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Courses in LE Deformity Management for Children and Adults
with CNS Dysfunction


Part 2: Practicum Sessions in Below Knee Serial Casting and Splint Fabrication Techniques


4-Day Program
Who Should Attend?

Any clinician involved or interested in the rehabilitative or orthotic care of this population, who has completed the prerequisite Developmental/Closed-Chain Biomechanics or Current Concepts courses since December 31, 1999, is welcome to attend this course. If you are a:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Orthotist
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician
  • Orthopedist
  • PT Assistant*
  • Podiatrist
  • Occupational Therapist**
  • Orthopedic Technician*

...you will find this course valuable to your practice.

*  Physical Therapy Assistants may attend as part of a team that includes a qualified Physical Therapist. Orthopedic Technicians are welcome if accompanied by a CO, CPO, or PT from the same facility.

**  Occupational Therapists are welcome if LE splinting or casting is included in their treatment responsibilities.

Enrollment Prerequisites:

Enrollment is limited to applicants who have since 2000 completed a course that was presented by Ms. Cusick, and that featured supervised labs in LE ms/skeletal assessments, e.g. Part 1: Developmental / Closed-Chain Biomechanics, or the course entitledCurrent Concepts. Those who attended a preliminary program earlier than the qualifying date for this course are encouraged to repeat a preliminary course, as so much new information has been added to these courses over the years.

Course Description

This course is a sequel to Part I: Developmental/Closed-Chain Biomechanics... for those who wish to acquire novice-level skill in serial casting and splint fabrication techniques. Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, Instructor, introduces participants to the fabrication of 3 types of progressive below-knee casts - a plaster and SoftCast™ combination, a FlexCast© Preparatory AFO, and a footboard FlexCast combination - and to a variety of lower extremity splints made with Aquaplast–T™.

As these sessions are introductory, and these skills require practice to master, these sessions are designed to foster better practice.

Course Objectives

Anticipated Course Schedule

Day 1: Serial Casting Practicum

(Wear soilable shorts or loose-legged pants today.
No formal breaks today - graze at will.)
7:30 Library Time
8:00 Foot Molding Lab
8:45 Review of casting materials
9:15 Demo: Plaster and Softcast™ Below-Knee Cast Fabrication
10:30 Practicum: Plaster and Softcast™ Below-Knee Cast Fabrication
12:00 Lunch - on premises.
12:45 Practicum continued: Plaster and Softcast™ Below-Knee Cast Fabrication
2:30 Demo and Practicum: Flexcast Fabrication and (optional) Footboard Fabrication
5:30 Clean-up

Day 2: Splint Fabrication Lab

(No formal breaks today - graze at will.)
8:15 Review of materials
9:00 Splint-pulling Basics
9:30 Demo and Practicum:
  • Stabilizing Foot Splints (SFS) - 2 models
  • Supramalleolar Splint (SMS) - 2 models
  • Foot piece for Articulated Ankle-Foot Splint
12:00 Lunch on premises
12:45 Resume Demos and Practicum:
  • Finish the Articulated Ankle-Foot Splint
2:30 Demos and Practicum - Procedures in Sitting
  • Knee Hyperextension Splint
  • Articulated Rear-Entry, Crouch-Control (DF-Resist) AFS
5:00 Clean-up / Turn in course evaluations

Restrictions

Prerequisites: Enrollment is limited to applicants who have since 2000 completed a course that was presented by Ms. Cusick, and that featured supervised labs in LE ms/skeletal assessments, e.g. Part 1: Developmental / Closed-Chain Biomechanics, or the course entitledCurrent Concepts. Those who attended a preliminary program earlier than the qualifying date for this course are encouraged to repeat a preliminary course, as so much new information has been added to these courses over the years.

Video Recording policy: Videotaping of this program is prohibited. Audiotaping for personal review is permitted with permission from the Instructor.

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