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From The CriticsReviewer: David Kujawa, PT, OCS (Medical College of Ohio School of Allied Health)
Description: This third edition presents a comprehensive overview of the practice of orthopedic and sports physical therapy and incorporates the contributions of a variety of recognized experts in this field.
Purpose: The book was developed in response to the dramatic changes that have taken place in providing healthcare in the United States since the second edition was published in 1990. These changes have resulted in greater expectations in the performance of entry-level physical therapists than what was envisioned at that time. The purpose is to provide a text that will assist the student in developing a solid foundation in the basic science and principles of orthopedic and sports physical therapy patient evaluation and treatment. Overall, the authors meet their objective.
Audience: The book is intended to serve primarily as a text for physical therapy students. This is apparent in the way in which this edition has been restructured. It has been divided into four sections: basic sciences, evaluation, regional considerations, and special areas.
Features: Each chapter begins with an outline, learning objectives, and key terms. Case presentations are provided to assist the reader in applying the concepts covered in the text. The book is very practice oriented.
Assessment: The book presents the concepts of basic science and the methodology of evaluation and patient management in a very understandable manner. Although it is intended primarily for the physical therapy student, it would serve as a valuable resource for the entry-level and experienced physical therapists who are involved in the management of patients with orthopedic and sports-related problems.