This is the first diagnosis book written by PTs for PTs that is based on how patients come into the clinic...by their presenting symptom, not by organ system! A pioneering team of practitioners and educators address the growing need for PTs to determine whether a patient's condition is appropriate for physical therapy...to identify the relevant underlying pathology...and to ensure that a serious condition has not been overlooked. Practical, well organized, and easy to use, it's a resource that you'll consult every day when evaluating and formulating treatment plans for both adults and children. It demonstrates how to organize the history and examination interview, and to interpret the findings using a 'process' that helps to determine what is the most likely type and source of the pathology. It organizes the content by the presenting primary symptom. It uses outlines, lists, and tables within each symptom chapter to make reference easy.
It follows a standard format throughout each symptom chapter that includes: brief description of the symptom and its variations; red flags indicating the need for special concern; tables of possible conditions, organized by how common or rare they are; identifies conditions that might require emergency or urgent attention; describes the differential diagnosis of each symptom, with careful attention to the findings in the history and examination; discusses each of the conditions listed in the table of possible diagnoses, focusing on the key findings that would rule a condition more or less likely; lists tests that might be needed to reach a definitive differential diagnosis; and facilitates decision making regarding whether physical therapy is...not indicated, indicated after referral or consultation with another healthcare practitioner, or appropriate without additional referral or consultation.show more