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Rehabilitation of the Spine:
A Practitioner's Manual, Second Edition


by Craig Liebenson DC

The foremost authorities from chiropractics, orthopaedics and physical therapy present a practical overview of spinal rehabilitation. This clinical resource presents the most current and significant spinal rehab information, showing how to apply simple and inexpensive rehabilitation in the office. The updated Second Edition includes clinical/regional protocols and chapters on diagnostic triage, acute care, functional assessment, recovery care, outcomes, and biopsychosocial aspects.

A bonus DVD offers demonstrations of key therapies and procedures.

972 pages

[Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction:] Updates the 1983 edition to mark the transition of the trigger point concept from a syndrome of unknown etiology to an experimentally established neuromuscular disease entity. Also addresses the close interaction between myofascial trigger points and articular dysfunctions at nearly every point examined. Covers pain in the head and neck; upper back, shoulder, and arms; forearms and hands; and torso. Assumes readers to be health care professionals or students who are well trained, or intend to be, in muscle anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, necessary palpitation skills, and recognizing and resolving perpetuating factors.

[Essentials of Skeletal Radiology:] A comprehensive text on the radiology of skeletal disorders, for students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners.   For this revised edition, color has been added to enhance readability and accentuate important points; a medicolegal implications sections follows many of the conditions discussed; algorithms are used in the chapter on the natural history of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis; a section on mnemonics appears at the end of each volume as a learning aid; new diagrams have been added, as well as new radiographic images; and the case material has been augmented with bone scans, CT, and MR imaging to reflect the technological revolution in musculoskeletal diagnosis.   Updated references reflect the literature of most significant merit.

[Essentials of Skeletal Radiology]

[Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities] Discusses common conditions encountered by chiropractors, including musculoskeletal, neurologic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and cardiopulmonary complaints.   Each section presents an introduction, a general strategy for diagnosis, a brief discussion of relevant anatomy and physiology, a more detailed discussion of history and examination clues, management and evaluation issues with regard to the chiropractor's role, diagnostic algorithms and a discussion of related conditions.

[Sports Injuries of the Shoulder : Conservative
Management] With the increased athletic demand for post-surgical function, a new appreciation for the biomechanics of the shoulder complex has developed, particularly with regard to the general concept of stability and the requisite, balanced muscular demands to maintain the stability.   This text synthesizes current information into a practical approach in the evaluation, conservative treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries, for sports-related practitioners as well as others whose patients are amenable to conservative care.   The volume is divided into five sections: functional anatomy and biomechanics, the history and physical examination, radiographic and special imaging, specific disorders, and treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention.

[Whiplash Injuries : The Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome] This is the 2nd edition of the groundbreaking text on whiplash. The new text is 25% larger than the first, and includes completely new chapters on treatment, TMJ injuries, and advanced diagnostic imaging. Chapters on biomechanics, physical examination, and long- and short-term effects of soft tissue injuries have undergone major rewrites to incorporate new information published in the peer-reviewed literature. A new chapter on treatment covers the effects of manipulation, clinical effects of traction, immobilization and physical therapy, and treatment protocols for the difference stages of injury is included. Dr. Darryl Curl contributed with a complete rewrite of the chapter on TMJ injuries.

You might also enjoy Art's Dynamic Chiropractic articles. There's 73 to choose from.

[Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries] The contributors represent the specialties of rehabilitation medicine, radiology, neurology, chiropractic, engineering, and law. They are from chiropractic colleges, academic medical centers, research institutes, and private practices primarily in California, with a few from Orgeon, New York, and Japan.

[Clinical Anatomy and Management of Cervical Spine Pain] Contributions from anatomy, pathology, biomechanics, clinical medicine, neurosurgery, chiropractic, osteopathy and physiotherapy highlight the value of a team approach to appreciating the complexity of neck pain and a range of treatment approaches. Section one provides an overview of the neuroanatomy of the cervical spine. Section two details the clinical anatomy, pathology and biomechanics of the cervical spine. Section three covers diagnosis and management.

[Best Practices in Clinical Chiropractic] Articles from five years of the journal offer a clinical approach to topics such as record keeping, history taking, evaluating soft tissue pain, and deciding how much care is needed. Chapters are grouped in sections on primary care, optimizing practice, and special issues, with material on areas including boundary issues, headache management, and differentiating mechanical pain from visceral pain. Includes lists of Internet resources. Mootz is associate medical director for chiropractic for the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries in Olympia, Washington. Vernon is associate dean of research and director of the Center for the Study of Spinal Health at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.

Contributions from leaders in the field of sports chiropractic, reprinted from five years of and updated with recent information, illuminate the growing role of the chiropractor in injury management and prevention. Includes support documents for exercise testing, pre-test history, and informed consent, tables and algorithms, and b&w photos of stretches, tests, and techniques. Mootz is associate medical director for chiropractic for the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries in Olympia, Washington. McCarthy is dean of Palmer College of Chiropractic-West in San Jose, California.

[Guidelines for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and Practice Parameter] This document created a flurry of discontent by reviewing the literature on diagnosis and treatment, and then rating all aspects by the strength of it's support. You can review the "Major Recommendations" here.

[Principles and Practice of Chiropractic] The volume is a product of the work of the leading authorities in the fields of history, neurophysiology, spinal biomechanics, sociology and clinical chiropractic.   Compiled as an overview text for undergraduate chiropractic students and introduction to the current principles and practices of chiropractic for members of other healing professions.

[The Chiropractic Theories : Principles and Clinical Applications] For chiropractic practitioners and students, this is a concise, scientific survey of chiropractic theories based on current research. The material is organized by individual chiropractic theories, including all relevant scientific and medical literature. Sections include philosophy, terminology, and history of the field, describes theories of the pathophysiology of segmental dysfunction and the vertebral subluxation complex, and new to the third edition is a chapter on Cerebrospinal Pump Aberration Hypothesis Model of Subluxation.

[Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease] The Bible of pathology textbooks.   Covers the current understanding of biomecular origins of disease, and the dynamics and development of clinical diseases from their early beginnings through dysfunctions caused by lesions, to the clinical implications.   Incorporates current molecular, immunologic, and other techniques that enhance accurate interpretation and diagnosis.   While written for the medical practitioner, it provides essential knowledge to chiropractors understanding and diagnosis of systemic disease states and current medical approaches to treatment.

[Medicine, Monopolies, and Malice] This is the story of a courageous group of chiropractors who charged the powerful American Medical Association with an antitrust suit and won.   Chiropractic was apparently just a little too successful for the medical establishment's liking.   Dr. Wilk and his colleagues had the scientific studies to prove it. Thanks to them, Americans retain the ability to choose how they want their spines cared for.

[Chiropractic : An Illustrated History] The history and evolution of chiropractic, from the beginning of health care to the present profession, is presented in this beautifully illustrated reference. The book features color reproductions of art, as well as photographs from archives around the world, and contributions from respected historians, archivists, practitioners, and academic professionals

[Orthopaedic Neurology : A Diagnostic Guide to Neurologic Levels] "...a classic monograph that serves as a diagnostic guide to neurologic levels for residents in both orthopedics and neurology."

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