Therapeutic Casting and Splinting for the Lower Extremity I
*Optional registration for Therapeutic Casting of the Upper Extremity I on 3/14. Please see https://tcle-3-2019.eventbrite.com for details. Therapeutic Casting and Splinting for the Lower Extremity I: A Manual Therapy Approach Techniques to improve joint alignment for function March 15-17, 2019 Instructor: Amanda Hall, PT, MPT, PCS, ATP Hosted by: Marymount University, Arlington, VA 19.25 contact hours Amanda will be teaching pre-conference Course at CSM 2019 which will be a one-day introduction to modern serial casting concepts. This course offers the participant the chance for hands-on lab opportunities for clinical applications of these concepts. Course Description Therapeutic Serial Casting: This course will provide the knowledge base and practical skills for use of therapeutic casting to address impaired ankle dorsiflexion in pediatric and neurologic patient populations. Participants will learn to identify appropriate candidates for casting, problem solve which materials and techniques are appropriate for various clinical presentations, and evaluate progress. The course will emphasize the importance of differential diagnosis in the structures limiting movement of the foot and ankle complex, as well as the use of the therapist’s specific manual intervention to soft tissue and joint structures before and during casting to maximize therapeutic effects of casts. Attendees will learn to align casts to optimize therapeutic gait and standing for appropriate patients. A clinical reasoning pathway for problem-solving selection of orthoses for use after casting will be presented. This is a lab course with multiple opportunities to learn and apply hands-on practical skills which can be carried over to the clinical setting after course completion. Therapeutic Splinting: The course will also instruct participants in the use of casting materials to make removable therapeutic splints. A well-fabricated orthosis supports the target joint in the desired range of motion, prevents compensatory movement and deviation, distributes corrective forces evenly and safely, is aligned for function, and is easily donned and doffed. This can be difficult to achieve around a joint with abnormal tone and posturing with triplanar deviations. Casting techniques can be utilized to give orthoses selective strength and flexibility while providing specific alignment. Participants will participate in multiple labs to learn techniques to combine for fabrication of circumferential, clamshell, and bivalve orthoses. For fabrication of temporary ankle-foot-orthoses (AFOs) for use upon completion of serial casting, attendees will take fiberglass molds and align splints for specific kinematics to maximize therapeutic gait. Course costs includes supply cost for multiple hands-on labs using a variety of casting materials. Participants will receive a detailed manual with guide to assessment, selection of casting materials, step by step instructions, and recommended competency assessment. Audience: physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. Registration is limited, early registration is recommended. Prerequisites: None. This class is appropriate for clinicians without casting experience, or for those with casting experience who are looking to expand their repertoire of techniques and materials as well as expand their castings to include a manual therapy approach. Repeating Courses: Casting techniques are complicated motor skills and many clinicians wish to take courses more than once for additional practice and feedback. For clinicians who have attended a Level I class previously, the class can be repeated at a 50% discount as space allows. Contact course organizer for details. TA Training: If you have taken a therapeutic casting course and are interested in becoming a lab assistant for courses, please contact course organizer. Course Objectives Upon completion of the course, you will be able to: Select candidates for therapeutic casting using the
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