Prefabricated orthotics have been used by clinicians to reverse or maintain lost range of motion due to contractures for many years. Traditionally, braces for contracture treatment are fit so that the brace maintains the joint at a comfortable end range stretch. Unfortunately, this widely used fitting method does little more than to maintain lost range of motion.This course will introduce participants to various alternative methods of orthotic fitting, including progressive extension orthotic fitting and the use of dynamic or static-dynamic braces to maximize patient rehabilitation. Clinical pathways will be discussed matching the type of orthotic therapy which may be most appropriate to select based upon the underlying joint pathology. The NeuroStretch™ Passive Range of Motion and Joint Assessment Technique will be taught during the course for assessing the potential of joint rehabilitation. The Palpation Method of Brace Fitting will be taught to allow participants to evaluate the stretch provided by a brace to ensure optimal therapeutic stretching is provided by the brace. Lecture,case study presentations, and hand-on lab experiences are implemented to enhance the learning process.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Distinguish between contracture types.
2. Perform NeuroStretch™ - a manual technique designed to diminish abnormal tone and to assess contracture qualities.
3. Select the most appropriate type of orthotic brace depending on types of prefabricated limb orthoses used to treat contractures and understand the therapy options available by type of orthotic.
4. Learn the Palpation Technique of brace fitting evaluation.
5. Select the most appropriate type of prefabricated orthotic technology based upon joint pathology and the desired rehabilitation objective.
Recommended for PT. OT, PTA, and COTA’s.
Level of Experience Recommended: Intermediate
Lunch is provided. Registration begins at 7:00am, the course starts promptly at 8:00am
8:00 Contracture development/etiology
9:00 Clinical pathways -treatment options
9:30 Orthotic designs and therapies
10:15 Orthotic design review
11:30 Static and Progressive Ext therapy
12:30 Static Dynamic braces
1:30 Low Load Stretching
2:00 NeuroStretch lab
3:15 Palpation Fit Eval lab
4:30 Clinical Pathways
5:00 Course conclusion
Enrollment is limited.
Early Registration is requested.
Please note Cancellations within two weeks of the event will becharged a $25.00 cancelation fee. Refunds will not be provided to those who do not cancel within two weeks of the event or for those who begin an event but do not complete it.
For more information about this event, please contact Paul Medvene at: PMedvene@skilledhc.com
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Instructor: John Kenney Certified Orthotist
John Kenney, BOCO, has specialized in the treatment of contractures due to immobility and neurological dysfunction. He currently holds 7 US and multiple international patents for orthotic devices and orthotics with electro-therapy to effectively treat contractures. Mr. Kenney also developed the NeuroStretch Technique, an alternative to traditional passive stretching techniques for contracture assessment and PROM for patients with spasticity. Mr.Kenney has spoken nation wide on the issue of contracture management for the past 8 years. He is also the Past Chairman of the Region D Medicare Advisory Committee and a member of the Executive Board for the Board of Certification for Orthotics and Prosthetics.