Joint Range of Motion and Muscle Length Testing / Edition 2

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Learn the best ways to accurately measure range of motion and muscle length with this thoroughly updated new edition. Logically organized and easy to follow, this practical text provides accurate and up-to-date information on norms for range of motion in all age groups, as well as the reliability and validity of each technique. The techniques detail measurement of both joint range of motion and muscle length testing of the spine and extremities using the goniometer, the inclinometer, and the tape measure. An effective combination of instructions, illustrations, and layout for each technique allows you to easily understand and follow the information provided. In addition, a new DVD demonstrates each measurement technique contained in the book!
  • Each chapter uses the same format for each technique, allowing you to quickly and easily identify the information you need.
  • Hundreds of photos and illustrations clearly depict the various techniques and landmarks.
  • Evidence-based information throughout includes the latest data on ROM normative values and reliability /validity studies.
  • Figures have easy-to-find dots that serve as anatomical markers, providing a fast visual reference for exactly where to place the measuring device.
  • Complete coverage of the tape measure, goniometer, and inclinometer prepare you to use any tool in the clinical setting.
  • The companion DVD contains video clips demonstrating over 100 measurement techniques.
  • A new chapter on infants and children covers specific techniques used in measuring range of motion in children, with a particular emphasis on the measurement of joint motion in infants.
  • 70 new line drawings help you align the goniometer or other tools accurately.
  • Increased coverage of techniques for measuring the motions of the extremities using the inclinometer.
  • Reorganized and updated information in each chapter incorporates the latest references and testing techniques, and includes descriptions of the arthrokinematics and functional range-of-motion requirements for each joint.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michelle Layton, DPT, OCS, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT (Bethesda Physiocare)
Description: This book describes testing techniques for joint range of motion and muscle length testing, while a companion DVD demonstrates the techniques. This is an update of the 2002 edition.
Purpose: The purpose was to improve upon the first edition, providing clinicians and students with a more comprehensive manual. The addition of the DVD and a chapter on pediatric range of motion, as well as updating the literature, all help to achieve this goal.
Audience: The book is designed to be used by students and clinicians who are required to take range of motion measurements and test the length of muscles. Because the book covers testing of the spine, upper extremities, and lower extremities, it is primarily geared towards those in the physical therapy profession.
Features: Sections covers joint range of motion and muscle length testing of the upper extremities, lower extremities, and the head, neck, and trunk and conclude with a chapter detailing the reliability and validity of testing of each body segment. Chapters use the same format to enable readers to easily go through the material. The DVD and the line drawings clarify how each procedure is done, which is helpful for students learning this for the first time. An appendix at the end of the book includes sample recording forms and normative values for range of motion in adults for the spine and extremities. Although each chapter has a sufficient amount of references, the one weakness of the book is that several of the references are well over 10 years old, and the latest editions of some books are not used, despite being published within at least the last two years. However, even with this weakness, the book still offers a well-structured format that is easy to follow for performing joint and muscle length testing.
Assessment: Overall, this is a good update of the previous edition, especially with the addition of the DVD, the chapter on pediatric range of motion, and the changes in graphics. Even though the references in the book are older, the technique of range of motion testing has not changed significantly over the years. Therefore, the book is still a good contribution to the field and useful, especially for students.
From the Publisher

"This book provides a wealth of information regarding the theory and practice of evaluating joint motion and muscle length. Because of this text’s comprehensiveness and its easy to read format, it would be a useful resource for students, novice and experienced clinicians, particularly physiotherapists, occupational therapists and medical practitioners." Joint Range of Motion and Muscle Length Testing January 2010

"[The book] if read through and through for the area of the body of interest, will give an informed and well-documented overview of the procedures for measuring that part of the anatomy, and the reliability and validity of those measures." PMG, 2010 Vol. 27:1

"One of the most comprehensive range of motion and muscle length texts on the market... a great reference text for a busy orthopedic practice."

Physical Therapy Reviews, March 2011

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416058847
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 4/29/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 375,496
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1: Measurement of Range of Motion and Muscle Length: Background, History, and Basic Principles

2: Measurement of Range of Motion and Muscle Length: Clinical Relevance

3: Measurement of Range of Motion of the Shoulder

4: Measurement of Range of Motion of the Elbow and Forearm

5 Measurement of Range of Motion of the Wrist and Hand

6: Muscle Length Testing of the Upper Extremity

7: Reliability and Validity of Measurements of Range of Motion and Muscle Length Testing of the Upper Extremity

8: Measurement of Range of Motion of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

9: Measurement of Range of Motion of the Cervical Spine and Temporomandibular Joint

10: Reliability and Validity of Measurement of Range of Motion for the Spine and Temporomandibular Joint

11: Measurement of Range of Motion of the Hip

12: Measurement of Range of Motion of the Knee

13, Measurement of Range of Motion of the Ankle and Foot

14: Muscle Length testing of the Lower Extremity

15: Reliability and Validity of Measurements of Range of Motion and Muscle Length Testing of the Lower Extremity

16: Measurement of Joint Motion in Infants and Children NEW!

Appendix A: Sample Data Recording Forms

Appendix B: Normative Range of Motion for the Extremities and Spine in Adults

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