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Orthopaedics for the Physical Therapist Assistant

Author(s): Mark Dutton, PT, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • ISBN-13: 9780763797553
  • ISBN-10:0763797553
  • Paperback    760 pages      © 2012
Price: $115.95 US List
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Orthopaedics for the Physical Therapist Assistant provides the physical therapist assistant (PTA) student with a broad overview of orthopaedics. This is the first book to combine kinesiology, orthopedic management, and therapeutic exercise, tying in the anatomy and kinesiology to the examination and pathology of each of the joints. This comprehensive text describes the anatomy and biomechanics of each area of the spine, pelvis, and TMJ. Working from this foundation, detailed explanations on the re-evaluation and treatment of each of the various areas are given with an emphasis on evidence-based techniques. This text also includes chapters on pediatrics, geriatrics, manual therapy, and women’s health. Each chapter includes learning objectives, key terms, key point boxes, a content summary, suggested readings, references, and end-of-chapter review questions to test the student's understanding of the material.


  • Comprehensive approach tying in anatomy, therapeutic exercise and kinesiology to the examination and pathology of each of the joints
  • Terminology following the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice
  • Special chapters on pediatrics, geriatrics, manual therapy, and women’s health
  • End-of-chapter questions for student review and assessment
  • More than 700 illustrations, tables, figures, and photographs
  • Five appendixes include a guide to conduct for physical therapist assistants, documentation, commonly used abbreviations, common laboratory values, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation terms and techniques

Instructor Resources: PowerPoint Slides, TestBank, Image Bank with color photos

Features & Benefits

Topics include

  • Anatomy and kinesiology of the spine and extremities, clearly illustrated with numerous, high-quality images
  • Clinical key point boxes detail issues specifically related to clinical practice
  • Treatment strategies and manual techniques for the entire spine, pelvis, and TMJ, using an eclectic approach based on a wide variety of philosophies.
  • Evidence-based tests and measures and interventions
  • Details about the tissue response to healing and the importance of basing treatment strategies on the presenting stage of healing
  • Integration of goals and preferred practice patterns found in the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice

The individual joint chapters present

  • A detailed description of the bony, ligamentous and muscular structures of each area, as well the neurological and vascular supply
  • The biomechanics of each area, together with the coping mechanisms used by each area to deal with mechanical stresses
  • Descriptions of common pathologies for each area and the various strategies and techniques to deal with each
  • Current exercise protocols

Applicable Courses

Orthopedics, Musculoskeletal, and Movement Science Courses in PTA Programs
Secondary courses include Kinesiology, Gait and Posture, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and Women's Health

Section  I  Fundamentals
    Chapter  1  Orthopaedic Management for the Physical Therapist Assistant
    Chapter  2  The Musculoskeletal System
    Chapter  3  The Nervous System
    Chapter  4  Kinesiology
    Chapter  5  Tissue Injury and Repair
    Chapter  6  Manual Modalities
    Chapter  7  Physical Agents and Mechanical Modalities
Section  II  Therapeutic Exercise
    Chapter  8  Therapeutic Activities
    Chapter  9  Improving Range of Motion, Flexibility, and Joint Mobility
    Chapter  10  Improving Muscle Performance
    Chapter  11  Improving Balance
Section  III  The Joints
    Chapter  12  The Vertebral Column
    Chapter  13  Cervical Spine and Temporomandibular Joint
    Chapter  14  Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage
    Chapter  15  Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
    Chapter  16  Shoulder Complex
    Chapter  17  Elbow and Forearm Complex
    Chapter  18  Wrist and Hand
    Chapter  19  Hip
    Chapter  20  Knee Joint Complex
    Chapter  21  Ankle and Foot
Section  IV  Special Considerations
    Chapter  22  The Pediatric Orthopaedic Population
    Chapter  23  The Geriatric Orthopaedic Population
    Chapter  24  Women’s Health
    Chapter  25  Gait and Posture
  Appendix  A  Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant
  Appendix  B  American Physical Therapy Association’s Documentation Guidelines
  Appendix  C  Commonly Used Abbreviations in Orthopaedics
  Appendix  D  Common Laboratory Values
  Appendix  E  PNF Terms and Techniques

Mark Dutton, PT-Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mark Dutton is a Physical Therapist at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He has over 20 years of experience in practice and has authored several academic physical therapy textbooks.

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  • "This is an outstanding contribution to the field. It is a well-written, comprehensive book that is ideal for orthopedic courses taught to physical therapist assistant students. It also would serve as an excellent resource for physical therapist assistants working in orthopedic settings."

    ~ Michael D Ross, PT, DHSc, United States Air Force (Doody's Review Service, Score: 97, 5 Stars!)

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ISBN-13: 9780763797553

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