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ORTE 2020 - Upper-Limb Fabrication

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture 1Lab 6
Course Description: This course concentrates on identification of the skeletal structure, joints and landmarks of the hand, wrist, and forearm. The course covers the identification of various types of upper-extremity orthoses and the interpretation of upper-extremity orthometry forms. Students fabricate both metal and plastic hand and wrist-hand orthoses to specific prescription from measurements and plaster models of the upper extremities in the orthotics lab.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): ORTE 2010  or concurrently enrolled.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. A. Upper-limb anatomy and biomechanics
    1. finger, hand, wrist structures
    2. normal wrist, hand, finger motion range
    3. hand, finger prehension patterns
    4. anatomical terminology
  2. B. Upper-limb orthoses and components
    1. basic opponents wrist, hand orthoses and attachments
    2. external powered prehension orthoses
    3. plastic system upper-limb orthoses
  3. C. Plastic and metal hand and wrist-hand orthoses fabrication and assembly
    1. upper-limb orthometry forms
    2. upper-limb components
    3. upper-limb model modifications
    4. component shaping
    5. component assembling

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

  1. A. identify basic upper-limb anatomy.
  2. B. explain upper-limb biomechanics.
  3. C. differentiate between various upper-limb orthoses and their components.
  4. D. interpret prescriptive orthometry forms and measurements.
  5. E. fabricate components for plastic and metal hand orthoses and wrist-hand orthoses.
  6. F. assemble plastic and metal hand orthoses and wrist-hand orthoses.

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