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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.