The Atlas of Spinal Orthotics
29 March 2018
Posted by: Adeline Prieur
Early in 2014, after a symposium at the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics, the need for a resource document on spinal orthotics was realized, the purpose of which would be to bring together the necessary materials for developing courses on the orthotic management of spinal disorders. It was the consensus of those at the symposium that although there was no unanimity of thought on all issues, enough evidence-based material existed that a peer reviewed text could be assembled. It was further concluded that a traditional ISPO consensus conference was not necessary.
Three individuals assumed the task under the sponsorship of ISPO partner Exceed-Worldwide, and a generous donation by Rudolf Becker, CEO of Becker Orthopedics. John Fisk, MD, a retired spinal surgeon, former Vice President of ISPO and currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Exceed, took the lead. He enlisted the help of John Lonstein, MD, an internationally known spinal deformity authority and Editor of the Journal of Spinal Deformity and Bryan Malas, CO, Director of O&P Services at Chicago Children’s Hospital and Chairman of the Education Committee of ISPO. These three brought together 31 leading contributors from around the world to author a 24 Chapter Atlas.
Published as an e-text, the Atlas is freely available online. Click here to view it. The Atlas of Spinal Orthotics is a resource for all members of the clinical team dealing with the orthotic management of spinal disorders.
Chapters cover the basic science of the various pathologies, biomechanics and fabrication principles and clinical management of the many spinal conditions potentially benefiting from orthotic care. In its online format the Atlas is a living document able to be edited and updated as necessary. The editors will be seeking support from organizations and professional societies to link to this valuable resource, and welcome feedback from those using the Atlas to improve potential future editions.