During this course individuals participating will review clinically relevant literature to identify various types of orthotics available for fabrication for individuals with spinal cord injury, post-CVA, post-ABI, and other neurological disorders. Information will cover basic principles of orthotic fabrication, and variability in properties of low-temperature thermoplastic materials, positioning principles, and case presentations for optimal outcomes. They will discuss clinical application, indications and contraindications, and fabrication of 4 different orthotics most relevant to this population. In addition, this course will review static and dynamic orthotics, custom and pre-fabricated orthotics, and alternative positioning options available to practitioners.
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
• 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.
Course Education Level: Introductory