Back Pain and Spinal Manipulation

A Practical Guide


  • Clive Kenna, MBBS, FACP, COMM(Paris), Honorary Consultant, Department of Rheumatology, Monash Medical Centre, Victoria, Australia
  • John Murtagh, AM, MD, MBBS, FRACGP, BSc, BEd, Professor and Head of Department of Community Medicine and General Practice, Monash Unversity, Victoria

Back Pain and Spinal Manipulation: a practical guide presents a highly-illustrated, didactic guide to the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of back pain. Based on a diagnostic approach to back pain the text is extremely practical and includes
how-to-do-it-yourself tips based on the authors' many years of practical experience. The second edition of this popular text has been extensively revised and updated to include the developments that have taken place within the field in recent years. New
illustrations have been added, and the format has been redesigned to produce a text that makes the information more easily accessible. New for the second edition: * manipulation techniques for the thoracic spine * sacro-iliac disorders and treatment *
muscle stretching techniques * muscle energy techniques Features includes: key check points, classification of techniques, charts on technique/directness/specificity and do's and don'ts, and position of the patient/position of the therapist. With an emphasis throughout on practical information that is easy to follow, the book is essential reading for all practitioners, physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths involved in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain.
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Book information

  • Published: February 1997
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-2185-4

Table of Contents

Section 1 General Concepts: Patterns of spinal pain; A diagnostic approach to spinal pain; The concepts of irritability; Mobilisation and manipulation; Muscle energy therapy; Safety guidelines. Section 2 The Cervical Spine and Upper Limb: Neck pain and related clinical features; Pain in the shoulder and upper limb; Examination of the cervical spine and shoulder; Mobilisation of the cervical spine; Muscle energy and muscle stretching therapy; Manipulation of the cervical spine; Other treatment methods for the cervical spine and shoulder; The cervical spine: case histories and management problems. Section 3 The Thoracic Spine and Chest Wall: Thoracic back pain and chest wall pain; Examination of the thoracic spine; Mobilisation of the thoracic spine;
Manipulation of the thoracic spine; The thoracic spine: case histories and management problems. Section 4 The Lumbosacral Spine and Lower Limb: Low back pain: clinical features; Pain in the buttock, hips and legs; Examination of the lumbosacral spine; Mobilisation of the lumbar spine; Sacroiliac joints: clinical features, examination and treatment; Muscle energy techniques; Manipulation of the lumbar spine; Treatment plans, exercises and injection techniques; The lumbosacral spine: case histories and management problems