Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists: Screening for Referral / Edition 4

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Following the standards for competency established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) related to conducting a screening examination, Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists, 5th Edition gives you a consistent way to screen for systemic diseases and medical conditions that can mimic neuromuscular and musculoskeletal problems. This comprehensive text centers on a 5-step screening model that covers past medical history, risk factor assessment, clinical presentation, associated signs and symptoms, and review of symptoms for each client.

5-Step screening model for differential diagnosis includes past medical history, risk factor assessment, clinical presentation, associated signs and symptoms, and review of symptoms.
Systems-based approach to the physical therapy screening interview provides a consistent way to screen for systemic disease and medical conditions that can mimic neuromuscular and musculoskeletal problems.
Three sections of content present material in a logical way that covers:

• An introduction to the screening process
• Viscerogenic causes of neuromusculoskeletal pain and dysfunction
• System origins of neuromusculoskeletal pain and dysfunction

Cognitive processing and reasoning orientation approach encourages you to gather and analyze data, pose and solve problems, infer, hypothesize, and make clinical judgments.
Case examples and case studies give real-world examples of hot to integrate screening information into the diagnosis process.
Screening tools in the book and on the Evolve companion website feature forms and checklists used in professional practice.
Introductory information on medical screening concepts set the stage for how screening is presented in the rest of the book.
Reference values for common clinical laboratory tests offer easy access to pertinent information references in a screening exam.
Red flag histories, risk factors, clinical presentation, signs and symptoms, helpful screening clues, and guidelines for referral bring your attention to the important information a therapist needs to be aware of during the screening process.

NEW! Full-color design, photos, and illustrations clearly demonstrate pathologies and processes.
NEW and UPDATED! Evolve resources include printable screening tools and checklists, practice test questions, and more to enhance your learning.
NEW! Hot topics keep you informed on rehabbing patients in the dawn or more current surgeries.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Hughes, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: The title accurately describes this book and the audience for whom it is written: it will enable physical therapists to recognize the presence of a medical condition that requires appropriate referral. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide physical therapists with the evaluative tools to effectively screen for medical conditions and refer to physicians for further evaluation. As the field of physical therapy moves toward an expanded role in healthcare, this book is timely and has quickly become an essential text in most physical therapy curricula. The book is an excellent representation of the authors' objectives.
Audience: Physical therapy students will find this book essential in preparing them to face the realities of clinical practice. In addition, experienced clinicians in an outpatient or inpatient setting will also find it to be a great resource. The authors target both groups effectively with their writing.
Features: Three major sections comprise this 18-chapter text. Section one covers the interview process and a thorough discussion on pain. Section two uses a systems approach and chapters address each organ system and various disease processes that can refer to the neuromusculoskeletal system. The third section, greatly expanded from the previous edition, is divided into chapters by body regions. Additional resources include four major appendixes and a CD-ROM that contains ready to print intake forms and animations to reinforce the screening process. (The CD-ROM is easy to preview and does not require installation of files on the computer hard drive.) A separate section provides answers to practice test questions which appear throughout the book and numerous case studies reinforce comprehension of the material. Illustrations are particularly well done.
Assessment: This book continues to deliver valued information in a practical manner to the target audience. The upgrades in the fourth edition place it among the best in this area. Even if readers already have the third edition, the fourth edition is a good investment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721606194
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/14/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 944
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Section One: Introduction to the Screening Process

1. Introduction to Screening for Referral in Physical Therapy

2. Interviewing As a Screening Tool

3. Pain Types and Viscerogenic Pain Patterns

4. Physical Assessment as a Screening Tool

Section Two: Viscerogenic Causes of Neuromusculoskeletal Pain and Dysfunction

5. Screening for Hematologic Disease

6. Screening for Cardiovascular Disease

7. Screening for Pulmonary Disease

8. Screening for Gastrointestinal Disease

9. Screening for Hepatic and Biliary Disease

10. Screening for Urogenital Disease

11. Screening for Endocrine and Metabolic Disease

12. Screening for Immunologic Disease

13. Screening for Cancer

Section Three: Systemic Origins of Neuromusculoskeletal Pain and Dysfunction

14. Screening in the Head, Neck, and Back

15. Screening in the Sacrum, Sacroiliac, and Pelvis

16. Screening in the Lower Quadrant: Buttock, Hip, Thigh, Groin, and Leg

17. Screening in the Chest, Breast, and Ribs

18. Screening in the Shoulder and Upper Extremity


A. Screening Summary

B. Special Questions to Ask

C. Special Forms to Use

D. Special Tests to Perform

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