Summary and Info
This work presents diagnostic categories of shoulder impairements (physical therapy problems) that are outlined in the "Guide to Physical Therapy Practice". This approach to shoulder conditions is based on clustering common impairments and functional problems rather than the medical diagnoses, such as adhesive capsulitis, and primary and secondary impingement problems. The result is a book on common orthopaedic conditions that presents a specific framework for the practising physical therapist to develop pathways for effective and consistent clinical management. The goal of the book as stated in the Guide is to be a first step toward the development of clinical guidelines, in that it classifies patients and identifies the range of current options for care. The book covers the anatomy and functional inter-relationships of the upper quarter; introduces problem-solving in assessment of the shoulder girdle complex; discusses the therapeutic exercise prescription; covers the rehabilitation of the neurologic shoulder; and discusses the rehabilitation of kinematic shoulder injuries.