David Speers, CPO / LPO
American Board Certified Prosthetist / Orthotist
Illinois Licensed Prosthetist / Orthotist
David Speers is an American Board Certified and Illinois Licensed Orthotist and Prosthetist and is the manager working in the Schaumburg office of Scheck & Siress. David’s practice includes a great number of pediatric patients. He sees a large number of pediatric patients with scoliosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and toe walking. He also has helped to develop a femoral fracture brace, with orthopedic surgeons, to manage pediatric femur fractures in children 0-5 years old, which replaces the need for a hip spica cast.
David spent one week in Germany in 2016 training with Dr. Manuel Rigo from Barcelona, Spain learning how to make the Rigo-Cheneau style scoliosis brace and now provides this brace for scoliosis care in the Chicago area. This is the preferred brace used in conjunction with Schroth scoliosis therapy and focuses on three dimensional correction of scoliosis. David has also learned scoliosis bracing techniques from the National Scoliosis Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
He is a member of the international Scoliosis group, SOSORT, and has presented his research for members of SOSORT in Katowice, Poland in 2015, Chicago in 2013 and Milan, Italy in 2012. In 2015, David was invited to speak at a Scoliosis Symposium at the University of Iowa with the lead authors of the BrAIST study – Dr.Stuart Weinstein, MD and Lori Dolan PhD. The BrAIST study is groundbreaking research that states that scoliosis bracing is effective and prevents children from needing surgery.
David frequently lectures to healthcare professionals in the Chicago area and also lectures annually at the Northwestern University (NUPOC) physician’s course on spine management.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and his orthotic and prosthetic training from Northwestern University, David began working at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
In addition, David is an active member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and its Midwest Chapter and a member of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine. David was one of the co-authors of a paper that was presented at the 2016 Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA) annual meeting regarding bracing for treating femur fractures on children ages 0-5, which was voted the best trauma paper presented at the conference. The title of the paper was Functional Bracing for Treatment of Pediatric Diaphyseal Femoral Fractures: An Alternative to Spica Casting?
IN THE NEWS
On May 11, 2013, David Speers, CPO was a presenter at the conference of the international Scoliosis research organization, SOSORT. David presented his research study concerning conservative treatment for infantile and congenital scoliosis in young children. The title of the research study is, Comparison of In-Brace Correction between a tlso using a floating pad with adjustable straps and a standard anterior open tlso with no openings for the treatment of Congenital and Infantile Scoliosis: A Case Series.
This is the second year David has presented at the SOSORT conference. In 2012, his studies were titled, “Comparison of in-brace correction between supine, molded, asymmetric TLSOs and standing, CAD, symmetric TLSOs” and “The effects of scoliosis bracing on parent and child perception of adolescent’s quality of life”.
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.