Managing Minor Musculoskeletal Injuries andConditions
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Emergency care professionals are increasingly expected to work autonomously when caring for patients with minor musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. They have to be able to competently and safely take a patient’s history, examine, diagnose and provide management of these conditions. Managing Minor Musculoskeletal Injuries and Conditions pulls together all these aspects of care into one practical, easy-to-read text.

Aimed principally at students undertaking minor injury and emergency care courses, this title is a comprehensive manual of minor musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, highly illustrated throughout and containing a variety of activities and exercises.

Key features:

  • Includes material on study skills, distance and self-directed learning to support both students on formal courses and those working alone
  • Extensive learning features, including a range of activities, hints and tips and multiple-choice questions
  • Supported by a companion website with further self-assessment, downloadable X-ray PowerPoint slides, picture tutorials, practice history-taking documentation and legal scenarios
  • Enables more effective management and care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries


David Bradley was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Emergency Care at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.


Dedication, iv

Acknowledgements, v

About the companion website, vi

Part 1 The background

1 How to use this book, 3

2 Taking a patient’s history, 14

3 An introduction to examining your patient, 31

4 Patient documentation for minor injuries, 45

Part 2 The upper body

5 The neck, 59

6 The shoulder, 87

7 The elbow, 132

8 The wrist and hand, 169

Part 3 The lower body

9 The lower back and hip, 235

10 The knee and leg, 271

11 The ankle and foot, 327

Answers to multiple choice questions, 373

Index, 377


“Academic tutors who teach within an emergency care course would be recommended to review this text to consider it to either supplement their modules or to refer to their students as an additional learning resource that may work alongside some of their taught modules.”  (Nursing Times, 16 October 2014)