presented by Deborah A. Schwartz
Financial: Debby Swartz
receives a honorarium from MedBridge for this course. He has no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
Non-Financial: Debby Swartz has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Deborah A. Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Deborah A Schwartz is a hand therapist with over 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 of…Read full bio
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.