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From The CriticsReviewer: Monique Serpas, PT, DPT, OCS (HealthReach Rehabilitation Services)
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.