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From The CriticsReviewer: Timothy John McMahon, MPT (Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences)
Description: This book represents the latest effort to describe movement system syndromes of the cervical and thoracic spines and extremities, from the perspective of the kinesiopathological model and concepts of staging based on tissue impairments. This is a companion to the author's Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes (Elsevier, 2002) and an update of concepts. The previous book covered movement impairment syndromes of the lumbar spine and pelvis, hip, and shoulder girdle.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to describe parts of the movement system and processes that result in musculoskeletal pain syndromes, promote the importance of using diagnostic labels for movement system dysfunction, develop an appreciation for movement system syndromes as a part of a progressive condition related to lifestyle, describe the importance of alignment and movement patterns of painful regions, describe the effect of movements of other body regions on painful areas, and to promote monitoring the development and function of the movement system throughout the life span.
Audience: The book is written for students, residents, and experienced clinicians in physical therapy. It is most appropriate for clinicians and healthcare practitioners who work with patients/clients who have musculoskeletal dysfunction. The authors are the originators of the movement system impairment philosophy and model.
Features: The authors introduce broader concepts and updates underlying movement system syndromes and a method of staging rehabilitation. The rest of the book deals with the specific movement systems of the cervical and thoracic spine, hand and wrist, elbow, knee, and foot and ankle. Each chapter follows a consistent format: introduction of constructs, alignment considerations, normal movements and muscle actions, movement system syndromes identified with specific descriptions, special tests, and treatment of each syndrome. Each chapter concludes with a case study including history, alignment, movement analysis, diagnosis and staging, treatment, and functional instructions. Each movement syndrome has a helpful summary of findings and key concepts in an adjoining appendix. Readers also have access to additional resources online with links to video simulations, end of chapter references linked to Medline, and printable versions of the appendixes. The book includes color photos of all of the movement system syndromes and excellent figures of complex concepts.
Assessment: This is excellent resource for all clinicians and healthcare practitioners who deal with patients with musculoskeletal system problems. This book summarizes the large body of work developed by Dr. Sahrmann and her associates and is an important contribution to the care of these patients. The format of this book is an improvement over the author's previous book.