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The Clinical Orthopedic Assessment Guide
     

The Clinical Orthopedic Assessment Guide

by Janice Loudon, Stephania Bell, Jane Johnston
 

The Clinical Orthopedic Assessment Guide is a handy, thorough reference for orthopedic clinicians who use manual therapy techniques in patient assessment. Information is presented in a concise, efficient format with more than 175 illustrations to facilitate understanding.

The book is divided into five parts and organized to make the same categories of

Overview

The Clinical Orthopedic Assessment Guide is a handy, thorough reference for orthopedic clinicians who use manual therapy techniques in patient assessment. Information is presented in a concise, efficient format with more than 175 illustrations to facilitate understanding.

The book is divided into five parts and organized to make the same categories of information pertaining to each joint both self-contained and easy to find. After explaining basic arthrokinematic and osteokinematic principles and defining terminology, the authors provide in-depth coverage of the head, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), vertebral column and neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, pelvis and hips, knees, ankles, and feet. Sections on each joint include information on
-type of joint;

-articulation, degrees of freedom, and active ranges of motion;

-capsular pattern, stability, loose and close-packed positions, and neurology around the joint;

-accessory movement assessment, surface palpatation, special tests, and differential diagnoses; and

-muscle origin, insertion, action, and innervation.
The Clinical Orthopedic Assessment Guide is the only comprehensive, easy-to-use reference that includes all the vital information needed to perform orthopedic assessments. It is an essential tool for all practitioners who use manual techniques for orthopedic assessments.

Editorial Reviews

Reviewer:Christopher James Hughes, PT,PhD,OCS,CSCS(Slippery Rock University)
Description:This brief guide to orthopedic clinical assessment procedures commonly used by the orthopedic therapist updates the 1998 first edition.
Purpose:The authors' purpose was to provide therapists with an inexpensive but pertinent reference that covers orthopedic patient assessment. They have made a deliberate attempt to simplify the writing and layout of the book to facilitate comprehension. In this regard the authors have achieved their intended purpose.
Audience:It is written primarily for clinical professionals who will be working in an outpatient orthopedic setting, including physical therapists and athletic trainers. The book can serve as a classroom text or as a review/reference for practicing therapists. The academic background and clinical experiences of the three authors enables them to write credibly on the subject.
Features:As is customary in an exam text, major joint structures of the spine and extremities are covered. Separate chapters are devoted to each major joint complex. In addition, two new chapters are dedicated to the pelvis and neurodynamics of the upper and lower extremities not included in the previous edition. One of the best features of the book is its easy to read format and the fact that the authors have used a standard template to present the material. Part one (chapters 1 -2) of the book covers basic biomechanical principles of joint testing and history taking. In each of the subsequent chapters (3-15) the authors present a brief overview of a specific body region and pertinent facts regarding clinical assessment such as patient positioning, end feels, capsular patterns, open and closed packed positions, range of motion, muscle actions, etc., along with special tests. The inclusion of clinical syndromes with tables of common signs and symptoms is a useful way to help readers integrate clinical findings into a working diagnosis. Chapters 16-18 focus on posture and gait and include a unique section on footwear and a nice review of running and stair climbing biomechanics. The final chapter (19) covers neurodynamic testing for the spine and extremities. Many of the figures are very clear but some of the photos demonstrating exam procedures are a bit small. However, the authors use special symbols in the upper right hand corner of the pages for each test and measurement to facilitate finding information easily as well as arrows indicating movement direction. Another plus is that many of the clinical tests are accompanied by sensitivity and specificity values from the literature to validate their use.
Assessment:Overall, the book can serve as a useful reference for clinicians practicing in an orthopedic setting. Users of the first edition may want to consider purchasing the second edition. There are other more comprehensive books on the market, such as Magee's Orthopedic Physical Assessment, 5th edition (Elsevier, 2008), but this book can serve a suitable reference because of its easy to read format and unique coverage of some of the topics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880115070
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Janice Loudon, PhD, PT, SCS, ATC is an assistant professor in physical therapy education at the University of Kansas Medical Center and also provides clinical services at the medical center's Sports Medicine Institute. A sports certified specialist and certified athletic trainer, Dr. Loudon earned her PhD in movement science and biomechanics at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1997, she completed a two-year program leading to certification in orthopedic manual therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

Stephania Bell, MS, PT is a clinical assistant professor in physical therapy education at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Bell teaches advanced orthopedics and provides clinical services at the medical center's Sports Medicine Institute. In 1997, she completed a two-year program leading to certification in orthopedic manual therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute. Bell is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and the American Physical Therapy Association.

The administrator of two therapy clinics, one in Kansas City and one in rural Missouri, Jane Johnston holds an advanced masters degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Manual Therapist. Johnston is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Back Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and Women's Health Section, the Orthopedic Section, APTA.

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