Assessment of the Spine - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780443072284

Assessment of the Spine

1st Edition

Author: Phillip Ebrall
Hardcover ISBN: 9780443072284
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 5th April 2004
Page Count: 314

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Efficient and integrated, this text provides knowledge about approaching the manual assessment of the spine and its related articulations. This information is presented in a clear and concise way, in order to make it suitable for students, while remaining relevant to current practitioners. The content provides descriptions and discussions of a variety of observational and manual techniques of examination and assessment, as well as guidance on recording and analyzing the findings to arrive at an appropriate working diagnosis. The illustrations, which include line drawings, radiographs, and photographs, contribute to the reader's learning by providing helpful visual aides.

Key Features

  • The coverage presents a fully comprehensive approach to spinal assessment and the techniques involved.
  • Recognition of other professional groups acknowledges their aspects of techniques, as well as providing the reader with relevant knowledge that is now becoming part of chiropractic practice.
  • Key points and tips, practical learning tasks, and strong visual design help teach various aspects of chiropractic practice.
  • Vivid illustrations, including photographs, radiographs, and line diagrams, aid the reader in learning what is under the skin, so that they know what they can feel, as well as what they can see.
  • The content will provide a sound base for learning about treatment and for putting it into practice.
  • Essential for safe referral, the material encourages organized and coherent history-taking and recording of findings in a way that can easily be referred to by other practitioners.

Table of Contents


Part 1 Assessment principles and procedures
1. Process of assessment
2. The spinal motion unit
3. The functional spinal lesion
4. Assessment of kinematic change
5. Assessment of connective tissue change
6. Assessment of muscle change
7. Assessment of neural change
8. Assessment of vascular change

Part 2 Assessment of the spine by region
9. The upper cervical spine
10. The mid-cervical spine
11. The cervicothoracic spine
12. The mid-thoracic spine
13. The thoracolumbar spine
14. The lumbosacral spine and pelvis

Part 3 Documentation, patient history and the diagnosis
15. The clinical record
16. The patient history
17. The process of diagnosis



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About the Author

Phillip Ebrall

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of Department, Department of Chiropractic, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia