Muscles: Testing and Function, with Posture and Pain / Edition 5

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This renowned classic provides unparalleled coverage of manual muscle testing, plus evaluation and treatment of faulty and painful postural conditions. The thoroughly updated Fifth Edition is completely reorganized and has new, expanded treatment and exercise sections in each chapter. Other features include a new section on post-polio syndrome, additional case studies comparing Guillain-Barré to polio muscle tests, a new full-color design, and a first-of-its-kind chart of upper extremity articulations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Brian T. Larsen, MS, DPT (Utah State University College of Education & Human Services)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive orientation to the history, importance of, and proper procedure in performing muscle testing and function for both pathologic and normal populations. The fourth edition was published in 1993.
Purpose: The purpose of the fifth edition is to follow a more logical order in each chapter than earlier editions to describe each region of the body from head to toe. Another purpose is to add new drawings, charts, photographs, and color to augment the information in the book and facilitate the learning process. The objectives of the authors are worthy in that new and more direct ways of organizing and presenting information facilitate the learning process and make it easier to refer to quickly in a clinical situation.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for practitioners. In my opinion, it is appropriately written for practitioners in orthopedic and neurological settings, as well as for students. The author is a highly credible authority in the field of muscle testing and function.
Features: In addition to the normal population, the book covers particular pathologies and how muscle function and testing are subsequently affected/related. The individual regions of the body are addressed from head to foot, explaining how to properly position and perform strength testing to isolate particular musculature. This edition has done a particularly good job of addressing posture in detail and gives good clinical descriptions. Of particular note is the information presented on various pathologies such as polio, scoliosis, etc., with suggested readings. Unique features are the color charts, photographs, and artistic renditions of isolated human musculature, which add aid learning and aesthetic beauty.
Assessment: The fifth edition provides a logical format for understanding muscle testing and function and adds helpful charts and photographs to augment the learning process which make it an easy clinical reference. This edition is justified because it contains additional chapters in order to present a more comprehensive explanation for each region of the human body and to give a more detailed explanation of various pathologies.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781747806
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Edition description: Fifth, North American Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 121,745

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fundamental Concepts

Chapter 2: Posture

Section I: Fundamentals of Posture
Section II: Postural Alignment
Section III: Postural Examination
Section IV: Posture of Children
Section V: Scoliosis

Chapter 3: Head and Face

Section I: Innervation
Section II: Facial and Eye Muscles
Section III: Muscles of Deglutition

Chapter 4: Neck

Section I: Innervation and Movements
Section II: Neck Muscles
Section III: Neck Muscle Tests
Section IV: Painful Conditions
Section V: Treatment

Chapter 5: Trunk and Respiratory Muscles

Section I: Trunk
Section II: Abdominal Muscles
Section III: Painful Conditions of Low Back
Section IV: Muscles of Respiration

Chapter 6: Upper Extremity and Shoulder Girdle

Section I: Innervation
Section II: Hand, Wrist, Forearm, and Elbow
Section III: Shoulder
Section IV: Painful Conditions of Upper Back
Section V: Case Studies

  • Case 1: Radial Nerve Lesion
  • Case 2: Radial, Median, and Ulnar Nerve
  • Case 3: Probable C5 Lesion
  • Case 4: Lateral and Medial Cord
  • Case 5: Spinal Nerve and Muscle Chart
  • Case 6: Stretch Weakness Superimposed on a Peripheral Nerve Injury

Chapter 7: Lower Extremity

Section I: Innervation
Section II: Joint Movement
Section III: Muscle Strength Tests
Section IV: Painful Conditions

  • Case 1: Peroneal Nerve Injury
  • Case 2: Lumbosacral Nerves
  • Case 3: L5 Lesion
  • Case 4: Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Case 5: Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Case 6: Polio

Appendix A: Spinal Segment Distribution to Nerves and Muscles
Appendix B: Isolated Paralysis of the Serratus Anterior Muscle

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

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    A book that has stood the test of time.

    Now in its 5th edition, this book has become "thee" muscle testing book to have. Who's it for? Anyone who has a need to be able to MANUAL muscle test any of the body's muscles. This would include such professionals as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, etc. <BR/><BR/>How does the book work? Well, you look up the particular muscle you want to test, look at the picture of the test position, and then simply apply manual pressure to the limb in the instructed direction. If it sounds easy, it is the way this book shows you- included are dozens and dozens of GREAT pictures that show you precisely what to do. So, if you have a need to regularly test muscles, I highly recommend you get this book- it's a little bit more expensive than some of the other muscle testing books, but its the best I've come across so far- in fact it sits right on my desk for reference. Health professionals might also be interested in The Sixty-Second Motivator to help get clients motivated to do their home exercise programs consistently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    The bible of muscle testing.

    I first became acquainted with this book in school. It was among several muscle testing books recommended, although we did not have to buy it. I later got a copy and have literally been using it since. This book is absolutely the last word and best of the best when it comes to testing just about any muscle in the human body. It is loaded- and I mean loaded- with pictures that CLEARLY describe to the last detail how to test a muscles strength. Goodies are also included, and I'm talking useful things too, such as innervations of muscles, how to tell if certain 2 joint muscles are tight on someone, or which nerve roots and spinal levels innervate which muscles. I use this book as a reference, mainly when confronted with muscles I don't regularly test and need to look up the proper positioning. So if you have a need to manually test the strength of muscles (nurses, physical therapists. massage therapist, doctors, personal trainers)- then this is your book. Don't waste your time on any others- start with the best.

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