Dutton's Orthopaedic Examination Evaluation and Intervention / Edition 3

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A complete evidence-based textbook and reference for physical therapy students and practitioners

Dutton’s Orthopaedic Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention provides you with a systematic, logical approach to the evaluation and intervention of the orthopedic patient. Comprehensive and up-to-date, Dutton’s strikes the perfect balance in its coverage of examination and treatment.

For any intervention to be successful, an accurate diagnosis must be followed by a carefully planned and specific rehabilitation program to both the affected area and its related structure. This approach must take into consideration the structure involved and the stage of healing. Dutton’s Orthopaedic Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention emphasizes the appropriate use of manual techniques and therapeutic exercise based on these considerations. The correct applications of electrotherapeutic and thermal modalities are outlined throughout as adjuncts to the rehabilitative process.

The content reflects the consistent, unified voice of a single author – a prominent practicing therapist who delivers step-by-step guidance on the examination of each joint and region. This in-depth coverage leads you logically through systems review and differential diagnosis, aided by decision-making algorithms.


  • NEW full-color illustrations of anatomy and treatment and evaluation procedures
  • Review Q&A for each chapter
  • Companion DVD includes 500 illustrative video clips
  • Chapters updated to reflect the latest research and treatment techniques
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Amanda M Blackmon, PT, DPT, OCS (Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences)
Description: This is a comprehensive book on the examination, evaluation, and treatment of orthopedic physical therapy patients. This update, coming four years after the previous edition, shows improvement in organization, updated information, and better quality images and photos.
Purpose: The author sets out to "provide the reader with a systematic and logical approach to the examination and intervention of the orthopedic patient." This book is comprehensive in nature and can supplement other books in the physical therapy student's or clinician's library. The book is successful in that it incorporates multiple approaches to both examination and intervention, while aiming for evidence-based information.
Audience: It is intended for physical therapy students, yet its breadth and depth make it useful to even the most experienced orthopedic clinicians.
Features: The first of the book's six sections covers basic anatomy and foundational science of injury and tissue. The chapter on the nervous system is especially comprehensive and clinically useful. Section 2 addresses the examination and evaluation tools to be used for the whole patient, and covers system review, history taking, gait, posture, and imaging. Section 3 addresses a wide variety of intervention strategies, ranging from pharmacology and manual therapy to neurodynamics and goal-specific therapeutic exercises. Section 4 addresses the extremities, and each chapter thoroughly covers the region, including anatomy, biomechanics, test and measures, comprehensive exam techniques, key findings for determining diagnosis and prognosis, a summary of causes for dysfunction, comprehensive intervention strategies (including therapeutic exercise), and a review of treatment progressions for joint-specific practice patterns. A similar pattern is followed in section 5 for the spine and TMJ. The final section considers special populations, including pediatric, geriatric, and pregnant/postpartum patients. The DVD that comes with the book is not comprehensive with regard to manual therapy techniques or therapeutic exercises and, thus, not very practical. The physical size of the book is daunting. A 2-volume version with online supplemental material may have been more practical.
Assessment: This can be an important addition to a physical therapy curriculum, and will augment other books, including those on musculoskeletal assessment, therapeutic exercise interventions, and special tests. It will be useful for physical therapy students and experienced clinicians. The third edition is an improvement on the previous two, providing more evidence-based practice information, clinical pearls, and a more user-friendly organization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071744041
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/18/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1496
  • Sales rank: 110,847
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Dutton, PT is a practicing physical therapist at West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

1. The Musculoskeletal System
2. Tissue Behavior, Injury, Healing, and Treatment
3. The Nervous System

4. Patient/Client Management
5. Differential Diagnosis
6. Gait and Posture Analysis
7. Imaging Studied in Orthopaedics

8. The Intervention
9. Pharmacology for the Orthopaedic Physical Therapist
10. Manual Techniques
11. Neurodynamic Mobility and Mobilizations
12. Improving Muscle Performance
13. Improving Range of Motion and Flexibility
14. Improving Neuromuscular Control
15. Improving Cardiovascular Endurance

SECTION IV: The Extremities
16. The Shoulder
17. Elbow
18. The Forearm, Wrist, and Hand
19. Hip
20. The Knee
21. The Ankle and Foot

22. Vertebral Column
23. The Craniovertebral Region
24. Vertebral Artery
25. The Cervical Spine
26. The Temporomandibular Joint
27. The Thoracic Spine
28. Lumbar Spine
29. The Sacroiliac Joint

30. Special Populations
Solutions for Review Questions

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012


    This is a very large book but has lots of great information for the soon-to-be physical therapists out there.

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