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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ben Kivlan, MPT (North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: This is the third edition of an updated and comprehensive text on orthopedic evaluation and treatment for the physical therapist.
Purpose: The purpose is to present orthopedic physical therapy practice that is current and scientifically-based.
Audience: The book is directed towards physical therapy students, practitioners, and specialists in orthopedic physical therapy to educate and be used as a reference.
Features: The first section provides a fundamental outlook on the concepts that govern many of the treatment strategies in orthopedic physical therapy. The remainder of the book is organized logically into chapters that specifically examine evaluation and treatment programs for each anatomical area. The book is well illustrated throughout to exemplify concepts and manual techniques.
Assessment: The book is conveniently organized and offers a fairly comprehensive review of orthopedic physical therapy. This edition has improved from previous editions as it adds informative chapters on foot orthotics and neural tissue disorders. The book also places a greater emphasis on postsurgical rehabilitation. It is a well illustrated, which is helpful in learning manual techniques. As was true in the previous editions, the coverage of SI and lumbar spine pathologies is the strength of the book. Although Barrow and McGee's Practical Measurement and Assessment, 5th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000) may be superior in covering evaluative skills, and Brotzman's Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Mosby, 1996) offers more extensive treatment protocols, this book is an excellent contemporary resource for the orthopedic clinician or aspiring student in a manual therapy course.