The second edition uses a similar approach to that of the first edition. That is, the evidence is examined and application to the clinical setting discussed. In the first edition, the paradigm of contemporary physiotherapy practice was explored. In the second edition, more detailed information is presented about the explicit and implicit assumptions which form the basis of current practice.
"This book is a must for undergraduate libraries and for clinicians wishing to update their approach to clinical decision-making"
-- Review of First Edition , Therapy Weekly, December 1995
"This is an excellent book which I highly recommend to anyone who is serious about manipulative therapy. It makes a very valuable contribution to manipulative therapy knowledge by evaluating clinical practice in light of scientific knowledge"
-- Physiotherapy, March 1996
The section on bone and bone health will be expanded. A new section on ageing bone will be included, and also a section on prevention and management of osteoporosis
The use of questionnaires in the history will be thoroughly revised. The section will be expanded to include more of the appropriate questionnaires and their reliability and validity will be evaluated.
Outcome measures were previously mentioned in various parts of the text. The importance of outcome measures will be made more explicit and will become a whole chapter.
1. The context of musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice
2. Theoretical basis underlying clinical decisions
3. Diagnostic Imaging in musculoskeletal physiotherapy
4. Principles of examination and measurement
5. The history
6. The physical examination
7. Selection and application of treatment
8. Persisting pain: using cognitive-behavioural principles for activity-based pain management