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Orthotic Fabrication: Thumb and Finger Orthoses for Orthopedic Conditions

presented by Deborah A. Schwartz

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In this course with Debby Schwartz you will learn about using orthoses for immobilization for orthopedic conditions of the thumb and fingers and why it is an important therapeutic intervention to help support and protect those injuries. Therapists require core knowledge in a variety of common pathologies that affect the thumb and fingers and are typically treated with orthoses. In this course you will also review pattern making and fitting of specific designs of thumb and finger orthoses.

Meet Your Instructor

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…

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1. The Short Opponens Orthosis

Chapter One will cover clinical conditions of the thumb requiring immobilization and discuss two different options for fabrication of thumb orthoses. Each orthosis will be described in detail regarding the appropriate thermoplastic material selection, pattern making, and fabrication techniques. Additional tips and tricks will be offered as well.

2. Finger Orthoses: Mallet and Trigger Finger

Chapter Two will cover clinical conditions of the fingers requiring immobilization and discuss several different finger orthoses. Orthoses for the following clinical conditions will be included: trigger finger orthosis and a mallet finger injury. Each orthosis will be described in detail regarding the appropriate thermoplastic material selection, pattern making, and fabrication techniques.

3. Orthopedic Orthoses for the Fingers

Chapter Three will cover clinical conditions of the fingers requiring immobilization and discuss additional finger orthoses. Orthoses for the following clinical conditions will be included: boutonniere injury and swan neck deformity. Each orthosis will be described in detail regarding the appropriate thermoplastic material selection, pattern making, and fabrication techniques.

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