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Muscle and Sensory Testing

If you want to excel in the physical therapy field, you’ll need to first master the art of manual muscle testing. Written by a well-known PT expert, Muscle and Sensory Testing, 3rd Edition provides you with everything you need to effectively perform manual muscle and sensory tests - all in one well-organized, easy-to-follow resource. Chapters include an overview of muscle strength assessment and detail precise anatomic testing techniques for upper extremities, lower extremities, and head, neck and trunk; functional muscle tests; tests for mental status, cranial nerves and superficial reflexes; and use of observational gait analysis as a screening tool. Photographs of testing procedures, line drawings of various innervations, and video clips showing manual muscle testing procedures augment your understanding of this important skill area.

Book, 656 Pages

Published: September 2011

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4557-3696-6


  • 1: Introduction to Muscle Strength Testing

    2: Techniques of Manual Muscle Testing: Upper Extremity

    3: Techniques of Manual Muscle Testing: Head, Neck, and Trunk

    4: Techniques of Manual Muscle Testing: Lower Extremity

    5: Techniques of Functional Muscle Testing

    6: Techniques of Pediatric Muscle Testing

    7: Hand-held Dynamometry for Muscle Testing

    8: Techniques of the Sensory Examination

    9: Techniques of the Remainder of the Neurologic Examination: Coordination, Mental Status, Cranial Nerves, and Superficial Reflexes

    10: Observational Gait Analysis as a Screening Tool

    Appendix A: Average Joint Ranges of Motion

    Appendix B: Muscle Innervations by Spinal Cord Level

    Appendix C: Muscle Innervations by Peripheral Nerve



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