Musculoskeletal Trauma book cover

Musculoskeletal Trauma

a guide to assessment and diagnosis

Musculoskeletal Trauma: a guide to assessment and diagnosis is a clinically focused text following patient journey from presentation to diagnosis in musculoskeletal trauma. An understanding of this process is essential to ensure that clinical assessment and diagnostic examinations inform decision making and effectively and efficiently optimize patient care. This text is particularly timely given the increasing blurring of professional boundaries within the emergency care setting and need for practitioners recognise the contribution of all professions to the patient care pathway and enhance interdisciplinary communication.

Written by an experienced multiprofessional clinical team, the book systematically guides the practitioner from musculoskeletal injury mechanisms, through clinical presentation and assessment, radiographic imaging and interpretation, to the formulation of a diagnosis. It is a coherent, logical and informative guide to contemporary practice for all emergency health care practitioners.

An introduction is provided to the principles of clinical assessment and radiographic technique. Radiographic images are provided alongside photographs of radiographic positioning to enhance understanding of anatomical relationships and image appearances. In addition, images of both clinical presentation and radiographic features of trauma are provided to enhance understanding of clinical signs and symptoms of trauma and support accurate decision-making. Whilst conventional imaging remains the mainstay for early diagnosis in the emergency department, the contribution of other imaging modalities (in particular CT, MRI & ultrasound) are explored and illustrated with appropriate clinical cases.

Undergraduate and post-registration radiographers, nurse practitioners, emergency care practitioners, paramedics

Paperback, 360 Pages

Published: December 2010

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-06928-4


  • Chapter 1: The principles of clinical assessment

    Chapter 2: Soft tissue injuries

    Chapter 3: Radiographic referral

    Chapter 4: Principles of radiographic examination

    Chapter 5: Reviewing radiographic images

    Chapter 6: Further imaging in trauma

    Chapter 7: Hand, fingers and thumb

    Chapter 8: Wrist

    Chapter 9: Elbow and forearm

    Chapter 10: Shoulder and humerus

    Chapter 11: Thoracic cage

    Chapter 12: Spine

    Chapter 13: Pelvis, hip and proximal femur

    Chapter 14: Knee and lower leg

    Chapter 15: Ankle and foot

    Chapter 16: Skull and face



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