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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jennifer Hoffman, PT, DPT, OCS (MedStar NRH)
Description: This update to a 2007 book provides practicing physical therapist assistants (PTAs) with a convenient, useful tool for various environments, and encompasses an array of treatment information in one portable reference.
Purpose: The author more than satisfies the goal of providing busy practicing PTAs and PTA students with a quick, evidence-based reference guide for treating patients in any environment.
Audience: Practicing PTAs and PTA students are the target audiences for this book, which provides convenient reference information that facilitates treatment decisions. It may be useful to practicing physical therapists, but it is not meant to serve as a comprehensive reference for constructing treatment plans.
Features: Using a table format, the book covers diagnosis and interventions for all specialties in physical therapy including cardiac, musculoskeletal, acute care, neurology, geriatrics, and pediatrics. The strength of each section is the clear review of special tests, terminology, anatomy, and clinical implications. Each section then reviews functional limitations of medical conditions before discussing common intervention practice patterns. The most areas covered most comprehensively are musculoskeletal and neurology. The musculoskeletal section includes a review of manual muscle testing and goniometry including pictures; muscular anatomy with innervations; and modality use with treatment parameters, implications, and contraindications. The intervention chapter in the neurology section is particularly noteworthy as a review of useful therapeutic interventions. Also notable is the book's emphasis on the role of the PTA in specialized patient education, e.g. foot care for the patient with diabetes.
Assessment: This second edition is updated with the newest evidence-based treatment practices and HIPAA guidelines for physical therapy. The condensed nature of the book, combined with its detailed index, enables easy use for quick inquiries, making it essential for busy PTAs or PTA students.