Editors: Gwendolen Jull, PhD; Anne Moore, PhD; Deborah Falla, PhD; Jeremy Lewis, PhD; Christopher E. McCarthy, PhD; Michele Sterling, PhD. Foreword by: Karim Khan, MD
: Elsevier – 626 pages
Book Review by
: Nano Khilnani

The last (third) edition of this book was published in 2005, and it was entitled Grieve’s Modern Manual Therapy. New knowledge discovered through research, which include psychological and social moderators, have been incorporated in current-day practice.

This current edition reveals to you the practitioner and student, that new knowledge learned in the last decade or so, as well as the new techniques used in today’s expanded practice.

One hundred forty specialists in physiotherapy and related fields from Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States authored the 54 chapters of this book, which are organized around the five Parts that we list below.

The editors and the authors are from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

  • Part I: Introduction to the Text
  • Part II: Advances in Theory and Practice
  • Section 2.1: Advances in Basic Science
  • Section 2.2: Advances in Measurement Methods
  • Section 2.3: Approaches for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Part III: Advances in Clinical Science and Practice
  • Section 3.1: Principles and Management
  • Section 3.2: The Broader Scope of Management
  • Part IV: Overview of Contemporary Issues in Practice
  • Section 4.1: Introduction
  • Part V: Future Directions

Here’s what is new in this current edition:

  • Coverage of musculoskeletal systems of the upper and lower limbs as well as the spine
  • Title, topics, prominent editors and authors – all reflect the evolution of knowledge,  models of diagnosis and contemporary practice
  • Overviews of the latest advances in:
  1. The basic sciences relevant to musculoskeletal therapy
  2. Clinical science and practice
  3. Imaging and measurement techniques
  • Over 300 illustrations
  • Color plates section

Each of the 54 chapters of this book systematically presents information for your ready and future use in a consistent manner conducive to learning and retention of facts and numbers. Among the features of the chapters are:

  • Introduction
  • Discussions of major topics
  • Visual presentation of information through:
  1. Charts
  2. Figures
  3. Micrographs
  4. Photographs
  5. Radiographs
  6. Sketches
  7. Tables
  • Summary
  • References

Among the unique benefits of owning this book are:

  • The only textbook which covers the breadth of musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice, bringing together the work and opinions of 140 of the world’s leading international experts
  • Presents the latest science, research evidence and clinical practices for assessment and management of spinal and extremity disorders
  • Uses contemporary knowledge in diagnostics and future directions to demonstrate how to manage both acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • Considers important aspects underpinning clinical practice across the biopsychosocial domains

This is an excellent volume for you if you are a healthcare professional any of these and related areas: biomechanics, exercise medicine, motor rehabilitation and therapy, musculoskeletal research, physical rehabilitation, physical therapy, physiotherapy, and general sports medicine.



Gwendolen Jull, PhD is Emeritus Professor of Physiotherapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Anne Moore, PhD is Professor of Physiotherapy and Head of the Centre for Health Research in the School of Health Science at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom.

Deborah Falla, PhD is Professor in the Pain Clinic and Center for Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine; and Professor in the Department of Neuro-Rehabilitation Engineering at Universitatsmedizin in Gottingen, Georg-August-Universitat, Germany.

Jeremy Lewis, PhD is Consultant Physiotherapist in Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust in the United Kingdom; Adjunct Professor of Musculoskeletal Research and Clinical Therapies at the University of Limerick in Ireland; and Reader in Physiotherapy in the School of Health and Social Work at University of Hertfordshire in UK.

Christopher E. McCarthy, PhD is Consultant Physiotherapist in St. Mary’s Hospital at Imperial College Healthcare in UK.

Michele Sterling, PhD is Director, CRE in Road Traffic Injury; Associate Director of the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation (CONROD); and Professor in the School of Allied Health at Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University in Australia.


Foreword by:

Karim Khan MD, PhD is Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine; Director of the Department of Research and Education at Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar; and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at University of British Columbia in Canada.