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Neurological Assessment

A Clinician's Guide

Neurological Assessment is a quick reference tool to identifying those all important links to pathology and physiology – crucial for efficient clinical reasoning and ultimately better patient care. Based around one potential sub-problem encountered by neurologically-impaired patients, each assessment chapter begins with a Summary Bite and then provides photographic guidance on how to examine and define the problem with an explanation as to why it is important to assess it. All sections give detailed reasoning on any possible findings from the assessment technique and an example of how to record the procedure. Blank notes areas throughout encourage the clinician to reflect on the technique carried out and to consider the overall impression from the patient, so facilitating the process of clinical reasoning.

Part of the Physiotherapist’s Toolbox Series – unlock your key skills! Perfect for use on placement and in the clinic.

Physiotherapy undergraduates; physiotherapy postgraduates


Published: November 2011

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4660-5


  • Acknowledgements

    Section 1 Pathology (key facts)

    Chapter 1 Cerebro vascular accident (CVA)
    Chapter 2 Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    Chapter 3 Parkinsons Disease (PD)
    Chapter 4 Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
    Chapter 5 Guillian Barre Syndrome (GBS)

    Section 2 Functional neuroanatomy

    Chapter 6 Introduction to excitable tissue
    Chapter 7 The Cerebral Cortex
    Chapter 8 Meninges, ventricles and blood circulation
    Chapter 9 Thalamus and Limbic system
    Chapter 10 Brain Stem, Cranial Nerves, Visual System, Vestibular System, Reticular System
    Chapter 11 Basal Ganglia (BG)
    Chapter 12 Cerebellum
    Chapter 13 The Spinal Cord and Spinal Reflexes
    Chapter 14 The Descending Tracts
    Chapter 15 The Ascending Tracts

    Section 3 Clinical Assessment

    Chapter 16 Subjective assessment
    Chapter 17 Objective assessment (General Observation)
    Chapter 18 Objective assessment (Functional assessment)
    Chapter 19 Gait
    Chapter 20 Postural Alignment
    Chapter 21 Muscle Tone
    Chapter 22 Reflexes
    Chapter 23 Sensation
    Chapter 24 Dermatomes
    Chapter 25 Trunk Stability
    Chapter 26 Co-ordination
    Chapter 27 Vision
    Chapter 28 Range of Movement (ROM)
    Chapter 29 Pain
    Chapter 30 Strength
    Chapter 31 Myotomes
    Chapter 32 Balance
    Chapter 33 Cognition and perception
    Chapter 34 Falls



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