Management of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders: Physical Therapy Principles and Methods / Edition 4

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The fundamental textbook of orthopedic physical therapy is now in its thoroughly updated Fourth Edition. This new edition presents a "how-to" approach focusing on the foundations of manual therapy. More than 1,200 illustrations and photographs demonstrate therapeutic techniques. Extensive references cite key articles, emphasizing the latest research.

Reflecting current practice standards, this edition places greater emphasis on joint stabilization techniques and the role of exercise. Coverage includes new material on soft tissue manipulations and myofascial evaluation. This edition also features case studies covering real-life practice scenarios.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Gordon Riddle, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS (North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: This is a well justified fourth edition that provides updates and new information in the management of patients with common musculoskeletal disorders. The previous edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: This book was written to provide an update of current concepts of many musculoskeletal disorders often observed in a clinical setting. The authors have done a good job of reorganizing the text and providing quality updates.
Audience: Practitioners and students interested and specializing in orthopedics and the musculoskeletal system are the intended audience. The authors provide high quality, credible information.
Features: This edition includes four new chapters and reorganizes the information to be more user friendly. It also has 600 new photographs, more illustrations, and highlights proper treatment techniques of common musculoskeletal disorders seen in clinical practice.
Assessment: This book provides quality information comparable to other texts in the field (Brotzman and Wilk, Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitaion, 2nd edition (Mosby, 2003), and Donatelli and Wodden, Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, 3rd edition (Saunders, 2001)). It offers excellent complementary information and serves as a reference for professionals examining, evaluating, and treating patients with musculoskeletal disorders. The updates justify replacing the previous edition.
Daniel J. Cipriani
This is the third edition of a well-accepted textbook related to the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. It once again focuses on discussions related to pain, soft tissue and peripheral joint trauma, and injuries to the spine. Also included are areas related to manual therapy treatments and properties of soft tissue injury and repair. The purpose is to provide a foundation for designing creative and appropriate therapeutic programs for musculoskeletal problems. The authors also intend to provide the reader with sufficient skill information to conduct comprehensive musculoskeletal screenings and evaluations. A wide range of professionals can benefit from this book, including students in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant programs. Also, family practice physicians and chiropractic physicians will find this book useful as a quick reference. This third edition includes well-drawn illustrations and black-and-white photos to support the text. Radiographs are also provided to assist the reader with descriptions of certain pathologies of the spine and skeletal system. The bibliographies at the end of each chapter are extensive and up-to-date. The table of contents is well organized and descriptive of each section and chapter. This is a well organized, thorough overview of evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. This third edition is especially beneficial with its addition of sections describing soft tissue injury and repair. The presentation of evaluation procedures effectively guides the reader through a problem-solving approach for joint and spine examination. This text is strongly recommended for the student involved inphysical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant programs. Practicing clinicians may also find this book helpful as a ready reference to supplement their practice procedures.
Text/reference deals with the non-surgical treatment of disorders in patients who are not so badly off as to require surgical intervention. Contains information on principles of examination, concepts of management, and techniques of treatment. Kessler's name is first on the previous edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781736268
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Edition description: Fourth
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 860,537
  • Product dimensions: 10.56 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Basic Concepts and Techniques

Chapter 1: Properties of Dense Connective Tissue
Chapter 2: Wound Healing: Injury and Repair of Dense Connective Tissue
Chapter 3: Arthrology
Chapter 4: Chronic Pain Management in the Adult
Chapter 5: Assessment of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Concepts of Management
Chapter 6: Introduction to Manual Therapy
Chapter 7: Myofascial Considerations and Evaluation in Somatic Dysfunction
Chapter 8: Soft Tissue Manipulations
Chapter 9: Relaxation and Related Techniques
Chapter 10: Functional Exercise

Part II: Clinical Applications-Peripheral Joints

Chapter 11: The Shoulder and Shoulder Girdle
Chapter 12: The Elbow and Forearm
Chapter 13: The Wrist and Hand Complex
Chapter 14: The Hip
Chapter 15: The Knee
Chapter 16: The Lower Leg, Ankle and Foot
Chapter 17: The Temporomandibular Joint

Part III: Clinical-The Spine

Chapter 18: The Spine-General Structure and Biomechanical Considerations
Chapter 19: The Cervical Spine
Chapter 20: The Thoracic Spine
Chapter 21: The Cervicothoracic-Upper Limb Scan Examination
Chapter 22: The Lumbar Spine
Chapter 23: The Sacroiliac Joint and the Lumbar-Pelvic-Hip-Complex
Chapter 24: The Lumbosacral Joint and the Lumbar-Pelvic-Hip-Complex
Chapter 25: Case Studies


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