Book Review

Travell and Simons' Trigger Point Flip Charts

Janet G. Travell, David G. Simons
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

A “must have” for pharmacists who compound transdermals for pain management!

This is a compilation of charts organized in seven sections following the structure of pain patterns shown in the trigger point charts. The charts are organized into seven sections: (1) head and neck pain; (2) shoulder, thorax and arm pain; (3) forearm and hand pain; (4) back and abdominal pain; (5) pelvic, gluteal and thigh pain; (6) hip, thigh and knee pain; and (7) leg, ankle and foot pain. The illustrations are simple yet effective in demonstrating the proper location of trigger points as well as referred pain patterns (essential zones and spillover areas). Black “Xs” locate the trigger points most likely to be causing the pain patterns illustrated in red. Each of the illustrations carries a legend that provides easy reference to the volume number and figure number where the drawing originated in Travell & Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, Volumes 1 and 2, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. These charts can be used to aid both the pharmacist and the patient in identifying various trigger points and potential points of application for transdermal medications used in pain management therapy. This spiral-bound set of flip charts stands upright and can easily be displayed on a countertop for patient counseling. This is not a book, and the charts do not include detailed explanations on how to locate the points. However, this is the beauty of this reference. The illustrations speak for themselves and the simplicity of the information makes it a powerful and universal tool.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  May/Jun 2004