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.


Nashville, Tennessee was the hosting city for the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) this year, February 6th-9th.  If you are a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist assistant, or Physical Therapy student – and haven’t attended one of these conferences – you are really missing out. 

 Regardless of you interests you can find something at CSM.  I attended some great sessions on examination and treatment of the wrist, manual therapy for the upper extremity, classification of neck pain, lower extremity tendinopathies, and screening the lower quarter.  Of course, each of these educational sessions were led by leaders in the profession. 

 The platform presentations are great too.  Short (15-20 minute) presentations of ongoing or in press research straight from those involved.  I found it to be very useful in learning what new research will be coming out in the literature soon.  Just a heads up – keep your eyes open for a Clinical Prediction Rule (CPR) for success with cervical traction. 


It looks like Physical Therapy students may have something to cheer about soon (at least those working with veterans, children, and adolescents)

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