Covering the theory, design, and fabrication of orthopedic devices, Introduction to Orthotics, 4th Edition (formerly Introduction to Splinting, 3rd Edition) helps students develop the skills they need to choose and fit effective orthoses for patients with hand injuries and functional deficits.
It emphasizes upper extremity splinting, with additional coverage of lower extremity orthotics and upper extremity prosthetics, and offers case studies promoting clinical reasoning and problem solving.
This edition includes new chapters on orthotics of the shoulder and orthotic systems, plus online videos demonstrating fabrication and fitting techniques.
Written by occupational therapy educators, this textbook/workbook is ideal for use in the classroom and as a practical resource in the clinical setting. How-To videos on the Evolve companion website let you watch the construction of orthotics again and again to increase your proficiency. Review questions and self-quizzes reinforce your comprehension of the material. Case studies in each chapter show how concepts relate to real-life clinical practice. Self-evaluation forms allow you to analyze your strengths and weaknesses related to new orthotic intervention techniques. Laboratory exercises test your clinical reasoning and technical skills. High-quality photos and line drawings illustrate key concepts and techniques. Combined textbook/workbook format makes it easier to develop fundamental skills in the theory, design, and fabrication of orthoses,Spiral binding lets the book lay flat when opened for convenient use while on the job. NEW! Fabrication processes appear in special boxes to allow for quick reference. NEW! Fabrication processes, forms, and grading sheets are included on the Evolve companion website, allowing you to create a personalized study guide. UPDATED content includes new case studies, references, evidence-based research tables, and more on the 'science' of orthotic intervention. NEW! Additional learning exercises show how to apply theory to practice. NEW! More integration of patient safety addresses this important aspect of patient care.