The third edition of A comprehensive introduction to physiotherapy in neurological conditions by Martin and Kessler provides a good overview of the range of conditions usually encountered in both adult & paediatric neurology.
The book is divided into three sections, with the first section providing a thorough introduction to the structure, function and pathophysiology of the nervous system, as well as concise explanations of motor control, motor learning and motor development.
The second section of the book is dedicated to paediatric issues, with an extremely practical chapter on Positioning and Handling to Foster Motor Functions, which includes a large number of illustrations and photographs to demonstrate appropriate positions, use of aids and supports and treatment techniques. There are also chapters on cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele and a range of genetic disorders, which are clearly and concisely described. The introductory chapter to this section discusses how to establish realistic goals, how to develop effective interventions and also how to teach management strategies to parents and carers.
The third section covers adult neurology, and consists of one chapter devoted to PNF as a treatment technique, complete with a series of diagrams and photographs demonstrating the different PNF patterns. The remaining chapters are dedicated to Cerebrovascular Accidents, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries and “Other neurological disorders” which has subsections on Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Guillain Barre Syndrom and post polio syndrome.
At the beginning of each chapter there is a box with a list of learning objectives. At the end of each chapter there are review questions which relate to the objectives, and the condition-specific chapters also include case studies. There is a long reference list at the end of each chapter.
Also included is a comprehensive online resource linked to the book, which contains a collection of illustrated interventions and video clips, interactive case studies and study guide questions.
- Provides a thorough grounding in neuroanatomy and pathophysiology.
- Excellent summaries of neurological conditions encountered in both adults and children.
- Good structure within the chapters, with clear summaries, learning objectives and review questions.
- High number of pertinent illustrations and photographs within the book.
- Useful online resource that allows a clinician to download and print the illustrations on interventions and positioning.
A small number of the photographed instructions for certain transfers and interventions in the adult section are dated and include techniques that some therapists would not be comfortable using or teaching.
This comprehensive text provides a detailed view of both the conditions commonly encountered in neurological practice, as well as an overview of the neurological system, its anatomy and pathophysiology. The precise guidance on treatment goals, and positioning, handling and interventions is extremely useful, and this book has the benefit of an additional online resource. This book will be extremely useful as a reference for physiotherapy departments and clinicians who are interested in the management of the neurologically impaired adult or child. The authors state their intention to address “the role of the physical therapist assistant in the treatment of children and adults with neurologic deficits”, and I consider that this book certainly achieves that aim.