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Muscle and Sensory Testing, 3rd Edition

If you want to excel in the physical therapy field, you’ll need to first master the art of manual muscle testing. Written by a well-known PT expert, Muscle and Sensory Testing, 3rd Edition provides you with everything you need to effectively perform manual muscle and sensory tests – all in one well-organized, easy-to-follow resource. Chapters include an overview of muscle strength assessment and detail precise anatomic testing techniques for upper extremities, lower extremities, and head, neck and trunk; functional muscle tests; tests for mental status, cranial nerves and superficial reflexes; and use of observational gait analysis as a screening tool. Photographs of testing procedures, line drawings of various innervations, and video clips showing manual muscle testing procedures augment your understanding of this important skill area.

  • UNIQUE! Video clips on the companion Evolve website showcase techniques involving muscle tests, handheld dynamometry, sensory and neurologic testing, clinician and patient positioning, and force application.
  • Chapter 6: Techniques of Pediatric Muscle Testing covers the different techniques for manual infant muscle testing that help determine prognosis and treatment.
  • Consistent chapter layout and organization by joint and muscle system allow you to quickly and easily locate the information you need.
  • Instructions for performing hand-held dynamometry of major trunk and extremity muscles are clear and concise to ease your comprehension.
  • Chapter on functional muscle testing demonstrates positioning, examiner instructions, and expected response for patients of all ages.
  • Detailed neurologic exam instructions with photos help you perform accurate screening and interpret exam results.
  • Coverage of techniques such as gravity-resisted testing and gravity-eliminated testing clearly shows you how to perform alternative methods of manual muscle testing.
  • Hundreds of photos and illustrations demonstrate various techniques and landmarks to give you a clear understanding of positioning, stabilization, and common substitutions.
  • Clinical notes highlight useful information about particular symptoms or conditions that you may encounter in practice.
  • Case vignettes challenge you to apply your knowledge to real-world situations and think creatively about clinicalproblems.
  • Overview of normal gait cycle serves as a resource for identifying gait deviations and associated muscle weaknesses.
  • Evaluation of current research methods addresses the validity, reliability, and limitations of muscle testing techniques.
  • Companion Evolve website contains additional, up-to-date information on this topic, such as pediatric data on the hand-held dynamometer.
  • UNIQUE! New video clips on the companion Evolve website demonstrate a screening examination of the cranial nerves, a screening examination of the motor portions of the cranial nerves, and additional pediatric dynamometry tests.
  • EXPANDED! Chapter on techniques of functional muscle testing offers additional tests with proven validity for clients with higher level functioning, such as athletes.
  • UPDATED! Chapter on handheld dynamometry for muscle testing features coverage of pediatric dynamometry not found in other texts.

About the Author

Nancy Berryman Reese, PhD, PT, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

An excellent text it basically gives you everything you need to know about manual muscle testing (MMT) and cranial nerve testing. A great thing about this text is that it has a DVD that shows certain MMT so you can better understand how to perform the tests. The text also isolates and identifies what muscles are being tested as well as the nerves being test. I find that very useful. It has tables with normative values as well.

The pictures are beyond helpful. They aren’t colorings or drawings, but actual PHOTOGRAPHS of how we’re supposed to be testing. Very easy to read and summarizes the most important tips at the very beginnings (i.e. what normal ROM is, where we should be placing instruments, etc). HIghly recommend this product.

We used this book for manual muscle testing and it gave the basics, but had bad stabilization of the patient. We ended up changing a lot of what the book said. It does have thorough information on muscle actions and innervations.

Product Details :

  • Series: Muscle and Sensory Testing
  • Spiral-bound: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 3 edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1437716113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1437716115
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 9 x 10.4 inches

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