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Rheumatology: Evidence-Based Practice for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists

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Rheumatology is an indispensable resource for physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health professionals, offering practical approaches to the treatment and management of rheumatic musculoskeletal conditions. The text focuses on applying evidence-based understanding of these conditions to clinical context.

The specific disease chapters cover: incidence and prevalence of the condition; clinical presentation and diagnosis; red flags; clinical assessment; important first treatments, early intermediate and long term management; prognosis and long term outcomes. Supporting case histories of increasing complexity and study activities illustrate the clinical relevance of the treatment and management approaches.

• Multidisciplinary team approach

• Practical solutions to management of conditions supported by the latest research

• Case histories of increasing complexity consolidate understanding and develop clinical reasoning

• Highlighted boxes throughout contain study tasks and key messages

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443069345
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 4/5/2010
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Overview of the aims and management of rheumatological conditions: the multidisciplinary appraoch 1.1 Rheumatology and the rheumatologist 1.2 Nursing 1.3 General practice 1.4 Physiotherapy 1.5 Occupational therapy 1.6 Podiatry 1.7 Health psychology 1.8 A brief introduction to evidence based medicine

2 The user patient journey

3 Initial clinical assessment of patients with possible rheumatic disease

4 The measurement of patient-reported outcome in the rheumatic diseases

5 Applying the biopsychosocial model to the management of rheumatic disease

6 Patient education and self management

7 The principles of therapeutic exercise and physical activity

8 Physical therapies - treatment options in rheumatology

9 Occupational therapy: treatment options in rheumatology

10 Joint protection and fatigue management

11 Applying psychological interventions in rheumatic disease

12 Orthotics of the hand

13 Podiatry, biomechanics & the rheumatology foot

14 Diet and complementary therapies

15 Pharmacological treatments in rheumatic diseases

16 Inflammatory arthritis

17 Osteoarthritis

18 Fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic widespread pain

19 Ankylosing spondylitis and the seronegative spondyloarthopathies

20 Osteoporosis

21 Connective tissue disorders

22 Physiotherapy and occupational therapy for children and young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

23 Miscellaneous conditions

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