David Speers, CPO/L, Thranhardt Award Winner Speaks at the 44th Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium


We are excited to announce that Scheck & Siress Practitioner David Speers’ abstract, “Functional Bracing for Treatment of Pediatric Diaphyseal Femoral Fractures: An Alternative to Spica Casting?”, has been selected as a Howard R. Thranhardt Lecture Series Award winner. As a Thranhardt winner, David will deliver his presentation at The Academy’s 44th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium on February 15, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.

As An American Board Certified and Illinois Licensed Orthotist and Prosthetist, David has helped develop a femoral fracture brace with orthopedic surgeons to manage pediatric femur fractures in children 0-5 years old to replace the need for a hip spica cast. This same lecture – presented by coauthor, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Andrea Kramer, MD – was voted by pediatric orthopedic surgeons as the Best Trauma Paper at the 2016 Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America Annual Meeting.

Attendees of the Thranhardt Lecture abstract, “Functional Bracing for Treatment of Pediatric Diaphyseal Femoral Fractures: An Alternative to Spica Casting?”, will walk away with education on this unique treatment for pediatric diaphyseal femur fractures with a fracture brace. The following is a summary:

Hip spica casting to treat diaphyseal femur fractures in children 0-5 years old is the current method of treatment. A functional fracture brace has been used at Scheck & Siress for over ten years, and a retrospective study of eight years has shown that the brace provides equivalent healing of femur fractures when compared to a spica cast, but is more cost-effective and tolerated better than the cast. Radiographic comparison between those treated with the fracture brace and those treated in a spica cast showed no difference in healing rates, magnitude of angular correction, or functional outcomes. Treatment of pediatric diaphyseal femur fractures with a fracture brace is a viable alternative to spica casting and is a preferred treatment method at Scheck & Siress.

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