On my last product review, I discussed my experience at the Scrape, Tape, and Move CEU course. You can view that post here.
This week, I’m highlighting The Guide to Efficient Physical Therapy Examination by Dr. Jim Heafner PT, DPT, OCS. He is a regular contributor to The Student Physical Therapist and OPTIM Manual Therapy websites and posts videos regularly on his Instagram page, @heafnerhealth.
If you would like my 15 second review, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
This is a 64 page e-book covering how to go about performing an efficient clinical examination. I’ve been practicing for about 9 months now and this is still definitely a struggle.
Dr. Heafner starts his e-book with an introduction explaining the need for “an examination process that is thorough, reproducible, and efficient”.
He also goes on to discuss the difference between pathoanatomy and pathokinesiology and which is more supported by research.
Next, he discusses 3 Key Examination Points which help to guide the examination of different body regions.
The actual examination portions of the e-book are broken into the following sections with the number of pages highlighted by parentheses
- Lumbar (17 pages)
- Shoulder (14 pages)
- Neck (13 pages)
- Knee (11 pages)
Each section contains information regarding the most efficient ways to implement different tests that include
- Safety/red flag screening
- Range of motion/muscle length testing
- Accessory motion
- Neurological/neurodynamic tests
- Movement tests
- Special tests
- Functional tests such as gait and squatting
- Special tests
He also breaks these tests down into test positions to maximize efficiency. An example of that, which was included in the product description, is located below.
Throughout these different tests and measures, Dr. Heafner also provided several reminders and clinical pearls. An example of this, which was also part of the product description, is located below.
After page 57, Dr. Heafner goes into detail about how to actually structure a treatment session. He utilizes a question and answer format to illustrate his treatment paradigm. He also provides his Rule for Manual Therapy.
I believe this treatment session was a great addition to an e-book that was primarily concerned with conducting an efficient examination.
Here is a bullet-point summary of what you would get out of this e-book:
- Explanation of pathoanatomy vs pathokinesiology
- Three Key Examination Points
- 18 total clinical pearls/reminders of key points throughout the text
- 4 examination sections (54 pages total) for the lumbar spine, shoulder, cervical spine, and knee
- Treatment Paradigm for sequencing a treatment session
- Rule for Manual Therapy
- Four one-page templates for easy review during an examination
Here is an example of a sample template he provides on his product description.
Overall, I really really enjoyed reading through this e-book. I took several items away from each session that were readily applicable to practice. It’s also only $42.99 which I think is great.