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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael D Ross, PT, DHSc (United States Air Force)
Description: As noted in its preface, this book focuses on essential anatomy and biomechanics information for each major body area and provides evidence-based guidelines for the assessment and rehabilitation of orthopedic patients.
Purpose: The aim is to fill a void in the literature for physical therapist assistant students.
Audience: The book is designed for physical therapist assistant students who are studying orthopedics. The author is a physical therapist who is well qualified to write this book.
Features: The 25 chapters are divided into four sections. The first seven chapters discuss concepts of orthopedic management, the muscular and neurological systems, tissue injury and repair, manual modalities, and physical agents and mechanical modalities. The four chapters in the second section deal with therapeutic exercise and activities for improving range of motion, flexibility, joint mobility, muscular performance, and balance. The 10 chapters in the third section take a regional approach to covering the vertebral column, sacroiliac joint, temporomandibular joint, rib cage, upper extremity, and lower extremity. Each of these chapters generally follows a similar format, with a discussion of the anatomy and kinesiology, regional examination components, intervention strategies for the acute and chronic/functional phases, descriptions of common conditions and surgeries, and therapeutic techniques specific to the region. The four chapters in the last section cover the pediatric and geriatric orthopedic patient, women's health, and gait and posture. Each chapter contains learning objectives to guide study, key point boxes for easy reference, and short answer/multiple choice review questions. Over 700 images, including tables, line drawings, and photographs supplement the text and extensive reference lists round out all chapters. Five appendixes include a guide to conduct for physical therapist assistants, documentation, commonly used abbreviations, common laboratory values, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation terms and techniques.
Assessment: This is an outstanding contribution to the field. It is a well-written, comprehensive book that is ideal for orthopedic courses taught to physical therapist assistant students. It also would serve as an excellent resource for physical therapist assistants working in orthopedic settings.