Fundamental Orthopedic Management for the Physical Therapist Assistant


  • Gary Shankman, PTA, Rehabilitation Manager, Heritage Healthcare; Hillcrest South, Knoxville, TN
  • Robert Manske, PT, DPT, SCS, MEd, ATC, CSCS , Professor and Chair Department of Physical Therapy Wichita State University Wichita, KS

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.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2010
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-09439-9

Table of Contents

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