Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapists

1st Edition

Authors: Mark Jones Darren Rivett
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750639064
eBook ISBN: 9780702038129
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 4th November 2003
Page Count: 460


The purpose of this book is to increase the readers' awareness of clinical reasoning, including factors that influence reasoning and how to promote skilled reasoning. This book will provide the reader with opportunities to improve their reasoning through facilitated analysis of case studies and access to the reasoning of experts from around the world for comparison to their own.

Table of Contents


Section 1: Principles of clinical reasoning in manual therapy

1. Introduction to clinical reasoning

Section 2: Clinical reasoning in action: case studies from expert manual therapists

2. Back and bilateral leg pain in a 63 year old woman
3. Ongoing low back, leg and thorax troubles, with tennis elbow and headache
4. Chronic low back pain over 13 years
5. Unnecessary fear aviodance and physical incapacity in a 55 year old housewife
6. A chronic case of mechanic's elbow
7. Chronic low back and coccygeal pain
8. Ankle sprain in a 14 year old girl
9. Headache in a mature athlete
10. Thoracic pain limiting a patient's secretarial work and sport
11. Bilateral shoulder pain in a 16 year old long-distance swimmer
12. Medial collateral ligament repair in a professional ice hocket player
13. Patellofemoral pain in a professional tennis player
14. Self-management guided by directional preference and centralization in a patient with low back and leg pain
15. Craniovertebral dysfunction following a motor vehicle accident
16.A judge's fractured redius with metal fixation following an accident
17. A university student with chronic facial pain
18. Adolescent hip pain
19. A software programmer and sportsman with low back pain and sciatica
20.An elderl woman 'trapped within her own home' by groin pain
21. Chronic peripartum pelvic pain
22. Acute on chronic low back pain
23. A non-musculoskeletal disorder masquerading as a musculoskeletal disorder
24. Forearm pain preventing leisure activities

Section 3: Theroy and development

25. Educational theory and principles related to learning clinical reasoning
26. Improving clinical reasoning in manual therapy

Appendix 1: Reflective diary

Appendix 2: Self-reflection worksheet



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About the Author

Mark Jones

Affiliations and Expertise

Program Director; Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Darren Rivett

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Physiotherapy and Head of the School of Health Sciences, The University of Newcastle, Australia; Board Director, Australian Physiotherapy Association