This course will provide OT’s and OTA’s with clinically relevant literature identifying various types of available orthotics indicated for use with individuals with Neurologic Conditions. Relevant client populations will include individuals post SCI, CVA, ABI, and those with upper extremity tone or weakness post neurologic injury. The course will cover basic principles of orthotic fabrication, properties of low-temperature thermoplastic materials, positioning principles, and case presentations for optimal outcomes. Through a mix of classroom and lab formats, course participants will discuss clinical application, indications and contraindications, and fabrication of four different upper extremity orthotics. In addition, this course will review static and dynamic orthotics, custom and pre-fabricated orthotics, and alternative positioning options available to practitioners. Overall, participants will review a step-wise decision-making approach for appropriate orthotics and the clinical skills to implement their use in a variety of settings.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
– Identify various types of orthotics appropriate for individuals with a neurological condition.
– Identify principles of various types of low-temperature thermoplastic materials for the fabrication of custom orthotic types.
– Describe the basic principles of orthotic fabrication and positioning including biomechanical considerations.
– Communicate information effectively to care team members, clients, and families regarding application, positioning, dosing for upper extremity orthotics.
– Fabricate four different orthoses with clinical relevance to the neurological population.
– Integrate clinical research for appropriate selection of orthotic types and verbalize indications and contraindications for their use.
– Demonstrate understanding of prefabricated and other positioning systems to enhance patient function and participation in valued occupations.