Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians / Edition 1

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When all you need is a basic understanding of goniometry and manual muscle testing, supplemented by concise and illustrative examples of techniques, look to Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians for quick and at- your -fingertips facts. Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing by Lynn Van Ost is a descriptive quick reference that provides the rehabilitation professional with a very basic approach to various techniques. Organized in a "head-to-toe" format and with over 400 photographs, Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing takes user-friendly and efficient learning to a new level. This handbook is unique in that it takes the information published inside Cram Session in Goniometry and Cram Session in Manual Muscle Testing and combines them into one succinct resource. Readers will enjoy the benefits of both of these books, now in one compact and affordable format. What is in your "Cram Session":
• In the Goniometry section, subdivisions are broken down into type of joint, capsular patterns, average range of motion for each movement, patient positioning, goniometric alignment, alternative methods of measurement, and patient substitutions.
• In the Manual Muscle Testing section, subdivision are broken into the specific movement to be tested, average range of motion, prime movers of the movement, the secondary movers, the anti-gravity subject position, gravity minimized subject position, stabilization and grades, substitutions for the movement, and points of interest for that particular muscle group. Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians is an informative, well-organized handbook for all students and clinicians in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, orthopedics or any allied health professional who treats musculoskeletal disorders.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Amisha Klawonn, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT (A. T. Still University)
Description: The first five sections of this user-friendly manual focus on goniometry, while the last two tackle manual muscle testing.
Purpose: It is intended as a standalone quick reference on goniometry and manual muscle testing. It meets the author's objectives to create a compact summary of musculoskeletal examination.
Audience: The book is written primarily for physical therapists, athletic trainers, and occupational therapists, and the author states that "it would be at home on the office shelf of any health care provider who performs musculoskeletal examination." However, healthcare providers who have not had previous training in goniometry or manual muscle testing would find it difficult to follow when performing a musculoskeletal examination because it does not cover the theories, validity, or reliability for either. Similarly, students should be aware that it lacks specifics in the manual muscle testing section. The author has written two previous books on each topic.
Features: The sections on goniometry cover cervical spine, upper extremity, thoracic and lumbar spine, lower extremity and temporomandibular joint, and the sections on manual muscle testing cover the neck and upper extremities and the trunk and lower extremities. The eight appendixes detail general procedures for goniometric and manual muscle testing measurements, commonly used terms, normal range of motion values, anatomical zero, a key to manual muscle testing grading, and factors that may cause measurement error. The black-and-white photos of each of the goniometric measurements and manual muscle testing positions are well done and easy to follow. In the goniometry section, the type of joint, capsular pattern, normal ROM values, patient position, goniometer alignment, stabilization, and substitutions are presented on each page. The manual muscle testing section covers primary and secondary movers, the specific movement to be tested, stabilization, and grading. Each grade of testing (0-5) is presented with a figure, concise directions on testing, and common substitutions for the manual muscle test. An unusual feature of the book is that the muscle tests are arranged by primary movement, not by muscle. For example, elbow flexion lists the prime movers as biceps brachii, brachialis, and brachioradialis, but the manual muscle test covers elbow flexion primarily for biceps brachii without alternate positions available to test specifically for brachioradialis. The book's arrangement makes it difficult to find a specific measurement or MMT without going to the index. The sections are quite large, covering multiple joints in each segment. The book would be easier to follow if each joint were tabbed individually for goniometry and manual muscle testing. While the black-and-white photos are excellent, color photos would be easier to follow. Also, the manual muscle testing section describes only one method to test all of the prime and secondary movers without details for specific testing of each muscle.
Assessment: Readers looking for a new manual to replace an outdated version or who just need a reference on the shelf, this would make a good and useful addition. However, readers who already own a muscle testing book and a goniometry book, this is a less detailed duplicate of those. I would recommend this book for clinicians, specifically physical and occupational therapists, searching for a general resource to have in the clinic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617116209
  • Publisher: Slack, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 400,375
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Van Ost, MEd, RN, PT, ATC, graduated in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Chester State College, West Chester, PA; National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) certified in athletic training in 1984; graduated in 1987 from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, with a master’s degree in sports medicine/athletic training; and received a second bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1988 from Temple. In addition to treating the general orthopedic population as a physical therapist, she has worked with both amateur and professional athletes and has more than 11 years of experience as an athletic trainer working with Olympic-level elite athletes at numerous international events, including the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic games. She currently works as the Director of Physical Therapy for University Orthopaedic Associates in Somerset, NJ.
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Table of Contents

About the Author 

Section I: Cervical Spine  
The Cervical Spine  

Section II: Upper Extremity  
Scapulothoracic Joint  
The Shoulder (Glenohumeral Joint)  
The Elbow (Humeroulnar and Humeroradial Joints)  
The Forearm (Radioulnar)  
The Wrist (Radiocarpal and Intercarpal Joints)  
The Fingers—Digits II to V (Metacarpophalangeal Joints) 
The Fingers—Digits II to V (Proximal Interphalangeal Joints)  
The Fingers—Digits II to V (Distal Interphalangeal Joints)  
The Thumb (Carpometacarpal Joint)  
The Thumb (Metacarpophalangeal Joint)  
The Thumb (Interphalangeal Joint)  

Section III: Thoracic and Lumbar Spine  
The Thoracolumbar Spine  

Section IV: Lower Extremity  
The Hip  
The Knee (Tibiofemoral Joint)  
Tibial Torsion  
The Ankle  
Subtalar Joint (Hindfoot)  
Transverse Tarsal (Midtarsal) Joint  
The First Toe (Metatarsophalangeal Joints)  
The First Toe (Interphalangeal Joint)  
The Four Lateral Toes (Metatarsophalangeal Joints) 
The Four Lateral Toes (Proximal Interphalangeal Joints)  
The Four Lateral Toes (Distal Interphalangeal Joints)  

Section V: Temporomandibular Joint  
The Temporomandibular Joint 

Section VI: Neck/Upper Extremities  
Fingers II to V  

Section VII: Trunk/Lower Extremities  
Great Toe  
Toes II to V 

Appendix A: General Procedure for Goniometric Measurement  
Appendix B: Commonly Used Terms in Goniometry  
Appendix C: Normal Range of Motion Values in Adults  
Appendix D: Anatomical Zero  
Appendix E: Key to Manual Muscle Grading  
Appendix F: General Procedure for Manual Muscle Testing 
Appendix G: Commonly Used Terms in Manual Muscle Testing  
Appendix H: Factors That May Cause Inaccurate Muscle Testing  


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