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Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 175 Orthoses are externally applied medical devices used to prevent or correct musculoskeletal deformities and improve physical functioning; these devices are typically custom made. This is one of very few books on the subject of orthotics published in recent years and the only book focusing solely on the orthotic management of children. The first part of the book considers the principles that are fundamental to orthotic management, including a review of biomechanics, consideration of clinical assessment methods, and the materials and fabrication techniques used to make orthoses. The second part of the book comprises several condition-specific chapters that consider the appropariate orthotic management of the more common conditions in childhood in the context of multidisciplinary care. The chapters include neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy, myelomeningocoele and muscular dystrophy; and also congenital deformities and conditions arising in childhood. One chapter considers orthotic intervention for idiopathic scoliosis and another considers the sometimes controversial issue of protective and corrective headwear. Whist by no means exhaustive, Paediatric Orthotics provides both a basic grounding in the subject together with practical guidance to help clinical practice. Paediatric Orthotics will be of use, not only to orthotists but also to physical and occupational therapists, paediatricians, paediatric orthopaedic surgeons and physiatrists. The book is also essential reading for all students and clinicians involved in the physical management of children with disabilities.
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AUTHORS APPOINTMENTS. 1. INTRODUCTION, Christopher Morris. 2. BIOMECHANICAL PRINCIPLES, Christopher Morris. 3. ASSESSMENT, Christopher Morris, Nicholas Gryfakis, Michael El-Shammaa and Luciano Dias. 4. MATERIALS, COMPONENTS AND FABRICATION, Christopher Morris. 5. UPPER-LIMB ORTHOSES, Nicole Parent-Weiss. 6. LOWER-LIMB ORTHOSES, Christopher Morris. 7. CONGENITAL DEFORMITIES, Christopher Morris and Luciano Dias. 8. CONDITIONS ARISING IN CHILDHOOD, Christopher Morris and Luciano Dias. 9. CEREBRAL PALSY, Christopher Morris. 10. MUSCULAR DYSTROPHIES, SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHIES AND PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHIES, Nicola Thompson, Steve Porter and Christopher Morris. 11. MYELOMENINGOCOELE, Brigid Driscoll, Robert Novak and Luciano Dias. 12. IDIOPATHIC SCOLIOSIS, Paul Horwood. 13. PROTECTIVE AND CORRECTIVE HEADWEAR, Sheila Kellner and Trevor da Silva

About the Author

Christopher Morris M.Sc. D.Phil. is a Principal Orthotist at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and a MRC Special Training Fellow in Health Services Research in the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford; and a Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Chris has 20 years experience working as an orthotist. After initially training and working with his father in London he came to work at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. He was involved in establishing the Oxford Gait Laboratory, and has been awarded Masters and Doctoral degrees by the University of Oxford. Chris is the current Chairman of the Trustees for the Orthotic Education and Training Trust in the UK and a member of the editorial board of Mac Keith Press Orthopaedic Editor: Luciano S. Dias M.D. - Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University & Medical Director, Motion Analysis Center, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, USA

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