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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James A Sliwa, DO (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This is a collection of papers describing the use of pressure algometry in soft tissue pain syndromes. The content of these articles addresses proper technique of application, reliability in diagnosis, and use of pressure algometry in assessing effectiveness of treatment in specific pain syndromes.
Purpose: The purpose is to facilitate the use of pressure algometry for research and patient management into several medical specialties and to assist readers in the diagnosis and treatment outcomes of difficult soft tissue syndromes.
Audience: This book is written for the physician whose practice is primarily devoted to the management of soft tissue pain syndromes.
Features: The content includes a discussion of the basics of pressure algometry, its role in the diagnosis of certain soft tissue pain syndromes, and its use to assess treatment outcomes in specific conditions. Topics not typically covered in texts on pain management are addressed in this book, including a thorough discussion on the basics of pressure algometry. One shortcoming is the format — a collection of articles gives the sense of reading a journal rather than a textbook with specific areas of content to be covered.
Assessment: This book is a valuable addition to the library of those practitioners who provide care to patients with soft tissue pain syndromes. It provides a basic discussion on pressure algometry for those with limited knowledge in the area and looks at its role in commonly treated pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain.