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A Physiotherapist's Guide to Clinical Measurement, 1e (Physiotherapist's Tool Box)
A Physiotherapist's Guide to Clinical Measurement, 1e (Physiotherapist's Tool Box)
by John Edward Fox MSc MCSP
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Clinical measurement -valid? reliable? practical?, 28 April 2009
The hard cover and ring bound pages makes for a hard wearing book that is easily accessible. Although the index is sufficient use of colour coded sections, relating to specific joints, would make searching faster. The layout of the book is clear. Images are black and white but of good quality and enhance the understanding of each measurement technique. Use of tables breaks the text up making reading easy without any daunting reams of text.

The measurement techniques are explained clearly and all areas of the body are covered including spirometry. Inclusion of anatomy, surface palpation and Oxford muscle grading is useful for undergraduates and a simple reminder for those with more experience. The introduction to reliability and validity of measurement tools is useful, but lacks depth of explanation. Addition of information relating to ICC measures etc would provide the reader with understanding of the evidence and statistical values and therefore an ability to judge the value/validity of evidence/measure. The main change i'd make with this book is to move the evidence from the appendix and include it in each chapter. This way the reader can evaluate the benefit and validity of each technique from an evidence base. With the evidence at the back it is much harder to relate technique to validity.

Overall a useful book for the undergraduate to brush up on their anatomy and learn the basics of muscle testing and clinical measurement. Although the authors state they don't evaluate the use of clinical measurement techniques against the evidence within this book I feel that would be an improvement to this book.


A Pocketbook of Managing Lower Back Pain, 1e (Physiotherapy Pocketbooks)
A Pocketbook of Managing Lower Back Pain, 1e (Physiotherapy Pocketbooks)
by Fraser Ferguson MPhil BSc MCSP SRP
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Deal with back pain patients - Read this..., 28 April 2009
Written by a single author and taken from his clinical experience at the Greater Glasgow Back Pain Clinic. The text is written in a personal manor that makes reading easier than a pure descriptive book and helps to engage the reader in the content. The layout and structure of the text is excellent leading through key topics so that understanding is gained, questioned, built upon then tested again. The clinical challenges and case studies really make you think about how you think about and manage back pain. The `Take Home Message' at the end of each chapter neatly summarises the key points. Referencing throughout the text is very good using key papers to back up theories and statements. The addition of recommended reading is also great as it encourages the reader to further develop knowledge and expertise within the area of LBP.

This little book is the most accessible, practical and evidence based book on LBP that i've come across. As LBP is such a large issue i'd recommend any physiotherapist to read this book, whether it be to learn new things, update yourself on the evidence or just to sense check your current management of LBP. 10 out of 10.


Anatomy and Human Movement Pocketbook, 1e
Anatomy and Human Movement Pocketbook, 1e
by Nigel Palastanga MA BA FCSP DMS DipTP
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super pocket sized anatomy book, 15 April 2008
The pocket book is divided into the sections; introduction, upper limb, lower limb, trunk & neck and head & brain. Each section broken down into; bones, articular surfaces, capsule and ligaments, movement at each joint, movement as a whole, muscles and details specific to anatomical area. This clear layout and good indexing makes use of the book simple and efficient. The content is good and covers the anatomy in good detail, especially for such a small book. The best thing I found about this book is the use of excellent coloured diagrams detailing muscle, nerves, movements that make the information so much more accessible, especially if you find visual aids useful to learn from. The yellow boxes throughout the text are great for putting a clinical outlook on what could be just an anatomy book.

Overall this is a great little book for learning or refreshing your applied anatomy.


Tidy's Physiotherapy (Physiotherapy Essentials)
Tidy's Physiotherapy (Physiotherapy Essentials)
by Stuart B. Porter
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tidy's Classic Physiotherapy book 14th Edition, 4 April 2008
This classic physiotherapy book is fully updated for its 14th edition. The content is all encompassing; starting with what it is to be a professional physiotherapist based around the HPC and CSP guidelines followed with, assessment, fractures, burns, women's health, biomechanics, cardiac and respiratory conditions, electrotherapy, exercise for rehab, basis for research etc. This breadth of information is superb for the new physiotherapist. For the more experienced it is a healthy reminder of aspects and breadth of scope to physiotherapy. Due to the breadth of coverage real depth of research is occasionally lacking however use of case studies, clinical notes, key points, weblinks and good referencing are excellent and provide a platform for further self directed study. The inclusion of the electronic resource with video clips and images demonstrating various techniques are one of the strengths of this edition. Contents and indexing are good, as is the text layout, use of colour and images within the text.

Overall this is an excellent text for physiotherapists.


Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences Fifth Edition
Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences Fifth Edition
by Stephen Polgar
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Research within Health Science, 29 Feb. 2008
Polgar and Thomas's `Introduction To Research Methods In The Health Sciences' is an excellent book for any student within health science who needs to complete a dissertation/ final year project or even those who desire to understand more about research.

The layout takes the reader logically through the stages of research: Planning, design, Data collection and statistics directed by a clear contents, index and glossary. Chapters are nicely broken down into specific topics so it is easier to read and find exactly what you are looking for. Use of colour and text add to the ease of use. The summaries at the end of each chapter are great if you want to get a feel for an area of research without reading the entire chapter. And the self assessment section at the end of each chapter is a great way to ensure you have understood the content and can apply it. Use of tables and graphs break down the text, again making for ease of use and are also a tool for aiding understanding of the theories/ practicalities of research and how they are applied. There is also an excellent chapter on critical evaluation of research which is especially useful when considering evidenced based practice and the true value of research.

Only complaints are the limited referral to references within the text. However for an introduction this may be asking too much.


The Physiotherapist's Pocket Book: Essential Facts at Your Fingertips (Physiotherapy Pocketbooks)
The Physiotherapist's Pocket Book: Essential Facts at Your Fingertips (Physiotherapy Pocketbooks)
by Jonathan Kenyon
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A super little book, 13 Sept. 2007
This pocket sized book is an absolute gem for the new/ student physiotherapist. It is packed full of the basic (and some more advanced) facts that you learn and put in to practice during early lectures and placements. In fact i'm sure it's a handy reminder even for experienced physiotherapists every now and then. The plastic cover and size make the book both convenient and hard wearing and therefore ideal to keep in your pocket and use day to day. The layout into Respiratory, Neurological, Pharmacology and Musculoskeletal sections make for easy referencing and finding facts quickly and efficiently. This is aided further by the appendices and clear diagrams and illustrations. Colour coded text high lighting titles from facts makes for easy browsing and information finding. Anatomy, specific tests, brain regions, dermatomes and myotomes, muscles and bones and common conditions are all covered in this goldmine of information. I can't fault this book in anyway when it comes to covering the basics of the knowledge and skills the physiotherapist needs and utilises day to day.


Management of Acute and Chronic Neck Pain: An Evidence-based Approach, 1e (Pain Research and Clinical Management)
Management of Acute and Chronic Neck Pain: An Evidence-based Approach, 1e (Pain Research and Clinical Management)
by Nikolai Bogduk BSc(Med) MB BS MD PhD DSc DipAnat DipPainMed FAFRM FAFMM FFPM(ANZCA)
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £50.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on the management and treatment of neck pain, 13 Sept. 2007
An extremely thorough book detailing and clarifying terminology and definitions before moving into pain, risk factors and specifics of injury. The scope of the book is specific to the neck and divided into acute and chronic pain and then whiplash and cervicogenic headache. This is one of the most well referenced and up to date books i have read on the spine. The diagrams, illustrations and tables add to the clarity of information and ease of understanding. Clear explanations and division of aspects of acute and chronic neck pain mean information can be taken on a specific topic or read through in a logic and progressive order - taking a history, physical examination, imaging, tests and evidence for treatment. One of the best aspects of this book is its utilitarian approach to the evidence ensuring it is strictly evidence based and does not allow for opinion or consensus, only evidence. The current drive for evidence based practice is significant and more books should be written in this objective manner. Overall a very good book and a excellent addition to any physiotherapists bookshelf.


Practical Electrotherapy: A Guide to Safe Application, 1e
Practical Electrotherapy: A Guide to Safe Application, 1e
by John Edward Fox MSc MCSP
Edition: Spiral-bound

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Practical Electrotherapy, 28 May 2007
John Fox and Tim Sharp's `Practical electrotherapy; a guide to safe practice, is a good book to introduce students and newly qualified physiotherapists to electrotherapy or to refresh their memories when in the work place. The size and layout of the book are good. The diagrams and images are useful to relate to practical use and the text layout -Technique theory, practical application, research and comprehensive references is easy to use and evidence based. The chapters are well laid out to cover the majority of electrotherapy modalities. Explanation as to the treatment effect related to patient condition and contraindications is great as a guide to know which modality to use on which patient supported by the evidence that backs it up.

A link to a web resource would be a great addition, although as it stands Practical electrotherapy is a useful tool for the physiotherapist.


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