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INTRODUCTION

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The Color Atlas of Physical Therapy textbook provides images and detailed information about a wide variety of diagnoses. There are 280 of the more common diagnoses that are seen by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. The book provides quick and easy detailed information that is all in one place: from etiology, differential diagnosis, impairments, functional goals, references, and patient resources. Each diagnosis is broken out into six sections and outlined with the same format.

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The first group of information includes the name of the diagnosis, contributing authors, Conditions/Synonyms, ICD 9 and ICD 10 codes, American Physical Therapy Association: Guide to Physical Therapy Practice Patterns and a patient presentation. Many diagnoses are known by similar names or have diagnoses that are closely related. The ICD 9 and ICD 10 information is provided and as practitioners switch this information is easy to find. The Guide to Physical Therapy Practice lays out a framework of patterns for examination and treatment categories. The patient presentation is included to help the clinician identify common patterns to combine with the images that are imbedded within the chapter.

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The second group of information is under the category Key Features. Under key features of the diagnosis are the description, essentials of diagnosis, general considerations, and demographics. The description provides details about what the diagnosis is and information that describes the diagnosis. The essentials of diagnosis section describe the information that is needed to assist in making the diagnosis. Under general considerations, information is provided about implications in rehabilitation, possible secondary effects, and complications that may occur. The demographics are provided to get a better sense of the population that is usually affected. Incidence rates are provided when possible.

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The third group of information is under the category Clinical Findings. Under clinical findings are the signs and symptoms, functional implications, possible contributing causes, and differentials diagnoses. The signs and symptoms are helpful in recognizing other potential problems and can be used to identify a grouping of signs and symptoms. Many practitioners use the signs and symptoms to determine severity or to rule in or out other differential diagnoses. The section of functional implications are important as this information is not always readily available and can assist the practitioner in considering functional activities that maybe limited. Possible contributing causes provides information on the causes if known and may also help in future patient education in limiting further progression or prevention of the dysfunction.

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The fourth group of information is under the heading of Medical Interventions. Under the medical interventions section, one finds the means of confirming a diagnosis that can include imaging, medical tests, and interventional diagnosis techniques along with the findings and interpretations of these tests. It also includes medical treatments such as surgical procedures and common medications. This provides very good information and other options that maybe available for the patient. The group ends with referral/admittance that is a list of some ...

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