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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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OPCA 2040 - Clinical Applications of Spinal Orthoses

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This course focuses on the identification of spinal anatomy and pathologies to formulate a spinal orthotic treatment plan. Content includes measurement acquisition, shape-capturing techniques, and fitting of pre-made and custom-fabricated spinal orthoses. Course projects concentrate on specific fitting criteria and orthosis selection to achieve functional biomechanical control of the affected trunk segments.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Instructor consent
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
1. Spinal pathologies

  1. related anatomy
  2. biomechanics of the spine
  3. pathologies impacting the spine
  4. functional loss

2. Treatment plan formulation

  1. evaluate findings
  2. synthesize patient information
  3. design spinal orthoses
  4. communicate with team, patient, caregivers

3. Implement a treatment plan

  1. orthometry form
  2. differentiate design criteria
  3. shape-capturing techniques
  4. fabrication
  5. fitting criteria
  6. biomechanical assessment

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

  1. identify spinal pathologies.
  2. formulate a spinal orthotic treatment plan.
  3. implement a spinal orthotic treatment plan.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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