Joint Structure and Function: A Comprehensive Analysis

Joint Structure and Function: A Comprehensive Analysis
6th Ed.
2019 © F. A. Davis Company
Pamela K. Levangie PT, DPT, DSc, FAPTA; Cynthia C. Norkin PT, EdD; Michael D. Lewek PT, PhD
ISBN-13: 978-0-8036-5878-3
eISBN-13: 978-0-8036-5898-1
Physical Therapy, Allied Health, Anatomy, Basic Sciences, Orthopedics/Orthopaedics


This popular text offers clear, logical discussions of joint structure and muscle action, combined with an evidence-based approach to understanding joint dynamics in health and disease.

Key Features:

  • • Focuses on normal structure and function rather than specific patient problems to show how deviations from normal may create or underlie dysfunction.
  • • Prepares students to evaluate and treat human movement disorders with lucid discussions of biomechanics, joint structure, connective tissue behavior, and muscle physiology.
  • • Features an evidence-based approach that applies current research to the challenges of daily practice.
  • • Clarifies key information with more than 800 photographs, radiographs, scans, and illustrations.
  • • Emphasizes the practical application of kinesiologic principles—and the close link between normal and disordered musculoskeletal function—with patient case studies at the beginning of each chapter and case applications throughout the text.
  • • Highlights key points with “Concept Cornerstone” boxes and periodic summaries.
  • • Promotes critical thinking on controversial topics through “Continuing Exploration” boxes.
  • • Offers ‘Study Questions’ at the end of each chapter.

New to this Edition:

  • • UPDATED! Full-color illustrations
  • • NEW! Anatomy overview tables for each joint chapter
  • • NEW! Co-author, Mike Lewek, and contributors with current teaching experience

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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This is a very well-designed and well-written book on the relevant concepts of human movement. It has been, and will continue to be, the go-to book on joint structure, function, functional anatomy, and human movement and its clinical relevance and application. This edition is a necessary update and I highly recommend it for both new and seasoned clinicians. We can all learn more by staying up to date with the current, evidence-based concepts this book presents."

-- William Martinez, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS (Alves & Martinez Physical Therapy & Athletic Performance) Doody's Review


The intended audience is those studying the science of human movement, which includes, but is not limited to, those studying physical therapy, kinesiology, biomechanics, and bioengineering.

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