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Physical Therapy: Books

This guide is a starting point for locating Physical Therapist Assistant and Physical Therapy books, videos, journal articles, and credible websites.

Use the COD Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your MyAccess/NetID user name and password to check these items out or access them online.

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Use our catalog to find books, videos, and other resources in our collections.

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Catalog Search Tips

When searching the Library catalog, here are some tips:

  • Enter the title of a book (if you know it) putting the title in quotes
  • Search by subject or keywords if you don't know a specific title
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Subject Searching

Here are just a few of the many subjects assigned to PT resources
physical therapy medical rehabilitation
physical therapist assistants medicine, physical
physical therapy -- documentation sports injuries -- treatment
thermotherapy hydrotherapy

Call Number Ranges

Use these call number ranges to browse the General collection and the Reference collection.

Also look for e-books and streaming media.

RD792 – RD811        Orthopedics Surgery, Physical Rehabilitation
RM695 – RM893 Physical Medicine. Physical Therapy
RM930 – RM931 Rehabilitation Therapy
RM950 Rehabilitation Technology

Reference Sources

Reference materials are well indexed, up-to-date, concise, and highly credible. They provide overviews, definitions, specific information (such as causes & symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, prognosis, etc) or addresses. Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources.

Electronic Reference

Physical Reference

Conn's Current Therapy REF RM101 .C87

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment REF RC71 .A14

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary REF R 121.D73 (Ready Reference--located at our reference desks)

Goldman's Cecil Medicine REF RC46 .C423

Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine REF RC46 .H333

Recommended Print Titles

Procedures and Patient Care for the Physical Therapist Assistant

Content includes information about transfers, positioning, vital sign measurement, wheelchair fit and management, assistive devices, and gait. These skills are vital to know as a PTA, regardless of specialization or location of employment.

Documentation Basics for the Physical Therapist Assistant

Complete and accurate documentation is one of the most important skills for a physical therapist assistant to develop and use effectively.

Goodman and Fuller's pathology: implications for the physical therapist

The only pathology textbook written specifically for physical therapy, it provides easy access to information on specific diseases and conditions as they relate to physical therapy practice.

Essentials of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant

Clear, concise explanations of anatomy and function, full-color illustrations and unique atlas-style chapters make even the most complex concepts easy to master.

Physical Therapy Clinical Handbook for Ptas

A concise clinical guide designed specifically to help physical therapist assistant students and practitioners easily obtain helpful evidence-based information.

The Color Atlas of Physical Therapy

The Color Atlas of Physical Therapy delivers a high-quality visual presentation of the disorders a physical therapist would most likely encounter in daily practice presented in a case-based format.

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