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The Physiotherapist's Pocketbook
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Section 1 Neuromusculoskeletal anatomy Musculoskeletal anatomy illustrations Brachial plexus Lumbosacral plexus Peripheral nerve motor innervation Peripheral nerve sensory innervation Dermatomes Myotomes Reflexes Common locations for palpation of pulses References and further readingSection 2 Musculoskeletal Muscle innervation chart Muscles listed by function Alphabetical listing of muscles The Medical Research Council scale for muscle power Trigger points Normal joint range of movement Average range of segmental movement Close packed positions and capsular patterns for selected joints Common postures Beighton hypermobility score Beighton criteria: diagnostic criteria for benign joint hypermobility syndrome Common classifications of fractures Classification of ligament and muscle sprains Common musculoskeletal tests Neurodynamic tests Precautions with physical neural examination and management Nerve pathways Diagnostic triage for back pain (including red flags) Psychosocial yellow flags Musculoskeletal assessment References and further readingSection 3 Neurology Neuroanatomy illustrations Signs and symptoms of cerebrovascular lesions Signs and symptoms of injury to the lobes of the brain Signs and symptoms of haemorrhage to other areas of the brain Cranial nerves Cranial nerves Key features of upper and lower motor neurone lesions Functional implications of spinal cord injury Glossary of neurological terms Neurological tests Modified Ashworth scale Neurological assessment References and further readingSection 4 Respiratory Respiratory anatomy illustrations Respiratory volumes and capacities Chest X-rays Auscultation Percussion note Interpreting blood gas values Respiratory failure Nasal cannula Sputum analysis Modes of mechanical ventilation Cardiorespiratory monitoring ECGs Biochemical and haematological studies Treatment techniques Tracheostomies Respiratory assessment References and further readingSection 5 Pathology Alphabetical listing of pathologies Diagnostic imaging Electrodiagnostic testsSection 6 Pharmacology Drug classes A-Z of drugs Prescription abbreviations Further readingSection 7 Appendices Maitland symbols Grades of mobilization/manipulation Abbreviations Prefixes and suffixes Adult basic life support Paediatric basic life support Conversions and units Laboratory values Physiotherapy management of the spontaneously breathing, acutely breathless patient

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BSc(Hons), BA(Hons), MCSP, Department of Physiotherapy,Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

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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 hightlighting 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.
Nicholas Downing, Physiotherapy student, University of Birmingham

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