The New Edition of A Practical Approach to Musculoskeletal Medicine has been Released

Elaine Atkins, Jill Kerr, and Emily Goodland return for the fourth edition of their comprehensive textbook, now titled A Practical Approach to Musculoskeletal Medicine. This edition extends upon the work of its original authors, Elaine Atkins and Monica Kesson, and offers evidence-based guidance to medical practitioners, physiotherapists and other specialists in the non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. As in prior editions, intervention is built on the foundations of musculoskeletal practice developed in the Cyriax approach, and this edition continues to honor, uphold and further supplement the original work of Dr. James Cyriax.

The fourth edition is organized into two main sections of Principles and Practice of musculoskeletal medicine. A third section provides additional resources for clinicians. Section 1 gives an overview of referred symptoms and the Cyriax approach to assessment. Section 2 encompasses the majority of the text and is divided according to regional anatomy, with chapters on the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, cervical spine, and others. For each region, the authors provide a brief overview of the relevant functional anatomy and guide the reader through the process of musculoskeletal examination and treatment.

The fourth edition is designed as both a clinical resource and student learning tool in accordance with the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine’s Masters in Science for Musculoskeletal Medicine. In addition to the new organization scheme, this edition has added review questions and case scenarios at the end of each chapter. The text also includes updated illustrations and images relevant to clinical practice, as well as an expanded online learning resource via the Evolve website.


  • Clear and logical organization scheme
  • Emphasis on current evidence-based practice
  • Detailed illustrations and photographs
  • Practice case scenarios and online resources


  • Treatment techniques favor and detail manual therapy interventions, but exclude considerations for exercise- or modality-based interventions.
  • Review questions, though a welcome addition, may fall short on recapping the depth of information presented in the chapters

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