Telemedicine for the Musculoskeletal Physical Exam: A Pocket Guide

Mariam Zakhary, Grant Cooper, Joseph Herrera

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Telemedicine has ballooned in popularity and necessity in the COVID-19 world, and it has proved its worth. Even in the post-pandemic world, telemedicine will be here to stay, as it offers both patient and provider many advantages. However, physicians are often ill-equipped and lack sufficient training in how to conduct a physical examination remotely. Practical and timely, this book presents the current best practices for performing musculoskeletal examination remotely via telemedicine. It takes an anatomical approach, covering all joints and disorders commonly seen in the clinic, including preparation and general principles, the upper and lower extremities and the axial skeleton. For each region, the challenges and limitations of telemedicine are systematically highlighted and discussed, with techniques clearly described and illustrated. Concluding chapters present telemedicine procedures for both the functional assessment of a patient and evaluation and management of respiratory muscle dysfunction. Orthopedic and sports medicine practitioners, as well as general physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who treat patients with musculoskeletal disorders, will find this book highly engaging and enlightening.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTelemedicine for the Musculoskeletal Physical Exam
Subtitle of host publicationa Pocket Guide
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages220
ISBN (Electronic)9783031168734
ISBN (Print)9783031168727
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Cervical spine
  • Concussion
  • Hip and pelvic exam
  • Knee exam
  • Lumbar spine
  • Musculoskeletal disorder
  • Musculoskeletal physical exam
  • Shoulder exam
  • Telemedicine
  • Thoracic spine


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