Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes / Edition 1

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Authored by an acknowledged expert on muscle and movement imbalances, this well-illustrated book presents a classification system of mechanical pain syndrome that is designed to direct the exercise prescription and the correction of faulty movement patterns. The diagnostic categories, associated muscle and movement imbalances, recommendations for treatment, examination, exercise principles, specific corrective exercises, and modification of functional activities for case management are described in detail. This book is designed to give practitioners an organized and structured method of analyzing the mechanical cause of movement impairment syndrome, the contributing factors, and a strategy for management.

* Provides the tools for the physical therapist to identify movement imbalances, establish the relevant diagnosis, develop the corrective exercise prescription and carefully instruct the patient about how to carry out the exercise program.
• Authored by the acknowledged expert on movement system imbalances.
• Covers both the evaluation process and therapeutic treatment.
• Detailed descriptions of exercises for the student or practitioner.
• Includes handouts to be photocopied and given to the patient for future reference.

Authored by an acknowledged expert on movement system imbalances, this well-illustrated book presents a strong preventive element and holistic approach. The alterations in muscle function and in movement underlying each diagnosis are discussed at length. Covers how to perform the specific MSB exam to identify imbalance, in addition to exercise principles and specific corrective exercises and modifications in functional activities for case management.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Hughes, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This book covers the principle concepts of human movement, the recognition of abnormalities to human movement, the pathologies and impairments that can result from disruption of normal movement, and strategies to return to normalcy. It also contains pictures, graphs, an index, and excellent, easy to follow exercise descriptions for clinical use.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a scientific foundation behind recognizing and correcting movement impairment syndromes that are commonly seen in a variety of clinical settings.
Audience: This book is written for practicing clinicians in a variety of physical therapy settings. The author is a distinguished educator, clinician, and advocate for physical therapy. She is well respected and a true authority on the topic
Features: The book contains a review of concepts important to understanding and observing human movement. It is organized into chapters that encapsulate common movement impairments of certain anatomical regions. The author calls on physical therapists to be active observers of their patients' movement. In observing aberrations to typical movement, the therapist can then prevent the perpetuation of symptoms and influence the patient's outcome. The book can be used as a guide for therapists in identifying these aberrations of movement and offering treatment strategies to correct them.
Assessment: The strength of this book lies not only in its uniqueness but also its simplicity. The book is founded upon steadfast physical therapy principles well illustrated by Kendall's work in identifying impairments related to muscle length and strength imbalances. In a time where specific and sensitive special tests are the cornerstone of an accurate assessment, this book calls for therapists to revisit one of their most useful tools, the power of observation. As a result, this book becomes clinically relevant for all disciplines of physical therapy including pediatrics, neuro rehab, and muscloskeletal and orthopedic specializations. The book is clearly written and the illustrations, case studies, and index of exercises are very clinically helpful. The weakness of the book is that it's very hard to objectify these findings and there is little peer-reviewed evidence to support the author's contentions. Overall, this is a strong contribution to our profession. The chapters on the hip, lumbar spine, and shoulder girdle offer outstanding insight and can be very helpful in successfully identifying and treating common diagnoses.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801672057
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/18/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 321,544
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Concepts and Principles of Movement System Balance Chapter Three: Imbalances of the Trunk and Low Back Movement Impairment Syndromes Chapter Four: Lower Extremity Imbalances and Hip Impairment Syndromes Chapter Five: Upper Extremity Imbalances and Shoulder Impairment Syndromes Chapter Six: Examination for Muscle and Movement Imbalances of the Lower Quarter, the Trunk, and the Shoulder Girdle Chapter Seven: Exercise Descriptions for the Practitioner Chapter Eight: Exercise Handouts for the Patient Chapter Nine: Case Studies
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