Library services & resources for Physiotherapy

Databases    Evidence-based Practice    Journals     Books    

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital and gives details of selected content available in
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.
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If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.

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New ebook content added 09/09/21
The Female Athlete
The Hip and Pelvis: Pain Medicine
The Knee: Pain Medicine
Rockwood and Matsen’s The Shoulder 
The Shoulder and Elbow: Pain Medicine 
The Spine: Pain Medicine 

Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Evidence Based Practice and educational resources

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • NICE Evidence clinical & non-clinical evidence web-based portal, by NICE.
  • TRIP Database search tool to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence.
  • UpToDate– – evidence-based clinical decision support resource. Note you will need a University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Physiotherapy journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

JournalCoverage Notes
American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation1996- 
Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine2009- 
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation2007- 
BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation2009- 
Bone and Joint Journal (formerly JBJS British)2013- 
British Journal of Sports Medicine1964- 
Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal1999-If asked for organisation select NHS England
Clinical Biomechanics2007- 
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine2000- 
Clinical Rehabilitation1998-If asked for organisation select NHS England
Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews2001- 
International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy2011- 
International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation1996- 
Journal of Biomechanics2007- 
Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies2007- 
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery – American Volume1993- 
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery – British Volume  (continues as Bone & Joint Journal)1995-2012 
Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology2007- 
Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness2009- 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics2007- 
Journal of Physical Therapy Education1999-If asked for organisation select NHS England
Journal of Physical Therapy Science1995- 
Journal of Physiotherapy1955- 
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport2007- 
Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research2004- 
Manual Therapy2007-2016From 2017 called Musculoskeletal Science and Practice
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise1996- 
Muscle and nerve1996- 
Musculoskeletal Care2003- 
Musculoskeletal Science and Practice2017-Previously Manual Therapy
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America2007- 
Physical Therapy1996-If asked for organisation select NHS England
Physical Therapy in Sport2007- 


Books (guide)

Search our print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request. (Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).

Selected physiotherapy ebooks below- click title to login with Athens account.
If asked you should always select to login with OpenAthens

TitleYearEdition1st Author
ABC of common soft tissue disorders.2016 Morris
ABC of Orthopaedics and Trauma2018 Sugand
Atlas of common pain syndromes20194thWaldman
Atlas of Image-Guided Spinal Procedures20182ndFurman
Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices20195thWebster
Baxter’s The Foot and Ankle in Sport20213rdPorter
Braddom’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation20216thCifu
Clinical care of the runner: assessment, biomechanical principles, and injury management2020 Harrast
  • Clinical Diagnosis in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • 2022Nori
    Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach20184thGiangarra
    DeLee, Drez, and Miller’s orthopaedic sports medicine: principles and practice20205thMiller
    Disorders of the rotator cuff and biceps tendon2020 Provencher
    Elbow and Its Disorders20104thMorrey
    Essentials of Pain Medicine20184thBenzon
    Essentials of physical medicine and rehabilitation: musculoskeletal disorders, pain, and rehabilitation20194thFrontera
    Evidence-Based Management of Complex Knee Injuries2021 LaPrade
    Fam’s musculoskeletal examination and joint injection techniques20102ndLawry
  • The Female Athlete 
    Fracture Management for Primary Care20123rdEiff
    Fractures of the Proximal Femur: Improving Outcomes2011 Waddell
    The Hip and Pelvis: Pain Medicine2022Waldman
    Injection techniques in musculoskeletal medicine: a practical manual for clinicians in primary and secondary care.20195thSaunders
    Instructions for Sports Medicine Patients20122ndSafran
    The IOC manual of emergency sports medicine2016 McDonagh
    The Knee: Pain Medicine2022Waldman
    Morrey’s the elbow and its disorders.20185thMorrey
    Musculoskeletal Physical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach20172ndMalanga
    Netter’s sports medicine20182ndMadden
    Netter’s Orthopaedic Clinical Examination20224thCleland
    Neuromuscular Disorders: Treatment and Management 2011 Bertorini
    Noyes’ Knee Disorders: Surgery, Rehabilitation, Clinical Outcomes20172ndNoyes
    Orthopaedic rehabilitation of the athlete: getting back in the game2015 Reider
    Orthopedic Physical Assessment20217thMagee
    Orthotics and prosthetics in rehabilitation20204thChui
    Oxford handbook of rehabilitation medicine20193rdSivan
    Pain Management20112ndWaldman
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20114thBraddom
    Physical Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete 20124thAndrews
    Practical Management of Pain20145thBenzon
    Presentation, Imaging and Treatment of Common Musculoskeletal Conditions: MRI-Arthroscopy Correlation2012 Miller
    Rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity2021 7thSkirven
    Rockwood and Matsen’s The Shoulder 20226thMatsen
    Rothman-Simeone The Spine 2011 6thHerkowitz
    Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in Athletes2018 Arciero
    The Shoulder and Elbow: Pain Medicine 2022Waldman
    Shoulder Instability: A Comprehensive Approach 2012 Provencher
    SMART! Sports Medicine Assessment and Review Textbook2005 2011Miller
    The Spine: Pain Medicine 2022Waldman
    Sports Medicine: Core Knowledge in Orthopaedics2006 Miller
    Ultrasound-Guided Musculoskeletal Injections2018 Allen
    Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Procedures in Sports Medicine  2021Sirisena
    Umphred’s neurological rehabilitation2020 7thLazaro
    Wall & Melzack’s Textbook of Pain2013 6thMcMahon