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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeff Yaver, PT (Kaiser Permanente)
Description: This update of a book on the evaluation and treatment of the upper and lower extremities and the spine also includes access to additional content online. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide evidence-based information on the evaluation and treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. This is an important update as the research continues to evolve and should be incorporated into practice. The authors meet their objectives, covering the latest research with a team of 89 contributors who are experts in their areas.
Audience: The audience is physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, family practitioners, athletic trainers, chiropractors, and others who treat patients with musculoskeletal disorders. This audience is appropriate, regardless of a practitioner's experience level.
Features: The book covers the evaluation and treatment of injuries to the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee, foot, and ankle. Specific injuries and fractures have their own sections, which makes it easy to find information on a particular disorder. The arthritic lower extremity, spinal disorders, and special topics related to the lower extremities complete the book. Excellent anatomical illustrations and photographs demonstrate different fractures, anatomy, and exercises. The online resources include the full text as well as supplemental videos and links to PubMed abstracts.
Assessment: This edition provides up-to-date information on orthopedic rehabilitation as well as helpful online resources organized in a way that allows for quick reference. This update is warranted by the wealth of research that has occurred since the 2003 edition.