Scientific Foundations and Principles of Practice in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

Scientific Foundations and Principles of Practice in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

By David J. Magee, PhD, BPT, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; James E. Zachazewski, DPT, SCS, ATC, Director, Rehabilitation Services, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Graduate Programs in Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA; and William S. Quillen, PT, PhD, SCS, FACSM, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Medicine; Director, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL


1. Injury, Inflammation, and Repair: Tissue Mechanics, the Healing Process, and Their Impact on the Musculoskeletal System

2. Ligament Injuries: Pathophysiology, Healing, and Treatment Considerations

3. Tendon Pathology and Injuries: Pathophysiology, Healing and Treatment Considerations

4. Adaptability of Skeletal Muscle: Response to Increased and Decreased Use

5. Skeletal Muscle: Deformation, Injury and Repair, and Treatment Considerations

6. Bone Biology and Mechanics

7. Cartilage of Human Joints and Related Structures

8. Peripheral Nerve: Structure, Function, and Physiology

9. Articular Neurophysiology and Sensorimotor Control

10. Pain: Perception and Mechanisms

11. Physiological Basis of Physical Agents

12. Pharmacology and Its Impact on the Rehabilitation Process

13. Effects of Aging-Growth Changes and Lifespan Concerns (0-40)

14. Effects of Aging: Growth Changes and Lifespan Concerns Ages 40+


15. Rehabilitation Program Development: Clinical Decision Making, Prioritization, and Program Integration

16. Clinician?s Roles in Health Promotion, Wellness, and Physical Fitness

17. Physiological Principles of Conditioning for the Injured and Disabled

18. Principles of Neuromuscular Control for Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

19. Principles of Stabilization and Training

20. Integration of the Cardiovascular System in Assessment and Interventions in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

21. Physiological Principles of Resistance Training And Functional Integration For The Injured and Disabled

22. Psychology of the Injured Patient

23. Integration of Stresses and their Relationship To The Kinetic Chain

24. Arthrokinematics and Mobilization of Musculoskeletal Tissue: The Principles

25. Range of Motion and Flexibility

26. The Utility of Orthopaedic Clinical Tests for Diagnosis

27. Imaging Joints and Musculoskeletal Tissue: Pathoanatomic Considerations

28. Fracture Management

29. Functional Testing and Return to Activity