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Title: Atlas of Spinal Orthotics

Authors: John R Fisk, MD; John E Lonstein, MD; Bryan S Malas, MHPE, CP
Publisher: Exceed Worldwide; 2017; 299 pages
Reviewed by: Grant Wood, MS, CO, BOCP

The initial consultation and evaluation of spinal orthosis patients is based on a solid understanding of the structure and function of the spine. Fitting and follow-up care are vital to achieve optimal outcomes. The Atlas of Spinal Orthotics is an excellent resource for orthotic students, practitioners, and other healthcare professionals who work with children and adults that are affected by spinal conditions.

This book is divided into five sections. Section one discusses spinal orthotic education in less resourced settings and the importance of multidisciplinary care teams. It concludes with a brief history of spinal orthoses.

Section two discusses the importance of basic scientific principles in selecting the appropriate orthotic treatment, including aspects of growth and development related to spinal orthotics and the biomechanics of the spine and spinal orthoses.

Section three provides detailed information about the classification and management of spinal deformities, including scoliosis terminology and classification; physical examination of patients with scoliosis; radiological evaluation of spinal deformity; what the orthotist needs to know when evaluating spinal orthosis patients; the importance of physician/orthotist interaction; and the role of physical therapy in managing adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

Section four includes information specific to the orthotic management of spinal deformities. Topics covered include measurement, fabrication, and fitting principles; orthotic management of infantile and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis; orthotic management of the paralytic spine; and orthotic management of Scheuermann’s Kyphosis.

In section five, the orthotic management of spinal pathologies is discussed in great detail. This section covers the orthotic management of spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, spine trauma, infectious disorders, osteoporosis, low back pain and the cervical spine.

Summary: The Atlas of Spinal Orthotics is a free-to-use, open learning textbook that provides a comprehensive overview of spinal orthotic care. Contributors are recognized experts in the field who have cared for patients with spinal conditions requiring orthoses. This textbook is a valuable resource for orthotic educators and students, practitioners, and other healthcare providers who are looking to increase their ability to provide appropriate care for patients that require orthotic care to manage spinal disorders.

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