The Pediatric Spine: Principles and Practice, 2nd edition By Stuart L Weinstein, editor. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001. James H Campbell, PhD, CO.
This very impressive text is aimed primarily at the practicing pediatric spine specialist; however, it should be of significant interest to orthotists, particularly those who have a specific interest in the care and management of pediatric spinal disorders. The Pediatric Spine brings together international experts from several disciplines to provide a definitive reference text. The editor, Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, describes this book as the only comprehensive text devoted exclusively to this subject and it certainly satisfies the intent of providing the reader with an in-depth study of disorders and treatment of the pediatric spine.
Sections of the book are devoted to developmental anatomy, biomechanics, imaging techniques, and patient evaluation. Chapter 3 is titled Clinical Application of Biomechanics and highlights the clinical problems that may occur when there is no strong biomechanical or biological rationale for treatment selection. This chapter adequately describes basic biomechanical principles of the normal and pathologic pediatric spine and how these principles can be applied to clinical decision making.
There is an entire section devoted to Neuromuscular Disease and resultant spinal deformity. The content is extremely relevant and will be of significant benefit to those of us with a specific interest in the spinal orthotic management of children with neuromuscular disease.
The final section of the book is devoted to orthotic management. Unfortunately, this chapter stands alone and the value of orthotic management as a viable and worthwhile treatment alternative for many of the conditions described throughout the text may not be fully appreciated simply because of where this chapter is placed. The chapter is very well written and the considerable experience and expertise of the authors is apparent.