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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 Hand Therapy (ASHT) and has participated in the International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapy (IFSHT) meetings as well. She has presented on a variety of hand therapy topics at both national and international conferences and has written a number of articles for hand therapy publications, including the Journal of Hand Therapy, the British Journal of Hand Therapy, HAND, www.exploringhandtherapy.com, and OT Practice. Debby completed her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She presently teaches orthotic fabrication workshops for Orfit Industries America for both student Occupational Therapists and advanced clinicians. She is also an adjunct professor at the Occupational Therapy department of Touro College in New York City, where she teaches orthotic fabrication and an elective on Hand Therapy. Debby is currently writing several book chapters for hand therapy references and collaborating on a textbook of orthotic fabrication.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. The Short Opponens Orthosis

    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

    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

    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.