Back Pain and Spinal Manipulation: A Practical Guide

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With its origins as essentially a textbook on manipulation for doctors, the new edition of the book will continue to be of use to GPs, Orthopaedic Physicians, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Overview

With its origins as essentially a textbook on manipulation for doctors, the new edition of the book will continue to be of use to GPs, Orthopaedic Physicians, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Dana J. Lawrence
This book describes several manual physical medicine procedures used for treating problems in all areas of the spine. It begins with a chapter describing general concepts, emphasizing diagnosis as well as three separate approaches: mobilization, manipulation, and muscle energy technique. The remaining three chapter discuss the cervical spine and upper limb, thoracic spine and chest wall, and lumbosacral spine and lower limb; for each chapter, clinical features are described first, and then the main part of each chapter is an exposition of techniques used for treatment. This text grew out of a need for rural practitioners in Australia to have information using conservative means to treat and manage musculoskeletal conditions, especially spinal problems. It is the result of a request to develop a national course on back pain and spinal manipulation, as originally presented in the journal, Australian Family Physician. It is a reference text for students and practitioners that has as its primary aim the presentation of a diagnostic approach to back pain and its treatment by physical modalities. The audience is primarily rural practitioners in Australia, but because that is a small market it will also appeal to medical manipulators and physiatrists, physical therapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors. Students will find this more useful than practitioners will because it is relatively basic in approach and content. The text contains a large number of high-quality photographs and line drawings that help to illustrate the delivery of each physical technique. These are also used to demonstrate key concepts. Each chapter takes the approach of first discussing clinical matters before describing thevarious forms of technique used to treat those clinical problems. I think this does a good job of presenting an overview of the various forms of therapy it describes. I do think that students will find such a book particularly helpful. The authors were trained by two leading medical manipulators, Robert Maigne and James Cyriax, and their approach does show signs of their mentors. There is no real mention of chiropractic manipulation, even though chiropractors are acknowledged masters in this subject, and there are no citations to chiropractic literature. I consider this a significant omission. As a result, the book will appeal less to that profession.
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"... this is a well-balanced book combining both the theoretical and practical aspects of treatment and examination of the spine. It follows a clear, logical, uncluttered format and is easy to read. It would be valuable for any undergraduate or newly-qualified physiotherapists as it successfully brings together the different philosophies commonly used by clinicians. It has some practical ideas for teachers in this field too. It would be useful as a reference book for general practitioners with its step-by-step approach to the thorough physical examination of the spine."

Manual Therapy (1998) 3(2) 112-114

"This is an excellent textbook, which will help readers to become acquainted with the diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders and the whole range of functional treatment modalities. It provides a better understanding of axial pain syndromes and reflex mechanisms, and advances various treatment options."
Acta Orthopaedica Belgica, Vol. 65 - 2 - 1999

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Reviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: This book describes several manual physical medicine procedures used for treating problems in all areas of the spine. It begins with a chapter describing general concepts, emphasizing diagnosis as well as three separate approaches: mobilization, manipulation, and muscle energy technique. The remaining three chapter discuss the cervical spine and upper limb, thoracic spine and chest wall, and lumbosacral spine and lower limb; for each chapter, clinical features are described first, and then the main part of each chapter is an exposition of techniques used for treatment.
Purpose: This text grew out of a need for rural practitioners in Australia to have information using conservative means to treat and manage musculoskeletal conditions, especially spinal problems. It is the result of a request to develop a national course on back pain and spinal manipulation, as originally presented in the journal, Australian Family Physician. It is a reference text for students and practitioners that has as its primary aim the presentation of a diagnostic approach to back pain and its treatment by physical modalities.
Audience: The audience is primarily rural practitioners in Australia, but because that is a small market it will also appeal to medical manipulators and physiatrists, physical therapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors. Students will find this more useful than practitioners will because it is relatively basic in approach and content.
Features: The text contains a large number of high-quality photographs and line drawings that help to illustrate the delivery of each physical technique. These are also used to demonstrate key concepts. Each chapter takes the approach of first discussing clinical matters before describing the various forms of technique used to treat those clinical problems.
Assessment: I think this does a good job of presenting an overview of the various forms of therapy it describes. I do think that students will find such a book particularly helpful. The authors were trained by two leading medical manipulators, Robert Maigne and James Cyriax, and their approach does show signs of their mentors. There is no real mention of chiropractic manipulation, even though chiropractors are acknowledged masters in this subject, and there are no citations to chiropractic literature. I consider this a significant omission. As a result, the book will appeal less to that profession.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780409492590
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/28/1989
  • Pages: 420

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Sect. 1 General Concepts 1
1 Patterns of spinal pain 3
2 A diagnostic approach to spinal pain 14
3 The concept of irritability 39
4 Mobilisation and manipulation 47
5 Muscle energy therapy 60
6 Safety guidelines 66
Sect. 2 The Cervical Spine and Upper Limb 81
7 Neck pain and related clinical features 83
8 Pain in the shoulder and upper limb 100
9 Examination of the cervical spine and shoulder 109
10 Mobilisation of the cervical spine 134
11 Muscle energy and muscle stretching therapy 150
12 Manipulation of the cervical spine 160
13 Other treatment methods for the cervical spine and shoulder 180
14 The cervical spine: case histories and management problems 190
Sect. 3 The Thoracic Spine and Chest Wall 209
15 Thoracic back pain and chest wall pain 211
16 Examination of the thoracic spine 230
17 Mobilisation of the thoracic spine 242
18 Manipulation of the thoracic spine 251
19 Patient education and exercise programmes for the thoracic spine 273
20 The thoracic spine: case histories and management problems 276
Sect. 4 The Lumbosacral Spine and Lower Limb 291
21 Low back pain: clinical features 293
22 Pain in the buttock, hips and legs 314
23 Examination of the lumbosacral spine 324
24 Mobilisation of the lumbar spine 354
25 Sacro-iliac joints: clinical features, examination and treatment 373
26 Muscle energy techniques for the lumbar spine 387
27 Manipulation of the lumbar spine 394
28 Treatment plans, exercises and injection techniques for the lumbosacral spine and hip girdle 414
29 The lumbosacral spine: case histories and management problems 435
Bibliography 453
Index 461
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