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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael D Ross, PT, DHSc (United States Air Force)
Description: This is the third edition of a book committed to bringing fundamental orthopedic rehabilitation practice pattern changes to the education of physical therapist assistants. The first edition was published in 1997 and the second edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: The book focuses on the critical thinking and application of the physical therapy examination, development of treatment plans, and interventions that can be used by physical therapist assistants during orthopedic clinical practice. It is the editors' intent that this book remain focused on the scope of physical therapist assistant practice, rather than that of general orthopedic physical therapy.
Audience: It is designed for physical therapist assistants who practice in an orthopedic setting.
Features: The 16 chapters in the first four parts of the book discuss basic concepts of orthopedic management, tissue healing, common medications in orthopedics, and concepts relating to mobilization and biomechanics. The seven chapters in the next part take a regional approach to covering the spine, upper extremity, and lower extremity. Each of these chapters generally follows a similar format, with descriptions of common injuries, conservative and surgical management, and rehabilitation considerations in terms of therapeutic exercise and joint mobilization techniques. The last section of the book has three chapters on the management of rheumatic disorders and pain, as well an introduction to orthotics and prosthetics. Each chapter contains key terms, learning objectives, and review questions. Images, line drawings, and diagrams are routinely used to supplement the text, and up-to-date reference lists are provided at the end of each chapter. Additional helpful features include five quick-reference appendixes with information such as commonly used medications and reference ranges for medical laboratory tests, as well as access to online resources, such as critical thinking applications, review questions, animations, and links from the references to Medline.
Assessment: This book has moved from a single-author work to one with two editors managing multiple contributors who are experts in their respective areas. This approach has greatly enhanced this book, which is a valuable teaching text and a key resource for physical therapist assistants working in orthopedic settings. It is also well suited for use as the primary textbook for orthopedic physical therapist assistant courses.