Orthopaedics for the Physical Therapist Assistant

Orthopaedics for the Physical Therapist Assistant
2nd Ed.
2019 © Jones & Bartlett Learning
Mark Dutton, PT
ISBN-13: 978-1-284-13931-0
eISBN-13: 978-1-284-13932-7
Physical Therapy, Orthopedics/Orthopaedics


Boasting a new full-color design, Orthopaedics for the Physical Therapist Assistant, Second Edition provides students with evidence-based guidelines for the assessment and rehabilitation of the orthopaedic patient. After considering the fundamental knowledge and skills needed by the PTA student, the text then explores therapeutic activities and the orthopaedic management of specific joints. These joint chapters follow a uniform structure that considers relevant anatomy and kinesiology, examination techniques, common pathologies, and the various strategies and techniques with which they can be addressed.

Orthopaedics for the Physical Therapist Assistant utilizes a range of pedagogical features to improve learning and retention. These include Chapter Objectives that assist students in identifying key learning outcomes; Key Point boxes that emphasize important concepts, and Case Studies that allow students to apply their knowledge. Each chapter ends with Review Questions that test retention of key concepts.

Features and Benefits

  • • Features a full-color design, enhancing the presentation of anatomical illustrations and examination photos
  • • Includes a chapter on general orthopaedic conditions impacting multiple joints and systems
  • • Incorporates a chapter on clinical decision-making, emphasizing how and when to progress a patient
  • • Expands coverage of therapeutic exercise, including through the addition of a chapter on cardiovascular conditioning
  • • Features case studies emphasizing application of key concepts
  • • Instructor Resources: Slides in PowerPoint format, Image Bank

Doody's Reviews

Score: 94/100
4/5 Stars
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This thorough and well-organized book reflects current trends in practice, evidence, and the impact on educating PTAs who are involved in orthopedic patient care. As physical therapists' expertise and autonomy of practice flourishes, all healthcare providers need to be held to a high standard of education regardless of their role."

-- Jason Oliver, PTA (McLeod-Trahan-Sheffield Physical Therapy Services ) Doody's Review


The intended readers are PTA students and practicing clinicians studying orthopedics. It is also valuable for physical therapists who are either part of, or supervise, a PT and PTA team in the orthopedic setting.

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