Pocket Guide to Musculoskeletal Diagnosis / Edition 1

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Practicing physical medicine and rehabilitation physician Grant Cooper, MD, provides a concise step-by-step approach to confidently establishing a working clinical diagnosis and finding appropriate treatment options for the most common musculoskeletal ailments. Organized by body region and written with superb clarity, this guide details the important questions to ask in history taking, the physical examination maneuvers appropriate for each pathology, the possible explanations and additional tests needed to diagnose the condition, and the most up-to-date treatment options available. The author offers clear explanations why each step in the history and physical examination is performed and discusses the basic pathophysiological processes involved. The ailments covered include neck and shooting arm pain; shoulder pain; elbow pain; wrist and hand pain; low back, hip, and shooting leg pain; knee pain, ankle pain, and foot pain. Numerous photographs demonstrate the correct hands-on methods for physical examination of the patient.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This concise book is designed as a pocket guide to physical examination and diagnosis of the musculoskeletal system. It walks sequentially through anatomic parts and discusses common diagnoses, physical exam, and recommendations for further studies. The book is intended to slide into a lab coat pocket and includes a CD version that can be downloaded to a personal digital assistant.
Purpose: The stated goal is to provide a diagnostic approach in a concise fashion that cuts out distracting minutia without losing the fundamental focus of accurate diagnosis. This is clearly a valuable goal but it must always be appreciated that such an approach is only a beginning and a more in-depth, complete evaluation and understanding of the diagnosis and ultimate treatment is necessary.
Audience: The author does not specifically define a target audience but the guide obviously would be a great benefit to students in training and practitioners for whom musculoskeletal education was not a prime focus of their training. A number of studies have noted the relatively poor training in musculoskeletal medicine most medical schools provide their students as well as the significant portion of musculoskeletal medicine seen by primary care physicians who may have not had optimal training in their residency. This book can answer the challenge of that inadequacy.
Features: While fundamental, the guide is complete and does a nice job of sequentially presenting anatomy and physical examination. It is useful as a quick reference as readers can easily jump from body part to body part. The most unique aspect is the value-added electronic version which is included in every book and allows the user to place it on a personal digital assistant and have it immediately at hand. Any attempt at being brief and concise risks cutting out important information that may be necessary to diagnosis a uniquely peculiar condition or atypical patient. One such effort at brevity is the omission of references, which prevents the reader from finding other literature based on the author's recommendations.
Assessment: This unique offering would be of value for medical students and practitioners who may not have extensive training in musculoskeletal diagnosis and who want to have direct access to a quick reference for musculoskeletal exam and diagnosis. Special kudos go to the author and publisher who had the foresight to provide an electronic version for the ubiquitous PDAs.
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From the Foreword...

"This guide is one I will recommend and suggest to not only young physicians in training, but also to my peers and colleagues." -Robert S. Gotlin, DO, Beth Israel Medical Center

"...provides many valuable feature for practitioners treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system." -Canadian Family Physician

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588296740
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/23/2009
  • Series: Musculoskeletal Medicine Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed. 2006. Corr. 3rd printing 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 776,913
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.25 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Neck and Shooting Arm Pain

Shoulder Pain

Elbow Pain

Wrist and Hand Pain

Low Back, Hip, and Shooting Leg Pain

Knee Pain

Ankle Pain

Foot Pain


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2006

    Favorite physical exam book

    The pics in this book are the best around. Clear, easy-to-follow exam and treatment algorithms for common musculoskeletal complaints.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    Pocket Guide to Musculoskeletal Diagnosis

    This is the best physical exam book I have found for musculoskeletal complaints. I also like that there is a good discussion of what questions to ask the patient, and also the treatment plan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Great find

    This is truly a great find. I've read a lot of musculoskeletal exam books and this is my favorite. Clear, simple, easy to use, awesome pics.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    Pocket Guide to Musculoskeletal Diagnosis

    I used this book to buff up my physical exam skills for my orthopedic rotation. In many respects, I think it is much better than Hoppenfeld.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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