Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists: Screening for Referral Edition 5

by Catherine C. Goodman

Following the standards for competency established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) related to conducting a screening examination, Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists, 5th Edition gives you a consistent way to screen for systemic diseases and medical conditions that can mimic neuromuscular and musculoskeletal problems. This comprehensive text centers on a 5-step screening model that covers past medical history, risk factor assessment, clinical presentation, associated signs and symptoms, and review of symptoms for each client.

  • 5-Step screening model for differential diagnosis includes past medical history, risk factor assessment, clinical presentation, associated signs and symptoms, and review of symptoms.
  • Systems-based approach to the physical therapy screening interview provides a consistent way to screen for systemic disease and medical conditions that can mimic neuromuscular and musculoskeletal problems.
  • Three sections of content present material in a logical way that covers:
    • An introduction to the screening process
    • Viscerogenic causes of neuromusculoskeletal pain and dysfunction
    • System origins of neuromusculoskeletal pain and dysfunction
  • Cognitive processing and reasoning orientation approach encourages you to gather and analyze data, pose and solve problems, infer, hypothesize, and make clinical judgments.
  • Case examples and case studies give real-world examples of hot to integrate screening information into the diagnosis process.
  • Screening tools in the book and on the Evolve companion website feature forms and checklists used in professional practice.
  • Introductory information on medical screening concepts set the stage for how screening is presented in the rest of the book.
  • Reference values for common clinical laboratory tests offer easy access to pertinent information references in a screening exam.
  • Red flag histories, risk factors, clinical presentation, signs and symptoms, helpful screening clues, and guidelines for referral bring your attention to the important information a therapist needs to be aware of during the screening process.
  • NEW! Full-color design, photos, and illustrations clearly demonstrate pathologies and processes.
  • NEW and UPDATED! Evolve resources include printable screening tools and checklists, practice test questions, and more to enhance your learning.
  • NEW! Hot topics keep you informed on rehabbing patients in the dawn or more current surgeries.

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