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Old 22-11-2008, 12:52 PM   #1
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Default Recommendations on books with orthopedic tests?

I feel my skills in the testing dept have gotten a little dull. So I'm looking for a book or something to help me sharpen 'em up a bit. And I want a resource that is evidence oriented... I'm sure some of the old tests can be retired.

I was looking at this: Differentiation, Examination and Treatment of Movement Disorders in Manual Therapy

But it doesn't have any reviews. Can anybody recommend this book - or do you have another book you'd like to recommend on the subject.
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Old 22-11-2008, 01:17 PM   #2
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Just one:Orthopedic Clinical Examination by Cleland. Throw out most of the others.
Not just a catalog of tests, it has their statistics included - reliability and other measures. This is the only orthopedic testing book you need.
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I use Flynn's handbook: The User's Guide to Musculoskeletal Examination. It includes a cdROM with video of each test. It also has all the reliability, validity, etc.

Jason, do you know is this one just a mini version of the Cleland book? Cleland and Whitman are co-authors.
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I use Flynn's handbook: The User's Guide to Musculoskeletal Examination. .....
Jason, do you know is this one just a mini version of the Cleland book? Cleland and Whitman are co-authors.
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Good question, don't know. I have the smaller one also and have been for some time unable to locate my Cleland text. This usually means that I have loaned it to someone and they have not returned it [IOW, i'll never see it again]. I nearly didn't get my Explain Pain book back once. Close one.
Of course I still have on my bookshelf books I had to get for school years and years ago, but for some reason no one wants to borrow Cyriax's Orthopedic Medicine(or, how to inject every joint in the body) or Magee's Orthopedic Physical Assessment (or, Hey - here's a list of every test I've ever heard about - isn't that fun?).

I really need to winnow the books a bit.
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I would recommend Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapists. It's not so much about testing, however, as it is about reasoning, so it might not be what you're looking for.. but it's pretty good. It contains mostly case studies and detailed deconstruction of the thought processes inherent in being an astute manual therapist. There is a chapter in there by Butler, another by Israel Zvulun (who used to moderate at NOI) and many others whose names are recognizable. Check out what Israel has to say about skin stretch as a diagnostic tool (not so much about why he thinks it's a useful treatment tool - fairly mesodermal-esque I'm afraid...).

The book is openly frank about the perceptual pitfalls inherent in the historicity of manual therapy, which I appreciate. My impression overall is that it's saying look, manual therapists not only have brains, but we know how to use 'em, see?
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Just one:Orthopedic Clinical Examination by Cleland. Throw out most of the others.
Not just a catalog of tests, it has their statistics included - reliability and other measures. This is the only orthopedic testing book you need.
Think I had that somewhere in the back of my head. With your recommendation and Netter illustrations I guess it's a winner. I've ordered it. Thanks.

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I would recommend Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapists. It's not so much about testing, however, as it is about reasoning, so it might not be what you're looking for.. but it's pretty good. It contains mostly case studies and detailed deconstruction of the thought processes inherent in being an astute manual therapist.
Added it to my wishlist, definitively seems worthy of a read.
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