Therapeutic Exercise for Physical Therapy Assistants: Techniques for Intervention / Edition 3

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Therapeutic Exercise for Physical Therapist Assistants is the first and only textbook that offers the training you need to fulfill your responsibilities as a physical therapist assistant. This book gives you the knowledge and skills to effectively implement patient treatment plans using therapeutic exercise techniques that you administer under the direction of a physical therapist.

Detailed descriptions are provided for the gamut of therapeutic exercises, including range of motion, stretching, open chain resistance training, plyometrics, and functional return. You learn the purpose, position, and procedure for each technique for a complete understanding of how to guide patients in performing these exercises.


·         Three New Chaptershave been added:

o   Joint Mobilization

o   Therapeutic Exercise for the Preparation of Gait Activities

o   Application of Therapeutic Exercise Using Sample Protocols

·         Review Questions at the end of each chapter test your knowledge and comprehension.


·         Chapter Objectives summarize key concepts at the beginning of each chapter.

·         Case Studies demonstrate how the techniques presented in the text are applied to actual patients and how physical therapist assistants and physical therapists work together.

·         Pediatric and Geriatric Boxes set forth recommendations for exercises that accommodate the needs of children and the elderly.

·         Clinical Guidelines summarize how, why, and when to use specific techniques.

·         A Glossary defines key words and concepts that you need to know.

With contributions from 26 therapeutic exercise experts, this textbook not only helps you develop the skills needed to become a physical therapist assistant, but it will also serve as a valuable on-the-job reference for many years to come.

Completely updated and rewritten to meet the specific needs of physical therapist assistants, this Second Edition focuses on the implementation of treatment plans and intervention using the appropriate therapeutic exercise techniques. The book describes a wide variety of therapeutic exercises and details the purpose, position, and procedure for each technique. Case studies and pediatric and geriatric recommendations are included. This edition has three all-new chapters: the role of the physical therapist assistant in therapeutic exercise, enhancement of breathing and pulmonary function, and functional fitness training for the elderly. Other new features include a two-color design, updated illustrations, and a glossary.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Monique Serpas, PT, DPT, OCS (Touro Infirmary)
Description: This reference on physical therapy interventional techniques for both student and practicing physical therapist assistants includes practice test questions, case studies, and perspectives on interventions for geriatric and pediatric populations. An online supplement includes the full text with keyword search, PowerPoint presentations, additional images, and videos. There are also online resources for educators, including a test generator and additional therapeutic exercise videos. This update of the 2007 edition is warranted in light of the evolving responsibilities of the PTA as well as advances in research.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide clinical indications for and detailed descriptions of interventions performed by a physical therapist assistant (PTA). There are no other therapeutic exercise books written specifically for the PTA and this one does a good job of describing interventions frequently delegated to the PTA.
Audience: The book is intended for students, PTA educators, and PTA professionals. It provides a good foundation for students learning therapeutic exercise as well as resources for practicing clinicians.
Features: Six of the book's seven parts focus on interventional techniques, including mobility, strength and power, balance, cardiopulmonary applications, functional progression in therapeutic exercise, and unique applications of therapeutic exercise. The pictures of exercises and interventions featured throughout the book are large, clear, and well described. New to this edition is information on joint mobilization, therapeutic exercise for the preparation of gait activities, and application of therapeutic exercise using sample protocols. However, the joint mobilization chapter is inadequate, lacking information on the concepts of open versus closed-pack positions, treatment planes, and contraindications. The pictures of specific joint mobilizations are large enough, although they could be improved by clarifying the direction of force.
Assessment: The updates in this edition are necessary, given the evolving responsibilities of the PTA and the latest research. Overall, this is a helpful book, particularly for student PTAs, but also as a reference for practicing PTAs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608314201
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/8/2012
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 458,485
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Third Edition

PART I: Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise 

1. Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise

2. The Role of the Physical Therapist Assistant

PART II:  Mobility 

3. Range of Motion

4. Joint Mobilization

5. Stretching Activities for Increasing Muscle Flexibility

PART III: Strength and Power 

6. Principles of Resistance Training

7. Open-Chain–Resistance Training

8. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

9. Closed-Kinetic–Chain Exercise

10. Plyometrics

PART IV: Balance 

11. Balance Training

12. Reactive Neuromuscular Training

PART V: Cardiopulmonary Applications 

13. Principles of Aerobic Conditioning and Cardiac Rehabilitation

14. Enhancement of Breathing and Pulmonary Function

PART VI: Functional Progression in Therapeutic Exercise 

15. Functional Progression for the Spine

16. Functional Progression for the Extremities

PART VII: Unique Applications of Therapeutic Exercise 

17. Aquatic Therapy

18. Therapeutic Exercise for the Preparation
of Gait Activities

19. Principles of Contextual Fitness and Function for Older Adults

20. Application of Therapeutic Exercise using Sample Protocols


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