Physical Rehabilitation for the Physical Therapist Assistant


  • Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, OCS, Oregon Health and Science University, Department of Neurology; Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
  • Linda Monroe, MPT, OCS, John Muir Health, Walnut Creek, CA

Prepare for practice with the book tailored specifically for physical therapist assistants! Physical Rehabilitation for the Physical Therapist Assistant provides a clear, easy-to-read, evidence-based guide to the PTA's role in patient management, covering the core concepts related to physical rehabilitation and emphasizing the PTA's role in intervention. A treatment-oriented focus addresses each of the four categories of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Preferred Practice Patterns: musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary. The final section of the book addresses interventions which overlap many practice patterns. Written by rehabilitation experts Michelle Cameron, MD, PT and Linda Monroe, MPT, in consultation with Susan Schmidt, a practicing PTA, and Carla Gleaton, the director of a PTA education program, this text will be a valuable resource both in the classroom and in professional practice.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2010
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-3671-3

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Evidence-based Practice
Part One: Musculoskeletal System
3. Skeletal Demineralization
4. Posture
5. Muscle Weakness
6. Connective Tissue Dysfunction
7. Localized Inflammation
8. Spinal Disorders
9. Fractures
10. Joint Arthroplasty
11. Soft Tissue Surgery
12. Amputation and Prostheses
Part Two: Neuromuscular System
13. Balance and Fall Risk
14. Impaired Neuromotor Development
15. Pediatric Nonprogressive Central Nervous System Disorders
16. Adult Nonprogressive Central Nervous System Disorders
17. Progressive Central Nervous System Disorders
18. Peripheral Nerve Injuries
19. Polyneuropathies
20. Nonprogressive Spinal Cord Disorders
21. Disorders of Consciousness: Coma, Vegetative State and Minimally Conscious State
Part Three: Cardiopulmonary System
22. Vital Signs
23. Deconditioning
24. Airway Clearance Dysfunction
25. Congestive Heart Failure
26. Respiratory Failure
27. Lymphatic System Disorders
Part Four: Integumentary System
28. Tissue Healing and Pressure Ulcers
29. Vascular Ulcers
30. Neuropathic Ulcers
31. Burns
Part Five: Interventions Common to Many Conditions Requiring Rehabilitation
32. Gait Assessment and Training
33. Assistive Devices for Mobility: Canes, Crutches, Walkers, and Wheelchairs
34. Orthotics