Manual Therapy of the Spine: An Integrated Approach

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This book describes the anatomy and biomechanics of each area of the spine, pelvis and TMJ, and the theories behind the subjective and objective exams. Working from this foundation, detailed explanations on the assessment and treatment of each of the various areas are given, enabling the student and clinician to differentially diagnoze, and integrate the results gleaned from the assessment, in order to formulate a working hypothesis. The sequential flow of the assessment is also detailed, with explanations as to its rationale, allowing a clinician of any proficiency level to use this book as a resource for an accurate biomechanical assessment, and the design of a specific treatment plan, based on those assessment findings. Recognizing the varying abilities between clinicians, most techniques are described with the patient sitting or lying in different positions. To help illustrate topics, case studies are included in a discussion format to highlight the evaluation and treatment techniques, as well as details about both the commonly encountered pathologies, and the more serious ones that can mimic a musculoskeletal dysfunction. To make this even more suitable for classroom use, appropriate chapters conclude with review questions and throughout, the book the follows the "Guide to Physical Therapist Practice".

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"Clinicians who are looking for a book in manual therapy of the spine will find the information presented here of practical significance. This book is comparable to others in the field and offers additional didactic information on tissue mechanics and the treatment of cervical disorders related to trauma (i.e. whiplash). The clinical exam sections and treatment schemes are also easy to follow and make this a valuable resource for therapists who apply manual techniques to the treatment of the spine."

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This comprehensive, well-illustrated manual offers you all the information necessary to provide a high level of care to patients with any musculoskeletal dysfunction of the entire vertebral column and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This book describes the anatomy and biomechanics of each area of the spine, pelvis, and TMJ, and provides the theories behind the subjective and objective exams. Both students and clinicians of any level can use this book as a resource for an accurate biomechanical assessment and specific treatment plan design. Case studies and review questions are included along with details about both commonly encountered conditions as well as the more serious pathologies that can mimic a musculoskeletal dysfunction.
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- Clearly illustrates the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine, pelvis, and TMJ

- Includes musculoskeletal and systemic case studies to highlight evaluation and treatment techniques

- Offers treatment strategies and techniques for the entire spine, pelvis, and TMJ based on a wide range of philosophies

- Differential Diagnosis principles are covered through the use of subjective examination, scanning examination, and special tests

- Review questions included

- Follows the APTA's Guide to Physical Therapy Practice

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