In a previous post I mentioned attending CSM in Nashville this past weekend. I forgot to mention the great book I purchased from OPTP.
Orthopedic Physical Examination Tests: An Evidence-Based Approach by Dr. Chad Cook and Dr. Eric Hegedus is a great text book and reference for students, clinicians, and educators. This text (available on Amazon for around $50 – see link above) seeks to describe the usefulness and scientific evidence for many of the special tests we use as Physical Therapists. It offers specificity and sensitivity data for each test and determines a usefulness score based on the quality of the studies that have supported the given test. This will lead to high quality and more efficient exams for sure.
I also have the Orthopaedic Clinical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach for Physical Therapists book by Dr. Josh Cleland. Like the book by Cook and Hegedus, this book helps clinicans determine the best tests for screening by Physical Therapists.
These two books are must-have’s for all clinicians who want to offer the highest quality care through best practice.