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From The CriticsReviewer: Michelle Finnegan, DPT, OCS, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT(Bethesda Physiocare)
Description: This is a consolidated, quick reference on orthopedic physical therapy extracted from the author's 1,800 page Orthopaedic Assessment, Evaluation and Intervention, 2nd edition (McGraw-Hill, 2008).
Purpose: The book is designed to enable novice readers to review foundational information such as anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics, and more experienced clinicians to easily reference a specific condition or test related to a particular patient. The author has done a very good job of consolidating the essential information from the main textbook in a handy lightweight book that is easy to carry and will be useful in the clinic or at home.
Audience: It is intended for practicing clinicians as well as physical therapy students. As clinicians gain experience, there is a tendency to develop a specialty within orthopedics. This book is a great tool for experienced clinicians to use when they treat patients with conditions they do not see as often. It is also well organized and formatted to make it easy for any user to look up information very quickly.
Features: The first of the book's two sections covers the fundamental aspects of orthopedic physical therapy, while the second section has individual chapters that focus on different body regions, e.g. the hip and lumbopelvic complex. Each of these chapters is formatted the same way for easy navigation through the material. Chapters start with an anatomy review, then move on to examination and evaluation procedures, treatment interventions, and, finally, common conditions for that region. This format reinforces material specific to conditions without making readers go through multiple resources looking for needed information. Important clinical points are bulleted for quick and easy reading. Numerous color tables and boxes throughout the chapters highlight pertinent information and clinical pearls. The only shortcoming is that many of the references are from before 2000.
Assessment: Overall, this is a great contribution to orthopedic physical therapy. As a quick reference, it provides a considerable amount of information in a concise and easy to follow format for clinicians of any level of experience..