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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Hughes, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This body of work contains a great deal of information related to various aspects of therapeutic exercise with a focus on activities which will enhance return to function. Case studies, lab activities, and critical thinking exercises are included to facilitate use of the book in an academic setting.
Purpose: This book is primarily written to provide a fundamental knowledge base for clinicians and exercise specialists who prescribe exercise for patients and clients who have physiologic impairments. The authors use the disablement model as a guide and have succeeded in integrating therapeutic exercise with functional outcomes. They have met their objectives.
Audience: This book is organized to be used in an academic setting and would be most useful in clinically based programs such as occupational therapy and physical therapy or even clinical exercise physiology. Practicing therapists may also find it a valuable resource. The primary authors are physical therapists as are the majority of contributors.
Features: There are seven major sections in this book. These include foundation of therapeutic exercise, exercise for physiologic impairments and special populations, and a regional approach to exercises for the trunk, spine, and upper and lower extremities. Obstetrics, arthritis, and fibromylagia are specifically addressed. Unique aspects include numerous case studies, appendixes on differential diagnosis, and a section on pain management. Aquatic therapy is also addressed. The discussion of alternative movement therapies exposes the reader to the philosophy behind these methods.
Assessment: The authors have done an excellent job in organizing and including relevant and practical information in each chapter. The lab activities and case studies are particularly helpful. This book fills a niche in teaching therapeutic exercise and should be seriously considered as a primary text.