The Malalignment Syndrome,
Edition 2 diagnosis and treatment of common pelvic and back pain
By Wolf Schamberger

Publication Date: 05 Oct 2012

Lack of appreciation and knowledge of the malalignment syndrome often leads to a failure to notice the possible aetiological or predisposing factors contributing to many musculoskeletal problems. Recognition of the syndrome by physicians, chiropractors, osteopaths, podiatrists, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, sports trainers and others dealing with patients and athletes (including equine) can help them implement appropriate treatment and training to correct the malalignment and actually prevent the initial occurrence of symptoms.

Now in its second edition, The Malalignment Syndrome has established itself as a trusty one-stop reference providing a detailed description of this syndrome and how it can be identified and treated. It concentrates on the trunk, pelvis, spine, sacroiliac joint and legs, incorporating anatomy, biomechanics, stability issues, possible causes, examination and diagnostic techniques as well as a comprehensive treatment approach. Emphasis is also placed on the participation of the patient/athlete in the day-to day treatment process to achieve long-term results.

Key Features

  • Evidence-based practical advice and guidance
  • Multidisciplinary in approach
  • Highly illustrated with photographs, diagrams and anatomical models
  • Recognizes the importance of prevention as well as treatment
  • Summary and case boxes

New Features

  • Over 100 new illustrations
  • Additional examination techniques to facilitate diagnosis
  • Extensively rewritten for easier reading
  • Contributions by David Lane (Chapter 6: Horses, Saddles and Riders), Sarah Stevens and Karina Steinberg (Chapter 8: Treatment: The Manual Therapy Modes)
  • Focuses on diagnosis/treatment of malalignment-related pelvic, leg and back pain
About the author
By Wolf Schamberger, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and The Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Center, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Table of Contents

ForewordAcknowledgementsIntroduction 2012Introduction 2002 (1st edition)

Ch 1. The malalignment syndrome: A synopsis

Ch 2. Common presentations and diagnostic techniques

Ch 3. The Malalignment Syndrome

Ch 4. The malalignment syndrome: Related pain phenomena and the implications for medicine

Ch 5. Clinical correlations in sports

Ch 6. Horses, saddles and ridersDavid Lane and Lauren Fraser

Ch 7. A comprehensive treatment approach

Ch 8. Treatment: Manual therapy modesSarah Stevens and Karina Steinberg

Ch 9. Conclusion

Appendices1. Sacroiliac joint ‘rotational malalignment’2. Sacroiliac joint ’upslip’ (right side)3. Asymmetry of lower extremity ranges of motion4. Asymmetry of lower extremity muscle strength5. Clinical correlations specific to running6. Clinical findings: Anatomical (true) long right leg7. Combination of asymmetries (1st case presentation)8. Combination of asymmetries (2nd case presentation)9. ‘The thoracolumbar syndrome’10. Clinical correlations to non-specific sports11. Clinical correlations to specific sports12. Factors contributing to recurrence of injuries13. Causes of recurrent malalignment


Book Reviews


‘As a clinician, academic, and researcher, I have found the level of detail in this book excellent. The authors and contributors have provided comprehensive material that is well supported by research evidence where available.’Gregory Kolt, British Journal of Sports Medicine (2004; 38: 506-507)

‘This is a bright, refreshing, easily-read book, which features a vast number of high-quality diagrams and photographs...the author’s coverage of the subject is concise, elaborate and well-referenced...This book is an invaluable reference for doctors and physiotherapists in sports medicine and I am sure it will stand the test of time’Tom Nolan, Physiotherapy (2003; 89: 6)

‘ excellent and highly recommended book that should be found on every practitioner’s shelf’David J. Szaraz, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (July/August 2003)

‘The book is cleverly written and presented so that enthusiasts of biomechanics can use it as a problem-solving reference book or read it from cover to cover without getting bored...This book is a must for all clinicians dealing with problems associated with the human musculoskeletal system and I am confident that it will not collect dust.’N. Padhiar, Physical Therapy in Sport (2003; 98: 4)

Book details
ISBN: 9780443069291
Page Count: 624
Retail Price : £65.99
Physiotherapists, Manual Therapists, Physicians