Custom static splinting (also known as orthotics) occurs for a variety of orthopaedic and neurological conditions. Yet, the training provided for orthotic fabrication at universities is rarely adequate. This course prepares the clinician to fabricate well-designed, well-fitting orthotics to meet appropriate objectives. The principles of splinting, selection of materials, and diagnoses for which to fabricate the demonstrated orthotics are discussed. Design of splint patterns and fabrication of 7 orthoses used for common diagnoses are demonstrated. Registrants may choose to view the course at their workplace, where they have access to a splinting workstation, or view it at home, where they have access to a splinting pan or conventional electric skillet that can be used for orthotic fabrication. Guidelines for critiquing each orthosis are provided. Custom modifications to meet individual patient needs are discussed.
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- Definition of orthotics
- Splinting Objectives
- Mechanical Principles
- Review of handling techniques and other characteristics of splinting materials
- Safe position orthosis
- Benefits and drawbacks of different orthosis designs
- Complications of immobilization orthoses
- Review of trigger digit pathology
- Goals of splinting for trigger digit
- Review of current relevant literature on trigger digit
- Mallet finger definition and treatment protocol
- Factors in outcome of mallet finger
- Mallet orthosis designs
- Review of current relevant literature
- Theory of relative motion orthoses
- Diagnoses and surgeries for which relative motion orthoses are used
- Review of current relevant literature for relative motion orthoses
- fabrication demo
- Diagnoses and surgeries for which wrist immobilization orthoses are indicated with supporting outcomes research
- Static wrist orthosis fabrication demo
- Demonstration of hand-based thumb spica, forearm-based thumb spica and resting hand orthosis fabrication
- Discussion of diagnoses and conditions for which these orthoses would be appropriate
- Discussion of diagnoses and conditions for which radial and ulnar gutter orthoses are indicated
- Demonstration of the fabrication of an ulnar gutter orthosis
- Discussion of diagnoses and conditions for which long arm orthosis is indicated
- Demonstration of the fabrication of a long arm orthosis
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional to fabricate well-designed orthotics to meet appropriate splinting objectives.
- Identify 3 splinting objectives
- Identify 3 mechanical principles of splinting
- Recognize why the safe position is used
- Identify indications for use of different thicknesses of splinting material
- Recognize the benefits and drawbacks of a volar versus a dorsal orthosis
- Identify 2 ways to increase rigidity in an orthosis
- Identify complications of use of static immobilization orthoses
- Identify 3 diagnoses or conditions for which there is supporting evidence of moderate to high quality
- Recognize how immobilizing the PIP or MP in extension effects trigger finger
- Identify 3 diagnoses for which a forearm-based thumb spica would be appropriate
- Identify 3 diagnoses for which a safe position orthosis would be appropriate
- Identify 2 diagnoses for which a radial gutter is indicated
- Identify 2 diagnoses for which an ulnar gutter orthosis is indicated
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Contact Hours: 4 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Nurse
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
Financial – Susan Mitchell is employed by Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service
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