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This complete how-to manual describes the rationale and techniques for serial casting. Numerous photographs and drawings make the step-by-step procedures clear and easy to follow. Use this manual as a handy reference to guide you through the entire process of serial casting.
The casting techniques were developed over a 10-year period of clinical practice and are effective for managing spasticity-induced foot deformity in children with cerebral palsy or other central nervous system deficits, as well as adults with head injury.
The book discusses normal alignment and mobility of the foot and ankle, the benefits of serial casting, and indications and contraindications for use. In the section on techniques, the book demonstrates how to position the foot, prepare the patient, apply and remove the cast, and make a holding cast. Follow-up procedures are also presented.
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Beverly (Billi) Cusick, M.S., P.T., received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Boston Bouve College at Northeastern University in 1972. She received NDT training in 1974 and took refresher and baby courses in 1978 and 1981. Since 1978 she has authored or co-authored numerous publications and conducted more than 75 workshops on the management of foot deformity in cerebral palsy. Since 1977 she has lectured in the United States and Canada on subjects related to the management of cerebral palsy, pediatric physical therapy, and foot deformity in neuromotor dysfunction in adults.Ms. Cusick spent nine years on staff at Children's Rehabilitation Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. She served for three years on the faculties of the College of Health Related Professions and the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. She consulted for one year for Cardinal Hill Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, with a focus on the management of head trauma in adults and children. She received a master of science in clinical and college teaching through the Department of Allied Health Education and Research, College of Allied Health Professions, at the University of Kentucky. She currently is affiliated with Children's Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto, California, as clinical specialist for the Department of Physical Therapy, and is consulting and practicing privately in Mountain View.
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