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Introduction to Orthotics

A Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving Approach

Covering the theory, design, and fabrication of orthotic devices, Introduction to Orthotics: A Clinical Reasoning & Problem-Solving Approach, 4th Edition helps you master the skills you 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 Brenda Coppard and Helene Lohman, this textbook/workbook is ideal for students and as a practical resource for occupational therapists and therapy assistants in the clinical setting.

Student Resources on Evolve 

  • Video clips
  • Learning activities
  • Additional case studies
  • Review questions and answers
  • Self-quiz questions and answers
  • Fabrication procedures from the text
  • Forms from the text
  • Grading sheets from the text


Paperback, 504 Pages

Published: December 2014

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-09101-5


  • Unit One: Foundations of Orthotic Intervention
    1. Foundations of Orthotics
    2. Occupation-Based Orthotic Intervention
    3. Orthotic Processes, Tools & Techniques
    4. Anatomic and Biomechanical Principles Related to Orthotic Provision
    5. Clinical Examination and Implications for Orthotic Intervention
    6. Clinical Reasoning for Orthotic Fabrication

    Unit Two: Orthotic Intervention for Conditions and Populations
    7. Orthoses Acting on the Wrist
    8. Orthoses Acting on the Thumb
    9. Orthoses Acting on the Hand
    10. Orthoses Acting on the Elbow
    11. Orthoses Acting on the Fingers
    12. Orthotic Intervention for Mobilization
    13. Orthotic Intervention for Nerve Injuries
    14. Orthotic Intervention for Spasticity
    15. Orthotic Intervention for Older Adults
    16. Orthotic Intervention for the Pediatric Population

    Unit Three: Topics Related to Orthotic Intervention
    17. Lower Extremity Orthoses
    18. Upper Extremity Prosthetics
    19. Ethical Issues Related to Orthotic Provision

    Appendix A: Web Resources and Vendors
    Appendix B: Answers to Quizzes, Laboratory Exercises, and Case Studies


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