Orthotics in Rehabilitation: Splinting the Hand and Body

Orthotics in Rehabilitation: Splinting the Hand and Body




This unique book brings together theoretical concepts with fabrication procedures. It goes beyond the hand to address the elbow, shoulder, face, head, neck, back and lower extremity, containing many orthoses that therapists have created but never published at large. The emphasis is on custom-fabricated orthoses molded from low temperature thermoplastics.

Key Features:

  • This is the perfect textbook for the student and a comprehensive reference for the clinician.
  • Case studies challenge the reader to integrate the content of the book and apply orthotic intervention.
  • Abundantly illustrated fabrication procedures include patterns and step-by-step instructions for dozens of orthoses, described in a way that benefits both the novice and the experienced therapist.
  • The designs, both static and dynamic, are innovative and emphasize client comfort and compliance.
  • Criteria for selection of orthotic materials addresses thermoplastics, linings and paddings, straps and outriggers.
  • For each orthosis, the following components are addressed: name of orthosis, common names, design category, objectives, indications, rationale, recommended materials, equipment and tools, pattern, fabrication, wearing regimen, precautions, options, alternatives, and helpful hints.
  • Theoretical concepts include: joint mechanics and considerations for joint positioning; tissue biomechanics; rationale for orthotic intervention for contractures, fractures, neuropathies, arthritis, tendon injuries, spasticity, paralysis; controlling scarring and edema; orthotic design principles; criteria for thermoplastic selection; and ergonomic considerations for orthotic fabrication.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803603516
Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.99(w) x 9.97(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Objectives, Design, and Terminology
2. Tissue and Joint Biomechanics
3. Design and Fabrication Principles
4. Orthotic Materials
5. Equipment and Tools
6. Ergonomic Considerations
7. The Fabrication Process
8. Head, Face, Neck, and Back Orthoses
9. Shoulder and Elbow Orthoses
10. Forearm-Based Orthoses
11. Hand- and Finger-Based Orthoses
12. Lower Extremity Orthoses
Appendix A. Orthotic Materials
Appendix B. Glossary
Appendix C. Case Studies
Appendix D. Addresses and Websites of Supplies and Manufacturers

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