physicians, as evidenced by the recent creation of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
As recently as 1980, most surgeons were removing torn menisci through open arthrotomy. Now, meniscal tears are being treated exclusively by arthroscopic surgery. Over one-third of all orthopedic procedures currently performed in the United States and Canada are arthroscopic. In the United States alone, there are >14,000 orthopedic surgeons performing arthroscopy.
Technology is advancing so rapidly that it is difficult for the clinician to keep pace with it. Articles reporting these advances are being disseminated through an ever growing number of journals, both nationally and internationally, but the average clinician does not have the time to hunt them down. Orthopedic residents also would relish a consolidated source of key articles.
We perceive a need for a new review journal that assembles key articles under 1 cover and that provides an in-depth analysis of 1 important current topic. The structure of these review articles will consist of a topic background, methods of treatment, an analysis of results, and a view of the topic’s future. In most cases, we will ask a distinguished practitioner to serve as Guest Editor for each issue. We, along with the Guest Editor, will then select 8 to 10 articles that cover the subject thoroughly. When appropriate, basic science articles will be included, and each issue will also feature several color illustrations.
The 4 issues planned for 1993 were The Use of Allografts in Knee-Ligament Surgery, Meniscal Repair, Shoulder Instability/Anterior Stabilization, and Impingement and Rotator Cuff Tendinitis in the Throwing Athlete. Future subjects include treatment of posterior cruciate ligament injuries, the use of lasers in arthroscopy, and AIDS issues in sports medicine. We will attempt to keep the subjects both current and interesting and present them in as broad and unbiased a manner as possible.