Key Features

  • This is the only introductory textbook to include an overview of both the profession and the clinical practice of physical therapy and physical therapy assisting.
  • Each chapter offers helpful learning tools, including a chapter outline, key terms, learning objectives, questions to ask, boxes, tables, summaries and up to date references, suggested readings, and review questions.
  • Features the latest information on current trends in health care and the profession of physical therapy such as laws and regulations, reimbursement, the roles of the PTA and PT, new terminology, and key concepts.

Table of Contents

Part 1 — Profession

1. Physical Therapy: Definition and Development

2. Roles and Characteristics of Physical Therapists

3. The Physical Therapist Assistant

4. Communication in Physical Therapy in the 21st Century

5. Laws, Regulations, and Policies

6. Financing and Reimbursing Health Care in Physical Therapy

7. Current Issues: Physical Therapy in Evolution

8. American Physical Therapy Association

Part 2 — Practice

9. Physical Therapy for Musculoskeletal Conditions

10. Therapy for Neuromuscular Conditions

11. Physical Therapy in Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Conditions

12. Physical Therapy for Integumentary Conditions

13. Physical Therapy for Pediatric Conditions

14. Physical Therapy for the Older Adult



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© 2006
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About the editor

Michael Pagliarulo

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY