Functional Neurorehabilitation Through the Life Span / Edition 1

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Designed for physical therapist assistant students and anyone working in the rehabilitation of patients with neurologic damage, this easy-to-use textbook focuses on the framework for neurorehabilitative patient treatment. Placing an emphasis on the scientific and clinical practice, it offers problem-solving instruction on how and where to begin, and how to ensure that the interventions will be meaningful to individuals with neurologic damage. It examines the evolving knowledge of basic sciences, neurology, and neurophysiology, and translates these into treatment ideas for patients throughout the life span. The text presents "best practice" insights, made clinically meaningful and easily applicable to patient care.

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Reviewer: Barbara Jean Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, MS, GCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This book focuses on the rehabilitation of individuals with neurological problems. The science behind neurorehabilitation is presented before management of neurology-related problems.
Purpose: The purpose is "to provide an integrated approach to basic neuroscience and applied neurorehabilitation" for entry-level practitioners in both physical therapy and occupational therapy. These objectives are commendable especially when addressing the educational needs of the physical therapist assistant or occupational therapist assistant. This book meets much of the needs of the entry-level assistant in the areas of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurorehabilitation.
Audience: According to the author, the book is written for entry-level practitioners in both occupational therapy and physical therapy. It seems to be most appropriate primarily for student physical therapist assistants and student occupational therapist assistants. It also may be of benefit for the therapist of either profession who is returning to the field or who has clinical expertise in areas other than neuromuscular disorders. The author is a credible authority on the topic and has over 28 years of clinical and/or teaching experience.
Features: There are two parts. Part I includes an historical review of neurorehabilitation and covers neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, motor control, and motor development. Part II addresses the clinical management of common clinical problems including motor learning, functional movement, balance, and impaired upper and lower extremity problems. A real strength of the book is the writing; it is descriptive and demonstrates the author's love of her clinical experiences. The illustrations and photography complement the text well. The author strives to show the clinical relationship between the professions of occupational therapy and physical therapy. Other unique features include the clinical connections and case studies.
Assessment: The author has written a valuable text for entry-level assistant students in both occupational therapy and physical therapy. I am unaware of other books on the market for this population and the assistant educator must often rely on textbooks written at the therapist level. Areas not covered in the text that would be valuable for a second edition include neurorehabilitation in areas including spinal cord injury, degenerative diseases, dementia, and assessment.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803611078
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 730,899
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Science Behind the Art of Patient Treatment

1. The Role of Occupational and Physical Therapy in Neurorehabilitation

2. The Essentials of Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology: A Neurorehabilitation Application Approach

3. A Life Span Approach to the Systems That Produce Human Movement

4. Life Span Motor Development

Part 2: An Integrated Clinical Approach to the Management of Common Clinical Problems

5. Motor Learning Through the Life Span

6. Neurorehabilitation Intervention Approaches

7. Clinical Management of the Primary Neuromuscular Impairments That Interfere with Functional Movement

8. Management of Disorders of Postural Control and Balance

9. Management of the Impaired Upper Extremity

10. Management of Impaired Lower Extremity Function

Case Studies



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