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Fundamental Orthopedic Management for the Physical Therapist Assistant

Designed to meet the unique needs of physical therapist assistants, Fundamental Orthopedic Management for the Physical Therapist Assistant, 3rd Edition focuses on critical thinking and helps you apply fundamental orthopedic principles in physical therapy interventions. Clear explanations cover basic concepts such as the PTA's role in physical assessment of flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance, along with the specifics of tissue healing; medications; gait and joint mobilization; and an introduction to biomechanics. It also describes the application of therapeutic interventions for many orthopedic conditions by region and affliction. Edited by two experienced clinicians, Gary A. Shankman and Robert C. Manske, and written by contributors who are experts in their respective fields, this is your one-stop source for PTA practice in orthopedics.

Book, 640 Pages

Published: October 2010

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-09439-9


  • Part I: Basic Concepts of Orthopedic Management

    1. Patient Supervision and Observation During Treatment

    2. The Role of the Physical Therapist Assistant in Physical Assessment

    3. Flexibility

    4. Strength

    5. Endurance

    6. Balance and Coordination

    Part II: Review of Tissue Healing

    7. Composition and Function of Connective Tissue

    8. Ligament Healing

    9. Bone Healing

    10. Cartilage Healing

    11. Muscle and Tendon Healing

    12. Neurovascular Healing and Thromboembolic Disease

    Part III: Common Medications in Orthopedics

    13. Concepts of Orthopedic Pharmacology

    Part IV: Mobilization And Biomechanics

    14. Fundamentals of Gait

    15. Concepts of Joint Mobilization

    16. Biomechanical Basis for Movement

    Part V: Management of Orthopedic Conditions by Region

    17. Orthopedic Management of the Ankle, Foot, and Toes

    18. Orthopedic Management of the Knee

    19. Orthopedic Management of the Hip and Pelvis

    20. Orthopedic Management of the Lumbar, Thoracic, and Cervical Spine

    21. Orthopedic Management of the Shoulder

    22. Orthopedic Management of the Elbow

    23. Orthopedic Management of the Wrist and Hand

    Part VI: Management of Orthopedic Conditions by Affliction  NEW!

    24. Orthopedic Management of Rheumatic Disorders  NEW!

    25. Orthopedic Management of Pain and Pain Syndromes  NEW!

    26. Orthopedic Management of Bracing, Orthotics, and Prosthetics  NEW!


    A: Commonly Used Medications in Orthopedics

    B: Reference Ranges for Commonly Used Tests

    C: Units of Measurement and Terminology for the Description of Exercise and Sport Performance

    D: Fracture Eponyms

    E: Major Movements of the Body and the Muscles Acting at the Joints Causing the Movement


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