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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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OPCA 2030 - Clinical Applications of Upper Extremity Orthoses

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: During this course, the student will identify pathology of the upper-limb, followed by identification of specific pathologies related to functional loss in order to determine proper orthotic treatment. This process includes evaluation of the patient and fabricating the basic orthoses to control specific joints of the upper extremity.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): OPCA 2020  with a grade of C or higher or concurrent enrollment.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Major pathologies of the upper-limb
    1. pathomechanics of the shoulder, arm and hand
    2. functional loss at various spinal cord lesion levels
    3. categorization of major pathologies
  2. Patient upper-limb evaluations
    1. Upper-limb technical analysis form
    2. physical assessment procedures
    3. upper-limb prescription principles
    4. orthotic recommendations
    5. casting and measuring
    6. differentiating design criteria for orthoses
  3. Fabrication
    1. orthoses component identification
    2. metal orthoses fabricating procedures
    3. plastic orthoses fabricating procedures
  4. Fitting
    1. hand and wrist-hand orthoses
    2. adjustments for proper fit and function
    3. final fit evaluation
    4. documentation

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

  1. describe the major pathologies of the upper-limb.
  2. fabricate hand and wrist-hand orthoses.
  3. fit hand and wrist-hand orthoses.
  4. perform upper-limb patient evaluations.

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