Description of Atlas of Cutaneous Branch Territories for the Diagnosis of Neuropathic Pain
This atlas is the result of research involving over 3,000 patients consecutively recruited since 2004. Clinical practice gives the opportunity to observe many more Aβ axonal lesions (axonotmesis) than transections (neurotmesis), consequently the mapped hypo aesthetic territories are partial. Therefore, the authors define for each cutaneous nerve branch, the autonomous territory and the boundary markers of the largest territory of cutaneous origin. Each anatomical chart of a cutaneous branch is the superposition of tens, even hundreds of observations seen in clinical practice – based on 3,133 maps of observed cutaneous hypoaesthetic territories. The data collected has also been cross-referenced with that published in nearly 100 other anatomy books.
This 1st English edition – based on the 3rd French edition published by Sauramps Medical – illustrates the usefulness of anatomical knowledge for clinical practice. More precisely, it seeks to demonstrate how these topographic elements can offer valuable support, both for the clinical anamnesis, and for the clinical examination of neuropathic pain patients.
This atlas is at the crossroads between the medical and rehabilitation disciplines. Accordingly, it addresses the needs of medical doctors, from GPs to specialists, and of pain therapists, and offers a valuable asset for all health professionals who are dedicated to the management of pain and associated problems.
About the Author
Claude J Spicher, Certified Hand Therapist Switzerland, founded the Somatosensory Rehabilitation Centre of the human body at the Clinique Générale, a member of the Swiss Medical Network.
Tara L Packham, PhD, Certified Somatosensory Therapist of Pain (CSTP©), is an occupational therapist and assistant professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton (ON), Canada. She conducts clinical research in neuropathic pain, particularly related to upper extremity conditions and injuries.
Nadège Buchet, CSTP®, OT graduated from Institut de Formation en Ergothérapie de Rennes(France). As an instructor with the SRPN, she has taught in Lausanne, Mulhouse and Montpellier. Nadège has published in several renowned publications. Since 2010, she has been a co-author of this atlas.
Isabelle Quintal, MSc(c), CSTP®, BSc OT graduated from University of Montreal, and lecturer in the occupational and physical therapy programs at University of Montreal. She is working inCentre Professionnel d’Ergothérapie (Montreal). As an instructor with the SRPN, Isabelle has taught in Brussels, Freiburg, Montpellier and Montreal.
Pierre Sprumont is an emeritus professor of anatomy at the Faculty of Science and Medicine of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He was educated as a physician and specialist in internal medicine. He published over sixty scientific articles on the relationships between ovary and immunity, on the cellular mechanisms of brain oedema, on the anatomical terminologies and their early history.