Examination of the Shoulder: The Complete Guide

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With DVD containing narrated footage of examination techniques

The complex structure of the shoulder, with its variable pathological conditions of rotator cuff disease, degenerative joint disease, and Type II SLAP lesions, makes clinical examination and assessment difficult for both new and experienced practitioners. With this text you will gain a full understanding of shoulder anatomy and the principles of physical shoulder examination and the nature and presentation of the pathological processes causing shoulder pain.

This text discusses range of motion measurements, laxity testing, shoulder instability and presents critical analysis of the usefulness and accuracy of examination practices. Thorough and accessible, this text is ideal for all clinicians called upon to perform shoulder exams and interpret findings.

An accompanying DVD contains narrated footage of the examination techniques described in the text for easy comprehension and review. You will also find examples of abnormal findings and biomechanical models demonstrating the complexity of shoulder motion. No orthopedic surgeon, orthopedic resident, physical therapist, athletic trainer, or specialist treating the shoulder should be without this outstanding text and DVD.

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Editorial Reviews

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This is an excellent text that describes the clinical examination of the shoulder. The text is comprehensive, well illustrated and referenced, and contains excellent tables that summarize past and current research related to shoulder tests and measures. An excellent DVD contains narrated footage of the examination techniques that demonstrates normal and abnormal findings. I strongly recommend this text to healthcare professionals who are directly involved in the clinical evaluation and treatment of patients with shoulder conditions.—Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy The content is well organized and information is presented in a clear and concise manner. The author does a good job of integrating clinical experience with the relevant literature to provide a practical clinical perspective on tests and measures. Physical therapists and occupational therapists who treat this patient population will find this book a worthwhile reference.—Physical TherapyA comprehensive textbook enhanced by the inclusion of a DVD that demonstrates all the tests and examination techniques described. [The book] will certainly make the reader more informed on shoulder pathology and its assessmentA wonderful, complete compendium...Dr. McFarland is a master educator who can make even complex topics easy to understand for his audience...the best single book I have read on...shoulder examination.—Doody's Book Reviews
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Reviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book aims to do two things: be a complete handbook of shoulder examination and to provide a critical evaluation of how we approach and optimize our shoulder examination. It is a wonderful, complete compendium including the scientific and historic facets of a complete shoulder examination beginning with foundational principles and continuing through range of motion testing, motor testing, and specific examinations for unique pathologies.
Purpose: The goal of providing a comprehensive reference that all physicians, ranging from primary care to orthopedic shoulder specialists, can use to optimize their examination is admirable and one would think a difficult task. Dr. McFarland has done a remarkable job of presenting an easy to read, well organized book on the shoulder exam which will be of great benefit to the students, residents, primary care physicians, orthopedic surgeons, and shoulder specialists who read it.
Audience: Ed McFarland is Professor and Vice Chairman of Orthopedics and Director of the Shoulder Service at the world renowned Johns Hopkins University. More importantly, Dr. McFarland is a master educator who can make even complex topics easy to understand for his audience. He is an excellent clinical diagnostician who has found this means to share his physical exam skills and knowledge to a broad audience.
Features: The book's chapters cover topics ranging from foundational principles to specific targeted diagnoses such as impingement and rotator cuff disease, instability, and SLAP lesions. It is an easy read and quick reference to specific diagnoses. The images (and accompanying CD-ROM) are highly effective in making the exam techniques reproducible for the audience. If I had one wish, it would be to have the black-and-white pictures in color. This is only a minor shortcoming and does not decrease the effectiveness of the message and techniques.
Assessment: This is the best single book I have read on the topic of the shoulder examination. Dr. McFarland should be commended for creating a book which should be read by every orthopedic resident and would be a great benefit to all physicians who examine shoulders including students, primary care, rehabilitation medicine, and orthopedic physicians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588903716
  • Publisher: Thieme
  • Publication date: 3/22/2006
  • Edition description: Book+DVD
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,189,045
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne H. Lewis Professor, Orthopaedics and Shoulder Surgery; Vice-Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Lutherville, MD, USA

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