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Health Careers Education
Upper Limb Orthotics
The student will use principles learned in previous courses to design and fabricate upper limb support systems. Metal and plastics will be used to customize each orthosis. Additional topics will include troubleshooting and repair.
Cindy Schneider
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Orthotics and Prosthetics Equipment and Materials; Anatomy & Physiology or evaluation by Instructor.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

-Describe hand prehension patterns and the position of function for the hand and wrist.

-Identify bones and joints of the hand and wrist.

-Correctly use terms of anatomical reference.

-Describe the movements of the fingers, thumb and wrist.

-Identify muscles of the hand, wrist and forearm.

-Identify upper limb orthosis and their components.

-Read about the upper limb orthometry form.

-Fabricate aluminum and plastic hand- and wrist-hand orthosis with thumb abduction bars.
AAOS Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices. Third Edition. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. St. Louis: Mosby, 1997.

Selected Readings from the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics. The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetics. 1995.

Anderson, Miles H. Ed.D. and Charles C. Thomas. Upper Extremity Orthotics. Springfield, Illinois, 1965.

Anderson, Miles H. Ed.D. and Charles C. Thomas. Functional Bracing of the Upper Extremities, Springfield, Illinois, 1958.
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Therapeutic Services Orthotics Technician
Health Science Therapeutic Services Orthotics/Prosthetics Technician