Assessment of the Spine


  • Phillip Ebrall, PhD, Head of Department, Department of Chiropractic, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

Efficient and integrated, this text provides knowledge about approaching the manual assessment of the spine and its related articulations. This information is presented in a clear and concise way, in order to make it suitable for students, while remaining relevant to current practitioners. The content provides descriptions and discussions of a variety of observational and manual techniques of examination and assessment, as well as guidance on recording and analyzing the findings to arrive at an appropriate working diagnosis. The illustrations, which include line drawings, radiographs, and photographs, contribute to the reader's learning by providing helpful visual aides.
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Book information

  • Published: April 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07228-4

Table of Contents


Part 1 Assessment principles and procedures
1. Process of assessment
2. The spinal motion unit
3. The functional spinal lesion
4. Assessment of kinematic change
5. Assessment of connective tissue change
6. Assessment of muscle change
7. Assessment of neural change
8. Assessment of vascular change

Part 2 Assessment of the spine by region
9. The upper cervical spine
10. The mid-cervical spine
11. The cervicothoracic spine
12. The mid-thoracic spine
13. The thoracolumbar spine
14. The lumbosacral spine and pelvis

Part 3 Documentation, patient history and the diagnosis
15. The clinical record
16. The patient history
17. The process of diagnosis