Introduction to Orthotics - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780323091015, 9780323091022

Introduction to Orthotics

4th Edition

A Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving Approach

Authors: Brenda Coppard Helene Lohman
Paperback ISBN: 9780323091015
eBook ISBN: 9780323091022
eBook ISBN: 9780323291040
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 10th December 2014
Page Count: 504

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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


Key Features

  • 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.

Table of Contents

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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About the Author

Brenda Coppard

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Omaha, NE, USA

Helene Lohman

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Omaha, NE, USA