Musculoskeletal Examination of the Spine: Making the Complex Simple

Jeffrey A. Rihn, MD; Eric B. Harris, MD
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The physical examination of the spine can be a complex topic for professionals with all levels of clinical experience. How can advance concepts be taught in a user-friendly, clear format, while still providing necessary information for effective diagnosis and treatment of the spine?

Musculoskeletal Examination of the Spine: Making the Complex Simple by Drs. Jeffrey A. Rihn and Eric B. Harris answers these questions. Written by experts, this easy-to-carry book provides a thorough review of the most common pathologic spine conditions, techniques for diagnosis, as well as the appropriate treatment for each condition.

Musculoskeletal Examination of the Spine: Making the Complex Simple contains clear photographic demonstrations, tables, and charts throughout its pages, allowing a thorough and concise examination of the spine.

A Glance at some of what is covered inside:
• Physical Examination
o Basics and specific tests of the examination of the cervical and thoracolumbar spine
• General Imaging
o Basics of general imaging of the degenerative and traumatic injuries of the spine
• Common Conditions
o Cervical spondylosis, Lumbar disk herniation, Diskitis and vertebral osteomyelitis of the spine, and more

Musculoskeletal Examination of the Spine: Making the Complex Simple contains essential information to successfully take a complex subject, and bring it to a level that will be welcomed by all orthopedic residents, attendings, physical therapists, athletic trainers, medical students in training, and other healthcare providers.

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About the Editors                                                                                                       
Contributing Authors                                                                                                
Foreword by Todd J. Albert, MD                                                                             
Section I         Physical Examination                                                                      
Chapter 1        Physical Examination of the Cervical Spine                                      
                        Justin B. Hohl, MD; Ishaq Y. Syed, MD;
and Joon Y. Lee, MD
Chapter 2        Physical Examination of the Thoracolumbar Spine                          
                        Brian T. Barlow, MD and Eric B. Harris, MD
Section II        General Imaging                                                                               
Chapter 3        Degenerative Conditions of the Spine                                   
                        Christopher Loo, MD, PhD; Harvey E. Smith, MD;
                        and Bradley K. Weiner, MD
Chapter 4        Traumatic Conditions of the Spine                                                    
                        Christopher Loo, MD, PhD; Harvey E. Smith, MD;
                        and Bradley K. Weiner, MD
Section III      Common Conditions of the Spine                                                   
Chapter 5        Cervical Disk Herniation                                                       
                        Alan S. Hilibrand, MD and Kris Radcliff, MD
Chapter 6        Cervical Spondylosis                                                                        
                        David T. Anderson, MD and Todd J. Albert, MD
Chapter 7        Cervical Trauma: Upper Cervical Spine                                             
                        Ryan P. Ponton, MD and Eric B. Harris, MD
Chapter 8        Cervical Trauma: Subaxial Cervical Spine                                         
                        Davor D. Saravanja, FRACS and
                        Ian D. Farey, FRACS
Chapter 9        Lumbar Disk Herniation                                                                    
                        Mark L. Dumonski, MD and D. Greg Anderson, MD
Chapter 10      Physical Examination for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis                
                        Joseph K. Lee, MD and Brian W. Su, MD
Chapter 11      Lumbar Spondylolisthesis                                                                  
                        Ishaq Y. Syed, MD; Justin B. Hohl, MD;
                        and James D. Kang, MD
Chapter 12      Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease                                                   
                        Vidyadhar V. Upasani, MD; Steven R. Garfin, MD;
                        and R. Todd Allen, MD, PhD
Chapter 13      Thoracolumbar Trauma                                                                      
                        Jeffrey A. Rihn, MD; Harvey E. Smith, MD; and
                        Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD
Chapter 14      Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis                                                        
                        Joseph P. Gjolaj, MD and W. Timothy Ward, MD
Chapter 15      Scheuermann Kyphosis                                                                      
                        Kathryn H. Hanna, MD and Eric B. Harris, MD
Chapter 16      Diskitis and Vertebral Osteomyelitis of the Spine                            
                        Greg Gebauer, MD and Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD
Chapter 17      Primary Bone Tumors of the Spine                                                    
                        Nelson S. Saldua, MD and James S. Harrop, MD, FACS
Chapter 18      Metastatic Disease of the Spine                                             
                        Jeffrey M. Tuman, MD; Matthew R. Eager, MD;
                        and Adam L. Shimer, MD
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About the Editors

Jeffrey A. Rihn, MD is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and The Rothman Institute. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society. He then completed a 5-year orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a spine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. His practice includes the treatment of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar degenerative disorders; spinal trauma, deformity, spinal infections, and tumors of the spine. He is actively involved in numerous research projects, with a special focus on clinical outcomes research. Dr. Rihn is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the North American Spine Society, the American Spinal Injury Association, and the Council on the Value of Spinal Care. He has published numerous peer-reviewed studies, review articles, and book chapters on various topics of spinal care and has presented his research at numerous national and international meetings.   

Eric B. Harris, MD is the Director of the Multidisciplinary Spine Center at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, California. His specific interests include adult deformity correction, less invasive management of thoracolumbar disk degeneration, and cervical disk arthroplasty. After his residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, he furthered his orthopedic training with a spine surgery fellowship at The Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. While there, Dr. Harris held a faculty teaching appointment at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine.   
Dr. Harris began his academic career at the University of Utah where he earned his bachelor of science degree in environmental earth sciences with minors in chemistry and naval science. His medical training began at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where he obtained his medical degree.   

After a basic surgery internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, he attended Diving Medical Officer training in Groton, Connecticut and Panama City Beach, Florida. He was then assigned to the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory in Groton, CT where he completed research on Vitamin D deficiency in underway submariners as well as assisting in numerous studies on the underwater effects of sound on US Navy divers. Dr. Harris then returned to San Diego for his residency followed by his fellowship in Philadelphia.    

Dr. Harris is currently stationed at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and in January of 2011 deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has produced numerous publications for peer reviewed journals, as well as book chapters, and has been invited faculty at several educational spine meetings in the United States.