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Netter's Orthopaedic Clinical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach (Netter Clinical Science) 3rd Edition

Title: Evolve Resources for Netter's Orthopaedic Clinical Examination, 3rd Edition

Authors: Joshua Cleland, PT, PhD; Shane Koppenhaver, PT, PhD; and Jonathan Su, PT, DPT, LMT
Publisher: Elsevier; Number of pages: 610
Reviewed by: John T. Brinkmann, CPO/LPO, FAAOP(D)

Most people recognize Dr. Netter’s medical illustrations of anatomy and medical care that seem to be ubiquitous in exam rooms and medical textbooks. This reference textbook book uses this standard style of detailed illustration and photographs to illustrate orthopedic clinical examination.

The book begins with a brief introductory chapter on “The Reliability and Diagnostic Utility of the Orthopedic Clinical Examination,” which reviews essential concepts such as reliability, diagnostic accuracy, probability, and assessment of the quality of research studies.  Subsequent chapters begin with a Clinical Summary and Recommendations chart that reviews common patient complaints, questions to ask when taking the patient history, and a summary of the research on Physical Examination (including screening, strength and ROM, and special tests). Each chapter describes the anatomy relevant to a specific region (e.g., Cervical Spine, Hip and Pelvis, Foot and Ankle) and includes charts that summarize the evidence related to reliability, diagnostic utility and outcome measures of assessments for that region. An appendix for each chapter appraises the quality of reliability and diagnostic studies related to these assessments. 

The consistent organization of the information in each chapter, and the extensive use of illustrations, photographs, and charts make this resource easy to use and understand.  The information provided goes well beyond the scope of typical orthotic and prosthetic practice. It is unlikely that this depth of knowledge will be valuable for orthotic and prosthetic decision-making. However, this textbook may be useful for practitioners who regularly work closely with other members of the healthcare team and wish to understand better the assessments performed by physicians, physical therapists, and occupational therapist. 


In summary: In the Preface of this book, the authors describe its purpose as  “...to serve as a textbook for musculoskeletal evaluate courses in an academic setting and to provide a quick, user-friendly guide and reference for clinicians who want to locate the evidence related to the diagnostic utility of commonly utilized tests and measures.” The authors have done an excellent job of structuring a large amount of information in a useful manner to achieve this goal. While this may not be a useful, day-to-day resource for most orthotic and prosthetic clinicians, those practicing in a strong inter-disciplinary context would benefit from the in-depth descriptions of orthopedic examination included in this book.

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