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Physical Therapy Management of Low Back Pain
A Case-Based Approach

Author(s): Julia Chevan, PT, PhD, MPH, OCS, Professor and Chair, Physical Therapy Department, Springfield College
Phyllis Clapis, DHSc, PT, OCS, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, American International College
  • ISBN-13: 9780763779450
  • Paperback    348 pages      © 2013
Price: $109.95 US List
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Another selection of the Jones and Bartlett Series:
Contemporary Issues in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine 


Physical Therapy Management of Low Back Pain: A Case-Based Approach provides a detailed review of the theory and practice of a variety of approaches to treating low back pain using a case-based approach. The important features of nine major orthopaedic physical therapy approaches are explained and practical application of each approach is demonstrated via a single patient case. This controlled overview enables instructors and students to analyze, compare and contrast the options in physical therapy treatment with detailed information on intervention. Physical Therapy Management of Low Back Pain: A Case-Based Approach will give students a helpful reference point to better prepare for clinical work.
  • Provides up-to-date, detailed information about the incidence, prevalence, and care-seeking patterns for low back pain
  • Includes nine of the major approaches to physical therapy intervention for low back pain rather than focusing on only one approach
  • Focuses on a single patient case, enabling students to more easily compare and contrast each approach
  • Includes photos and explanations that clearly detail the examination and intervention methods for each approach
  • Provides patient examination forms with examples and offers instructors the ability to create their own cases with students 

Instructor Resources: PowerPoint Presentations, Image Bank

Features & Benefits

  • Up-to-date, detailed info on incidence, prevalence, and care seeking patterns
  • Includes ALL major approaches to PT intervention for LBP
  • Single patient case -practical, easy to compare/contrast approach
  • Photos and explanations detail exam/intervention concepts
  • Includes patient exam forms with examples

Applicable Courses

Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
Treatment of Spinal Disorders
Manual Therapy
Evidence-based Approaches to Low Back Pain
Chronic Pain
Pain Management

Chapter  1  Low Back Pain in the United States
Chapter  2  Meet Joe Lores
Chapter  3  The ‘Cyriax’ Approach to Treating the Case by Elaine Atkins, DProf, MA, MCSP, Jill Kerr, MSc, BSc, MCSP, and Emily Goodlad, MSc, MCSP
Chapter  4  The Kaltenborn-Evjenth Concept by John Krauss, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Chapter  5  Maitland Concept by Ken Learman, PT, PhD, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT and Chris Showalter, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, FABS
Chapter  6  McKenzie Approach to Treating the Case by Helen Clare, PhD, FACP, Dip Phy, Dip MDT
Chapter  7  The Mulligan Concept by Don Reordan, PT, MS, OCS, MCTA
Chapter  8  The Paris Approach by Jeff Rot, PT, DHSc, OCS, FAAOMPT and Jim Viti, PT, MSc, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT
Chapter  9  The Osteopathic Approach to Treating the Case by Maria Meigel, PT, DPT, CFMT, OCS
Chapter  10  Movement System Impairment Syndromes Approach by Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Chapter  11  A Treatment-Based Classification Approach to Treating the Case by Paul E. Mintken, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and Mark D. Bishop, PT, PhD
Chapter  12  Synthesis and Conclusions

Julia Chevan, PT, PhD, MPH, OCS-Professor and Chair, Physical Therapy Department, Springfield College

Julia Chevan graduated with a BS degree in physical therapy from Boston University in 1985. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings mostly focused on providing care for patients with orthopedic problems. In 1993 she joined the faculty of Springfield College where she now serves as Professor and Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy. Julia is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and has passed the credentialing examination with the McKenzie Institute. Her academic background includes advanced degrees in public health from the University of Massachusetts, in orthopedic physical therapy from Quinnipiac University and a doctoral degree in health studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Julia’s research interests have drawn her into examining health services issues related to physical therapy including studies on care seeking for persons with low back and neck pain. In addition to her professional life Julia is the mother and soccer coach for two young children who can almost run faster than she can. She is the partner of Patricia Jung a physical therapist of exceptional ability who can run as fast as anyone.

Phyllis Clapis, DHSc, PT, OCS-Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, American International College

Phyllis Clapis has been practicing in the area of orthopedic physical therapy for over 25 years. She graduated with a BS degree in physical therapy from University of Connecticut in 1983 and received her Master’s degree in orthopedic physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1994. In 2004 she received a doctorate in health science from the University of St. Augustine. She started her academic career in 1996 at American International College where she currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy. Her teaching focus includes spinal and extremity orthopedic patient management as well as evidence-based physical therapy practice. She has been a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 1994. Phyllis is a regular contributor for RelayHealth’s Sports Medicine Advisor series and resides in western Massachusetts with her family.

  • "The strengths of this text include concise snapshots of 9 treatment approaches for [Low Back Pain] LBP written for the most part by second and third generation educators and practitioners of these approaches.  Each of the chapter authors provides a brief derivation of the treatment strategy as well as citations of original texts and websites for further information.  Each chapter is adequately illustrated and referenced, with most chapters providing evaluation forms specific to each approach.  ... this approach allowed the authors to “name the names” associated with each treatment approach and highlight the distinctions and similarities recognized in the assessment and treatment of a common patient.

    In accordance with the authors’ goal, this text is recommended for students and novice physical therapists interested in manual therapy approaches in the management of patients with LBP.  Experienced clinicians may find this text to be interesting reading for the “clinical pearls” of the expert chapter authors as well as expanding insights into alternative manual therapy approaches."

    ~ Gary Sutton, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, ATC, CSCS, The Rehabilitation Center at Parham Doctors’ Hospital, Richmond, VA
    (JOSPT, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, October 2012)

  • "[Physical Therapy Management of Low Back Pain: A Case-Based Approach] targets physical therapy students, but it also is a good reference for experienced clinicians. Knowledgeable authors succeed in presenting the information to a broad audience. Students have the advantage of discussing approaches in class, while practitioners can benefit by learning about less familiar models or from comparing approaches.

    This book is successful as a student manual and professional resource for different methods to treat low back pain. The case approach uniquely shows how different physical therapy models can be applied to the same patient."

    ~ Karin  J. Edwards, MSPT, Providence Health & Services (Doody's Review Service, Score: 93 - 4 Stars!)

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ISBN-13: 9780763779450

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