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From The CriticsReviewer: Tiffany K. Frickert, PT, SCS, ATC (South Bay Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center )
Description: This book addresses the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder impairments by following the APTA's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, 2nd Edition (APTA, 2001). It uses musculoskeletal patterns of practice and outcomes as they relate to the shoulder.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guideline for rehabilitation of the shoulder in accordance with the practice patterns of the Guide to Practice. Although there are many books on the evaluation and treatment of the shoulder, none have addressed the shoulder based on specific impairments and the treatment that follows based on the grouping of selected impairments.
Audience: The book is written for the physical therapist, occupational therapist, athletic trainer, clinician, and student. Because this book bases its evaluative criteria on the APTA's guidelines, it would most benefit the physical therapist. The authors are different for each chapter, all of them are credible, and many of them are well known in the field of physical therapy.
Features: A review of anatomy and biomechanics is the introduction to this book. It proceeds to cover the diagnosis of the shoulder on an impairment-based model. Treatment and functional outcomes conclude the book. Pictures are used where necessary and tables help to summarize the information. The cadaver pictures should have included arrows to point to specific structures.
Assessment: Although there are several books that cover the same topics in this book, none to this point have done so based on the APTA's Guide to Practice. The book is helpful to currently practicing clinicians for the purpose of introducing the new system of classifying impairments. It follows that treatment is based upon the findings, and it allows a focus on outcomes, which are a determining factor in treatment and reimbursement.