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This book describes testing techniques for joint range of motion and muscle length testing, and the DVD that comes with the book demonstrates the techniques. This is an update of the 2002 edition.
The purpose of this study was to improve the first edition, providing clinicians and students with a more comprehensive manual. The addition of the DVD and a chapter on pediatric range of motion as well as the update on the literature all help to achieve this goal.
The book is designed to be used by students and clinicians who are required to take range of motion measurements and test the length of muscles. Because the book covers testing of the spine, upper extremities, and lower extremities, it is primarily geared toward those in the physical therapy profession.
The sections cover joint range of motion and muscle length testing of the upper extremities, the lower extremities, and the head, neck, and trunk and conclude with a chapter detailing the reliability and validity of testing of each body segment. Chapters use the same format to enable readers to easily go through the material. The DVD and the line drawings clarify how each procedure is done, which is helpful for students learning this for the first time. An appendix at the end of the book includes sample recording forms and normative values for range of motion in adults for the spine and extremities. Although each chapter has a sufficient amount of references, one weakness of the book is that several of the references are older than 10 years, and the latest editions of some books are not used, despite being published within at least the last 2 years. However, even with this weakness, the book still offers a well-structured format that is easy to follow for performing joint and muscle length testing.
Overall, this is a good update of the previous edition, especially with the addition of the DVD, the chapter on pediatric range of motion, and the changes in graphics. Although the references in the book are older, the technique of range of motion testing has not changed significantly over the years. Therefore, the book is still a good contribution to the field and useful, especially for students.
Reviewer: Michelle Finnegan, DPT, OCS, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT (Bethesda Physiocare)