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Janos, Steven J.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


In order for a physical therapist to determine dysfunction of patient knowledge is required of the structures of the body and how they function as a whole. These structures will function differently when pathology is present. The musculoskeletal structures that will be investigated include: muscles, ligaments, joint capsules, tendons, bursa, etc. When dysfunction arises in these tissue patients will experience pain with certain activities that they perform throughout the day. This pain needs to be treated in order for them to function properly. The job of a physical therapist is to identify the problem that arises and treat the dysfunctions that are found. In order for a therapist to identify the problem the therapist must first perform an evaluation of the patient. This evaluation process that is used in an orthopedic setting is defined by selective tissue tension paradigm first presented by James Cryiax. By placing certain mechanical stresses on tissues the therapist is able to determine whether there is a dysfunction present within these structures. By testing multiple structures the therapist will have a better understanding of the cause dysfunctions. Through the process of determining the cause the therapist will be able to provide adequate treatment.


Includes bibliographical references.


22 unnumbered pages




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