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OPCA 2020 - Clinical Applications of Lower Extremity Orthoses

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: During this course, students focus on the pathological effects of disease, trauma, and malformation of the lower limb related to functional loss. Students will concentrate on patient evaluation, casting, measurement acquisition, and management skills to successfully fabricate and fit several different types of lower limb orthoses. The patient’s gait is analyzed using a video gait lab to evaluate orthotic function and outcomes.
MnTC Goals
None

Prerequisite(s): OPCA 2010  with a grade of C or higher or concurrent enrollment.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Major pathologies of the lower limb
    1. diseases
    2. related functional loss
  2. Metal ankle-foot orthoses
    1. evaluation procedures
    2. principles of alignment
    3. limitations
    4. tracing and measurement techniques
    5. fabrication procedures
    6. fitting
    7. gait assessment
    8. documentation
  3. Plastic ankle-foot orthoses
    1. evaluation procedures
    2. limitations
    3. casting and measurement techniques
    4. modification procedures
    5. fabrication procedures
    6. fitting
    7. gait assessment
    8. documentation

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. discuss the major pathologies of the lower limb.
  2. fit metal ankle-foot orthoses.
  3. fit plastic ankle-foot orthoses.


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