The Musculoskeletal Practitioner’s Handbook,
Edition 1 An Essential Guide for Clinical Practice
By Jonathan Kenyon, MSc, PGCert (Independent Prescribing), BSc (Hons), MMACP, MCSP and Giles Hazan

Publication Date: 22 Nov 2023

This new handbook provides a practical, day-to-day reference guide to assist clinicians in assessing and managing the most common musculoskeletal problems they encounter in their practice.

Written by a GP with an extended role in msk medicine and an advanced practice physiotherapist and informed by their combined years of clinical experience, it provides an overview of pathology and guides the reader through assessment, examination, tests and scans, and management.

Easy to follow and use as well as comprehensively referenced and evidence-based, this title will prove indispensable for clinicians across disciplinary boundaries, from First Contact Practitioners and GPs to physiotherapists, nurses and paramedics.

Key Features

  • Designed to support evidence-based clinical reasoning and decision making
  • Easy to reference summaries of the most common musculoskeletal pathologies encountered in practice
  • Descriptions of diagnostic scans and tests, what they are and when they’re used
  • Detailed sections on relevant anatomy and nerve pathways
  • Principles of management of both regional and systemic musculoskeletal disorders
  • Detailed descriptions of the most common medications used to treat pain
  • Information on blood tests with a quick reference guide to their interpretation
  • A wealth of quick reference appendices for use in every day practice
About the author
By Jonathan Kenyon, MSc, PGCert (Independent Prescribing), BSc (Hons), MMACP, MCSP, Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, UK and Giles Hazan
Table of Contents
SECTION 1 Musculoskeletal Anatomy
1.1 Cardinal Planes
1.2 Joint Movements
1.3 Musculoskeletal Anatomy
1.4 Bones of the Hand and Foot
1.5 Muscle Innervation Chart
SECTION 2 Musculoskeletal Assessment
2.1 Dermatomes
2.2 Myotomes
2.3 Reflexes
2.4 Upper and Lower Motor Neurone Lesions
2.5 Medical Research Council Scale
2.6 Peripheral Nerve Sensory Innervation
2.7 Nerve Pathways
2.8 Neurological Tests
2.9 Neurodynamic Tests
2.10 Cranial Nerves
2.11 Glossary of Neurological Terms
2.12 Modified Ashworth Scale
2.13 Trigger Points
2.14 Visceral Referral Patterns
2.15 Flags in Back Pain
2.16 Vascular Assessment
2.17 Musculoskeletal Tests
2.18 Common Vascular Tests
2.19 Diagnostic Criteria and Clinical Scoring Systems
2.20 Fractures
2.21 Subjective Assessment
2.22 Physical Assessment
SECTION 3 Musculoskeletal Regional Conditions
3.1 Spine
3.2 Shoulder
3.3 Elbow
3.4 Hand and Wrist
3.5 Hip
3.6 Knee
3.7 Foot and Ankle
3.8 Regional Musculoskeletal Conditions: Shorts
SECTION 4 Systemic Conditions
4.1 Rheumatoid Arthritis
4.2 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
4.3 Sjögren’s Syndrome
4.4 Spondyloarthropathy
4.5 Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis
4.6 Fibromyalgia
4.7 Hypermobile Ehlers–Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)
4.8 Gout
4.9 Pseudogout
4.10 Osteoporosis
4.11 Osteomalacia
4.12 Paget’s Disease
4.13 Hypercalcaemia
4.14 Diabetes Mellitus
4.15 Hypothyroidism
4.16 Hyperthyroidism
4.17 Hyperparathyroidism
4.18 Motor Neurone Disease
4.19 Multiple Sclerosis
4.20 Peripheral Neuropathy
4.21 Multiple Myeloma
4.22 Primary Bone Cancer
4.23 Metastatic Bone Cancer
4.24 Lymphoma
4.25 Leukaemia
4.26 Soft Tissue Sarcoma
4.27 Systemic Conditions: Shorts
SECTION 5 Diagnostics
5.1 Imaging
5.2 Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography
5.3 Summary of Blood Tests
SECTION 6 Pain Medications
6.1 Amitriptyline
6.2 Aspirin
6.3 Baclofen
6.4 Buprenorphine
6.5 Celecoxib
6.6 Codeine Phosphate
6.7 Diazepam
6.8 Diclofenac
6.9 Dihydrocodeine
6.10 Duloxetine
6.11 Etoricoxib
6.12 Fentanyl
6.13 Gabapentin
6.14 Ibuprofen
6.15 Meloxicam
6.16 Morphine Sulphate
6.17 Naproxen
6.18 Oxycodone
6.19 Paracetamol
6.20 Pregabalin
6.21 Tramadol
SECTION 7 Appendices
7.1 Acronyms and Abbreviations
7.2 Prefixes and Suffixes
7.3 Laboratory Values
7.4 National Early Warning Score (NEWS2)
7.5 Adult Basic Life Support
7.5.1 Adult Basic Life Support in Community Settings
7.5.2 Adult Choking
7.6 Paediatric Basic Life Support
7.6.1 Paediatric Basic Life Support (Hospital)
7.6.2 Paediatric Out-of-Hospital Basic Life Support
7.6.3 Paediatric Foreign Body Airway Obstruction
7.7 Body Mass Index Chart
7.8 Suspected Cancer – Recognition and Referral
Further Readings
Book details
ISBN: 9780702084911
Page Count: 300
Illustrations : 150 illustrations (150 in full color)
Retail Price : £37.99