Description: This manual provides instruction in the principles and application techniques of functional bracing in managing some long bone fractures.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide helpful information to orthopedists and residents on the treatment of fractures using functional braces.
Audience: In my opinion, audience should include all caregivers involved in managing patients with fractures such as physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons and residents, physicians assistants, and occupational therapists.
Features: Content includes principles of treatment with functional braces, application techniques, indications, and expected results.
Assessment: In today's orthopedic practice, it is very popular to treat most fractures surgically with open or close reduction and internal fixation. Many residents in training are not exposed to conservative management of fractures. This manual is unique in providing technical information and detailed instructions on treating some long bone fractures with functional braces. It should be included in every orthopedic library and be recommended to all orthopedic residents.