The Physiotherapist

The Physiotherapist's Pocketbook

Essential Facts at Your Fingertips

The Physiotherapist’s Pocket Book is an exceptionally comprehensive, handy reference that is ideal for clinicians in their daily practice and students on core clinical placements – musculoskeletal, neurology, respiratory. The second edition of this extremely popular book has been updated and expanded to make it even more invaluable during clinical practice. It is designed to be a useful aide memoir during assessment and treatment planning with instant access to key facts and figures.

Paperback, 368 Pages

Published: February 2009

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-08-044984-5


  • Section 1 Neuromusculoskeletal anatomy
    Musculoskeletal anatomy illustrations
    Brachial plexus
    Lumbosacral plexus
    Peripheral nerve motor innervation
    Peripheral nerve sensory innervation
    Common locations for palpation of pulses
    References and further reading

    Section 2 Musculoskeletal
    Muscle innervation chart
    Muscles listed by function
    Alphabetical listing of muscles
    The Medical Research Council scale for muscle power
    Trigger points
    Normal joint range of movement
    Average range of segmental movement
    Close packed positions and capsular patterns for selected joints
    Common postures
    Beighton hypermobility score
    Beighton criteria: diagnostic criteria for benign joint hypermobility syndrome
    Common classifications of fractures
    Classification of ligament and muscle sprains
    Common musculoskeletal tests
    Neurodynamic tests
    Precautions with physical neural examination and management
    Nerve pathways
    Diagnostic triage for back pain (including red flags)
    Psychosocial yellow flags
    Musculoskeletal assessment
    References and further reading

    Section 3 Neurology
    Neuroanatomy illustrations
    Signs and symptoms of cerebrovascular lesions
    Signs and symptoms of injury to the lobes of the brain
    Signs and symptoms of haemorrhage to other areas of the brain
    Cranial nerves
    Cranial nerves
    Key features of upper and lower motor neurone lesions
    Functional implications of spinal cord injury
    Glossary of neurological terms
    Neurological tests
    Modified Ashworth scale
    Neurological assessment
    References and further reading

    Section 4 Respiratory
    Respiratory anatomy illustrations
    Respiratory volumes and capacities
    Chest X-rays
    Percussion note
    Interpreting blood gas values
    Respiratory failure
    Nasal cannula
    Sputum analysis
    Modes of mechanical ventilation
    Cardiorespiratory monitoring
    Biochemical and haematological studies
    Treatment techniques
    Respiratory assessment
    References and further reading

    Section 5 Pathology
    Alphabetical listing of pathologies
    Diagnostic imaging
    Electrodiagnostic tests

    Section 6 Pharmacology
    Drug classes
    A–Z of drugs
    Prescription abbreviations
    Further reading

    Section 7 Appendices
    Maitland symbols
    Grades of mobilization/manipulation
    Prefixes and suffixes
    Adult basic life support
    Paediatric basic life support
    Conversions and units
    Laboratory values
    Physiotherapy management of the spontaneously breathing, acutely breathless patient


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