By: 1 February 2018
BOOK REVIEW: Physical Examination of the Spine

2nd Revised edition (2017)

Authors: Todd Albert, Alexander Vaccaro

Publisher: Thieme Medical Publishers

From the authors of the bestselling Spine Surgery: Tricks of the Trade, here is the concise ‘how-to’ guide on conducting diagnostic spine exams.

The text begins with a thorough review of the fundamentals, including basic anatomy and neurology, and goes on to systematically outline tests for the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

It is an ideal resource for both beginners and practicing physicians.


Key features include:

  • Nearly 200 high-quality drawings that illustrate motor, sensory, reflex and range-of-motion exams.
  • Special tests for scoliosis and other spine disorders to expand your scope of diagnostic procedures.
  • Succinct and easy-to-understand descriptions for easy mastery of concepts.
  • Well-organized by cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral sections to streamline localisation of specific exams.

This straightforward pictorial aid is the perfect companion for spine surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, chiropractors and neurosurgeons, as well as an ideal orientation for residents. It is a beautifully illustrated review and each procedure is described in a straightforward manner with line drawings demonstrating the majority of the techniques.

From critical anatomy to step-by-step instructional guidelines, it will enhance your examination skills and refresh your understanding of the frequently performed spinal test. As a review of how to perform a thorough neuromotor screening examination and palpatory examination of the spine, this text excels.