Book Review


Title: The Rehabilitation Specialist's Handbook
Author: Jules M. Rothstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA, Serge H. Roy, ScD, PT, Steven L. Wolf, PhD, PT, FAPTA, David A. Scalzitti, PT, PhD, OCS
Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; Number of pages:1074
Reviewed by: Alicia J. Davis, MPA, CPO, FAAOP

It's no surprise that The Rehabilitation Specialist's Handbook is now in its fourth edition. The book's editors present an excellent overview of rehabilitation for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, but any rehabilitation clinician will find it a useful resource. The book's information is presented in outline format, which makes finding specific information quick and efficient.

The text is nicely divided into four sections: Tools Essential for Practice, Body Systems, Specialty Areas of Practice, and finally, Resources for Practice. A very brief thumb-through easily familiarizes the reader with the book's organization and makes accessing the information intuitive.

The fourth edition has been significantly updated and now includes sections on women's health, oncology, genetics, and geriatrics. It has also been updated to reflect the technological advancements that expand resources for practice in prosthetics, orthotics, wheelchairs, and seating. Specific to this new edition, there are also full-color tables and more than 400 new illustrations. Photographs and digital images effectively convey information to the reader. Along with the full-color graphs and tables, each section is marked with color-coordinated tabs that allow the reader to find the resource material almost instantaneously.

One of the book's strengths is its comprehensive references. For example, the musculoskeletal section includes reviews of skeletal anatomy, musculoskeletal anatomy, and examination. For range of motion, it gives the scales endorsed by both the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. It also provides the most common references on manual muscle testing and muscle grading scales.

The section on the integumentary system is of particular interest to O&P professionals. It is an excellent overview of wound healing, burns, ulcerations, and the clinical management of these areas—all in one place and easily referenced.

The section on prosthetics is well-written and comprehensive in its scope and specificity. The 35 tables are very well done and offer a thorough treatment of the subject. While the section on orthotics is not as in-depth, it does an excellent job describing the forces and motions required to control a body segment as well as formulation of an orthotic prescription.

In summary: This book is a well-organized, easily accessed, and comprehensive reference guide that will be helpful to any rehabilitation clinician.

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