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Introduction to Orthoses

presented by Deborah A. Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

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Financial: Debby Swartz receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Debby Swartz has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Using orthoses for immobilization is an important therapeutic intervention to help support and protect the injured upper extremity after surgery or trauma, and also to offer balance and help position the hand and wrist for enhanced function due to injury or pain. Therapists require core knowledge in upper extremity anatomy, biomechanical principles of orthotic fabrication and hands on practice to be able to fabricate well-fitting and appropriate orthoses for clients requiring immobilization of joints of the upper extremity.

Meet Your Instructor

Deborah A. Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Deborah A. Schwartz is a hand therapist with more than 34 years of experience as a practicing clinician. She has worked at Orfit Industries America for the past ten and a half years promoting product awareness and offering a variety of educational programming on orthotic fabrication. Debby is an active member of the American Society…

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1. Introduction to Orthotic Fabrication

This introductory chapter will introduce the viewer to a variety of orthoses for immobilization. We will discuss how orthoses are used in the treatment of specific upper extremity conditions either for support, for protection and/or for improved function. This chapter will cover the indications and goals of orthoses for immobilization, contraindications and precautions for orthotic fabrication.

2. Basic Anatomy of the Forearm, Wrist, and Hand

This chapter will offer the viewer a basic review of upper extremity anatomy of the forearm, wrist, and hand as it relates to orthotic fabrication. The chapter will cover the biomechanical principles of orthotic fabrication.

3. Working with Low Temperature Thermoplastics

It is very important to understand how low temperature thermoplastic materials can be utilized to form custom, well-fitting orthoses for each individual client. This chapter will discuss the different properties and characteristics of low temperature thermoplastic materials so that participants can understand how selection of the appropriate material can influence the orthotic fabrication process.

4. Pattern Making and Recognition of Anatomical Landmarks

Pattern making for orthoses is a simple but often overlooked element of orthotic fabrication. Understanding how to create a pattern is of critical importance in making a correct and well-fitting orthosis. Anatomical landmarks will be highlighted and the pattern making process outlined in detail.

5. Tips and Tricks

In the final chapter, Debby Schwartz will go over tips and tricks for working with orthoses.

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