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The pioneers also included Rudolf Klapp, who developed a creeping treatment. Numerous physical therapy schools were formed in German-speaking countries. New therapeutic options for neuromuscular disorders were introduced in the 1950’s by H. Kabat and B. Bobath. Hippotherapy for disabled children was also developed around this time. 3 Surgical treatment Since classical antiquity, surgical treatment in orthopaedics was limited for many centuries to a single procedure, namely amputation. This mutilating operation was necessitated by the numerous war injuries.
2 Nicolas Andry: Title page of the book L’Orthopédie ou L’art de Prévenir et de Corriger dans les Enfants, les Difformités du Corps. Le Tout par des Moyens à la Portée des Pères et des Mères, et de toutes les Personnes qui ont des Enfants à élever, 1741. The woman holds the »Regula recti», or straight rule, for measuring the straightness of children The development of orthopaedics has always primarily been that of pediatric orthopaedics. The term »orthopaedics« is known to have been coined by Nicolas Andry in his book »L’Orthopédie ou L’art de Prévenir et de Corriger dans les Enfants, les Difformités du Corps.
Knee ligament reconstruction, in particular, flourished during this period. Although rarely performed on children, this procedure certainly is of relevance for adolescents. Surgical leg lengthening dates back to Alessandro Codivilla in the Rizzoli Institute in Bologna, who performed an osteotomy and extended the leg by traction with weights. During the 1950’s, Gavril Ilizarov in Russia developed the ring fixator for which he is named. Surgeons in Europe and America remained unaware of this development for a long time and instead used the apparatus introduced by Heinz Wagner in the 1960’s.
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