OPCA 2020 - Clinical Applications of Lower Extremity Orthoses
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This course covers the pathological effects of disease, trauma, and malformation of the lower limb and relates it to functional loss. Content includes patient evaluation, shape-capturing techniques, measurement acquisition, and lab skills to successfully design, fabricate, and fit several types of lower limb orthoses. Gait is analyzed to evaluate lower extremity function and treatment outcomes.
Prerequisite(s): Instructor consent
1. Major pathologies of the lower limb
- related anatomy
- functional loss
- pathologic gait
- patient history
- evaluation of impairment
- gait analysis
- identify treatment goals
- medical documentation
- patient management
3. Formulate a treatment plan
- evaluate findings
- synthesize patient information
- design device
- material/ component selection
- communication with team, patient, caregivers
4. Implement a treatment plan
- shape capturing techniques
- orthometry forms
- model rectification
- fabrication techniques
- quality control
- optimize fit/function
- educate patient
5. Follow-up plan
- device maintenance
- continuing care plan
- growth and development
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- discuss the major pathologies of the lower limb.
- assess lower extremity orthotic needs.
- formulate a lower extremity orthotic treatment plan.
- implement lower extremity orthotic treatment plans.
- articulate a follow-up plan.
Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)
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