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The 3-Minute Musculoskeletal & Peripheral Nerve Exam [Paperback]

Alan Miller MD , Kimberly DiCuccio Heckert MD , Brian A. Davis MD
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Book Description

August 1, 2008 1933864265 978-1933864266 1
With over 200 techniques available for examining different muscles and joints, it is impractical to accurately remember them all. But now there is a shortcut: The 3-Minute Musculoskeletal & Peripheral Nerve Exam is a clear, concise, and accessible reference for conducting a thorough musculoskeletal and peripheral nerve examination in a clinical setting.

With a consistent presentation of each examination technique, this pocket-sized guide is both a tutorial for students and a reference for experienced practitioners. Each examination includes detailed photographs of models with labeled structures, and a standard format that covers:

  • What action the patient performs
  • What action the examiner performs
  • Findings that indicate a positive test
  • What the positive test signifies

Covering a comprehensive collection of the conditions for which a patient would seek medical care, The 3-Minute Musculoskeletal & Peripheral Nerve Exam features:

  • Small, discreet trim size, perfect for quick review prior to seeing a patient
  • Extensive use of detailed photographs for each exam
  • A section on the American Spinal Cord Injury Association examination and classification protocols
  • An illustrative tutorial on gait and posture
  • A comprehensive table of clinically relevant muscles and their action, location for EMG/Botox needle placement and nerve/root innervation
  • A quick reference guide to all of these conditions and procedures

The 3-Minute Musculoskeletal & Peripheral Nerve Exam will aid in the evaluation of joint problems through physical exam maneuvers and will teach the detection of muscle weakness and the examination of peripheral nerves and reflexes. It is an essential means of quick reference for residents and clinicians in physiatry, neurology, pain medicine, orthopedics, internal medicine, and family practice.

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"The illustrations, diagrams, and tables of the musculoskeletal exam are the highlights of this quick reference. The step-by-step exam explanations are perfect for trainees, providing medical students, residents, therapists, and some practitioners with a great resource. It also serves well as a teaching reference for trainees and primary care providers." - Susan Hillary Nack, DO (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago),-- Doody Reviews (Doody Reviews 2010-05-03)

About the Author

Alan Miller, MD is a pain fellow at the Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kimberly Heckert, MD is a stroke fellow at Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Brian A. Davis, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of PM&R at the University of California Davis Medical Center.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing; 1 edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933864265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933864266
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended!!! October 19, 2008
By M. Chan
I absolutely love this book! It's small, handy and has tons of pictures to easily highlight what and how to examine. Also, has very useful, detailed drawings of each nerve that are clinically relevant. I'm in Family Practice and some parts of this book are beyond me (EMG, detailed muscle innervation/needle placement info, cord injury info), but 80% of the book is what I was taught in medical school and can't remember for those 5 patients a month that need a thorough exam. I also like how well and concisely it's organized.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pocket Book March 4, 2009
This book is a quick and easy guide to musculoskeletal and peripheral nerve exams. It's very portable, easy to read and find information. Has detailed photographs for each exam and drawings of each relevant nerve. Would recommend this book to physicians in primary care, neurology, PM&R and Pain Medicine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a pocket full of important information November 9, 2008
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an excellent resource for the medical practitioner and student; full of concise information on MSK and peripheral nerve exams
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for reference and review June 8, 2009
This book was a gift for a friend who is an RN in a regional hospital in Arizona. Here are her comments:

"Our ER out here in cowboy country sees lots of seasonal rodeo injuries. This little book is a good, quick reference for our permanent staff, as well as medical students and residents rotating through. I especially like chapter 6, Spinal Chord Injury Exam, and the references and resources at the back. Thanks!"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Leaning toward a 3 and a half May 5, 2014
By stevens
This book is older, but I like the time-saving approach, it's not too simplistic and it is a pocket.
Yes there is no perfect book and you have to see what you like.


Do avoid the following ~$80 paperback with only 132 pages and not so good reviews:
Pocket Guide to Musculoskeletal Diagnosis (Musculoskeletal Medicine) (2009).
And the following contains errors:
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pocketpedia Paperback by Matthew Shatzer DO (Author)

Mbe check out:
Quick Clinical Reference Physical Assessment Manual, Spiral by Nikita A. Vizniak (2010)
Quick Reference Evidence-Based Conditions Manual 3rd edition, Spiral by Nikita Vizniak (2010)

BUT, it'll mean a trip to the bookstore to see inside. Or go here..
prohealthsys dot com slash zencentral slash index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=6
Also has some online orthopedic assessment rules
prohealthsys dot com slash site slash resources slash assessment slash clinical-prediction-rules-diagnosis slash
(mostly for chiros, PTs, physiatry (PM&R) students)

Mbe also chekc
Lippincott's Primary Care Orthopaedics, Hardcover by Paul A. Lotke MD (Author) (2013) - more comprehensive than a pocket
and I like the "Not to be Missed" sections for each condition
Neurological Examination Made Easy, 5e Paperback by Geraint Fuller MD FRCP (2013) is good
And if you are really into neuro and want videos - this one offers 110 for way under $30
Neurological Clinical Examination Paperback by John Morris (Author) (2012)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy August 30, 2013
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Easy read, it fits in my pocket, and it was a good price. I am glad i bought this book.
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