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Musculoskeletal Examination, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8049-8
472 pages
April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Musculoskeletal Examination is a user-friendly textbook designed for students, physical therapists and physicians. It is uniquely multidisciplinary in its approach, being written by a physiatrist, physical therapist and orthopedist. With tables and boxed features to emphasize and summarize key concepts, and 'sample examination' boxes to highlight and test difficult areas, it is ideal for teaching introductory courses yet detailed enough for professional reference within clinical practice. It includes an easy-to-follow examination process for all the joints and spine, as well as combining biomechanics with physical examination to enhance understanding of function.

This third edition includes more and better anatomy illustrations; over 850 illustrations, x-rays and MRIs are perfect as a quick reference guide, while the detailed descriptions and clinically relevant examples of frequently encountered conditions will help out even the most novice practitioner.

The chapter on basic science, the brief overview of anatomy, and the introductory remarks at the start of each chapter that provide a biomechanical overview of the region featured, all ensure Musculoskeletal Examination will help you gain the understanding necessary to make a correct diagnosis and determine a successful treatment plan for your patients.

Musculoskeletal Examination is ideal for physiotherapists, physiatrists, orthopedists, medical students, practitioners and all those involved in sports medicine and clinical massage.

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How to Use This Book, iv

Acknowledgments, v

1 Introduction, 1

2 Basic Concepts of Physical Examination, 14

3 Overview of the Spine and Pelvis, 31

4 The Cervical Spine and Thoracic Spine, 34

5 The Temporomandibular Joint, 82

6 The Lumbosacral Spine, 95

7 Overview of the Upper Extremity, 139

8 The Shoulder, 141

9 The Elbow, 199

10 The Wrist and Hand, 235

11 The Hip, 293

12 The Knee, 335

13 The Ankle and Foot, 379

14 Gait, 432

Appendices, 445

Bibliography, 449

Index, 453

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Jeffrey Gross is Clinical Associate Professor of rehabilitation medicine at NYU school of medicine, and Medical Director of the Union Square Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

Joseph Fetto is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU School of Medicine and at the Manhattan V.A. Medical Center.

Elaine Rosen is Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

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Musculoskeletal examination is the assessment of normal and/or pathologic states of the bones, muscles and joints through hands-on inspection


Multidisciplinary in its approach - written by a physiatrist, an orthopaedic surgeon and a physical therapist


Ideal for teaching introductory courses, with tables and boxed features to highlight and summarize key concepts, but detailed enough for professional reference and when the student enters clinical practice


Now includes more anatomy illustrations; ‘sample examination' boxes to highlight difficulties; and over 800 illustrations, x-rays and MRIs

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"Reading this thorough and engaging text brings to mind those eminent and learned educators who have the power to demystify complex and challenging scenarios with genuine pearls of wisdom. There is a wealth of detail here that maintains a clarity of exposition while remaining thoroughly comprehensive." (Times Higher Education Supplement, May 2008)
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