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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2001
I found this book on the shelf at Waterstones and knew it was a book I'd been looking for for ages. As a second year massage therapist student(soon to study osteopathy) I've been reading G D Maitland's Periferal Manipulation & Vertebral Manipulation as a diagnostic help. In this book the authors (who quote Maitland extensively and as he says in the foreword of this book) 'have brought together a field that has grown almost out of recognition over the last 50 years'. For every joint there is a comprehensive set of tests and assessment techniques to evaluate soundly and confidently; with excellent photographic, clear & concise illustrations (unlike the Maitland books which are pencil drawn and not as clear)and step by step procedure it really is a fantastic aid.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2006
Unquestionably this book is core reading material for assisting students and newly qualified therapists alike. Its systematic and logical approach clearly guides the reader through step by step without any complications. Many of my physio colleagues can only praise the author for this and all her other editions. The subjective and physical examination chapters sufficiently contain all the necessary criteria for the initial and follow up assessments with comprehensive literature and illustrations. The extensive use of photographic images for every joint test and assessment technique not only visually stimulates the reader, but also makes it so much easier to perform the techniques. The appealing presentation and layout suggest the book is very reader friendly and is one of the better therapy publications on the market.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2011
This was part of our physiotherapy course and we were in fact under the tuition of Ms Petty. It has some good information to start you out, but chapters repeat themselves far too much, especially in the introduction to each of them. Specific special questions to each area are not highlighted enough and lost in the repeated text. The layout leaves a lot to be desired as text is extensive and not user friendly. Not enough detail is covered in some areas and if you purchase this you will likely need the accompanying text about the principles of testing (by the same author).
Also to be clear it will not assist you with any diagnosis and as such is a good introductory text to assessment techniques, as are many other texts, but will not assist you as you move further into your course or work. Probably best first borrowed from your university library, and wait until you have found a more suitable text to purchase through placement or rotations.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2008
The chapters are repetitive. The book gives you an idea of how to assess without going into specific details about why we do what we do and what to do with our findings.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a book all Physiotherapists will not only learn from but will turn to for use when the have graduated and are in full time employment, it's one of those books you would keep and use again and again.Highly Recommended A******
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2014
This is key book to help you with your examinations assements it lays it out I a easy way to understand
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on 14 March 2011
Great book a must for a Sports Therapist or physio student or clinician. All the major tests explained and with good diagrams. Great learning resource, the new book by this author is out! worth the money!
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on 11 February 2012
covers everything you need, when assessed, and what to ask, forms to use, what is the route of the problem just a shame you have to buy another book to learn how to treat it! Still a great book though
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on 24 April 2013
It has almost everything that you need in order to perform a good neruromuscular examination! It covers lots of areas and it's so useful!
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I read the synopsis for this book and was lead to believe that this would help me prepare for my practical examination and assessment of lower limb injuries. It didn't, it contains absolutely no information on manual muscle testing!!!! which is one of the core parts of examination and assessment. All the book does is refer you to other books with the muscle tests in them, in every chapter!! i was thoroughly dissapointed and am now going to have to spend another 30 pounds getting a book that includes the muscle tests.

Waste of money
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