Functional Anatomy of the Spine - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750627177

Functional Anatomy of the Spine

2nd Edition

Authors: Alison Middleditch Jean Oliver
Paperback ISBN: 9780750627177
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 30th September 2005
Page Count: 328

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This book provides the solid foundation of knowledge therapists need to safely and accurately treat musculoskeletal disorders of the spine. It presents a comprehensive view of applied functional anatomy and biomechanics of the whole spine, examining normal and abnormal function of the spine, the response of tissues to injury, and the effects of age-related changes. Thoroughly referenced and extensively illustrated with over 200 original, high-quality diagrams, it serves as an excellent resource for clinical decision making. The 2nd edition explores several areas in greater depth - including the sacroiliac joint, thoracic biomechanics, muscles - and reviews recent papers and the scientific evidence of functional anatomy.

Key Features

  • Accessory and physiological spinal movements are thoroughly described.
  • Palpation is covered in detail.
  • Numerous guidelines for safe practice are provided.
  • A valuable, comprehensive chapter covers posture, lifting, and the prevention of injury.
  • Coverage of applied anatomy and biomechanics is written by therapists for therapists.
  • New theories on thoracic biomechanics are presented, rarely covered by other anatomy books.
  • All topics have been updated to reflect recent scientific evidence, enabling the reader to more effectively formulate and manage treatment plans.
  • New illustrations to complement the text and improve readers' understanding of the material.

Table of Contents

Structure of the vertebral column
Sacroiliac joints
Cervical discs
Thoracic spine biomechanics
The jaw and upper cervical spine


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About the Author

Alison Middleditch

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Physiotherapist, Queen Mary's University Hospital, Roehampton, UK

Jean Oliver

Affiliations and Expertise

Founder, Back Care Service; Director, Back Care Education Programme, Cambridge, UK