Clinical Guide to Musculoskeletal Palpation

Clinical Guide to Musculoskeletal Palpation

by Michael Masaracchio, Chana Frommer
     
 
Enhanced by photos and medical art that demonstrate palpation techniques of bony and soft tissue structures of the musculoskeletal system, this text assists students and health care professionals in learning the surface palpation techniques required for working in the manual therapy professions.

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Enhanced by photos and medical art that demonstrate palpation techniques of bony and soft tissue structures of the musculoskeletal system, this text assists students and health care professionals in learning the surface palpation techniques required for working in the manual therapy professions.

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Reviewer: Justin G Schaedle, PT, DPT, OCS (Butler County Physical Therapy)
Description: This clinical guide outlines the procedures for palpating musculoskeletal structures relevant to physical therapy practice, along with appropriate anatomical and physiological background information.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to assist students and healthcare professionals in becoming experts in surface palpation techniques. Their goal was to develop a comprehensive, user-friendly, and clinically oriented guide to enhance the skills of healthcare professionals who are in any of the disciplines that require palpation. While this book does briefly review relevant anatomy and kinesiology concepts, the authors encourage readers to review these concepts as a prerequisite to using this palpation guide.
Audience: The authors suggest the audience includes the many practitioners who may use palpation, including physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, physicians, physician assistants, athletic trainers, occupational therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and students in these fields.
Features: After an introductory chapter, each of the remaining 10 chapters covers a specific area of the body. These chapters include sections on functions of the body area, bony anatomy, soft tissue anatomy, neurovascular anatomy, and palpation, as well as case studies. The most extensive section in each chapter is on palpation. Each palpation area includes a photo, lists information on patient and clinician positions, and simple instructions. It also includes some "Notes" or "Clinical Pearls," which provide brief information on related literature, studies, or clinical significance.
Assessment: The value of skillful palpation is unquestioned among physical therapists; therefore the information in this book is essential for PT practice. The presentation is clear, concise, and easy to follow. In addition, the background anatomical information is at an appropriate level and is equally as relevant in learning palpation skills. Although the vast majority of pertinent structures are covered, I would like to see the book expanded slightly if it is to be used in the orthopedic arena. I also would have liked to see greater detail and information on the clinical significance of each structure. Overall, however, this serves as a nice manual for those learning or refreshing their palpation skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781450482318
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
05/08/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
21 MB
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“The value of skillful palpation is unquestioned among physical therapists; therefore the information in this book is essential for PT practice. The presentation is clear, concise, and easy to follow.”

--Doody’s Book Review

Meet the Author

Michael Masaracchio, PT, PhD, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT, is an associate professor and coordinator of the anatomy lab in the department of physical therapy at Long Island University in Brooklyn. He is board certified in orthopedics and sport physical therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association. A long-time practicing physical therapist, he is currently the senior staff physical therapist at Masefield Cavallaro Physical Therapy, where he specializes in the examination and treatment of orthopedic and sport-related pathologies. In addition to completing his manual therapy fellowship from Regis University, Dr. Masaracchio has been reappointed to the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for the sport physical therapy examination. He has published a randomized clinical trial in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (March 2013) on the use of thoracic spine thrust manipulation in the management of mechanical neck pain. Dr. Masaracchio has also coauthored two other articles, one on the management of medial collateral ligament injury of the knee in a 13-year-old soccer player (International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, May 2009) and a review article on the causes and prevention of pediatric and adolescent sports injuries (Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, July 2008).

Chana Frommer, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, RISPT, CCI, is an adjunct associate professor in the department of physical therapy at Long Island University in Brooklyn. She is board certified in orthopedics and sports by the American Physical Therapy Association. A long-time practicing physical therapist, she is currently a clinical director at All Seasons Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy, where she specializes in the examination and treatment of orthopedic and sport-related pathologies. Dr. Frommer has recently been reappointed to the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for both the orthopedic and sports physical therapy examinations and is a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist. She is also certified as a clinical instructor (CCI) from the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as an instructor and mentor for physical therapy students during their clinical rotations. Dr. Frommer has been the lead author on a case study that addressed the management of a medial collateral ligament injury of the knee in a 13-year-old soccer player (International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, May 2009) as well as a review article on the causes and prevention of pediatric and adolescent sports injuries (Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, July 2008).

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