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Therapeutic Casting for the Lower Extremity I (Fri-Sat)

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Marymount University

Physical Therapy Program

4040 N Fairfax Drive

Arlington, VA 22207

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Therapeutic Casting for the Lower Extremity I: A Manual Therapy Approach

Techniques to improve joint alignment for function


February 9-10, 2018

Instructor: Amanda Hall, PT, MPT, PCS

Hosted by: Marymount University, Arlington, VA

14 contact hours


Course Description

This course will provide the knowledge base and practical skills for use of casting materials to manage common impairments 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. Therapists will also learn to fabricate temporary splints for use after casting is complete and to problem-solve selection of orthotics for long-term use. The course will include multiple opportunities to learn and apply hands-on practical skills which can be carried over to the clinical setting after course completion. Audience: physical therapists and physical therapy 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. For clinicians who have taken an introduction course to lower extremity casting with this instructor, this two-day lower extremity course will expand skills and provide increased opportunity to practice.

Course costs includes supply cost for several hands-on labs using a variey of casting materials. Participants will receive a detailed manual with assessment and background information, guide to casting materials, step by step instructions, and recommended competency assessment.


Course Objectives

  1. Discuss candidate identification for serial casting using the ICF model, including rationale, assessment, considerations, precautions, and contraindications.
  2. Contrast various materials used for serial casting and splinting, with their different properties and benefits for use for varied therapeutic goals.
  3. Describe a variety of casting techniques that might be employed depending on patient presentation and goals.
  4. Demonstrate assessment for lower extremity serial casting, including gait, weightbearing and non-weightbearing alignment, tone, and triplanar, multi-joint ankle and foot mobility.
  5. Discuss and perform soft tissue mobility assessment and mobilizations prior to and during cast application.
  6. Describe basic concepts of shank kinematics as they relate to cast and orthotic design.
  7. Apply a lower extremity serial cast with appropriate alignment of joints and application of casting materials, utilizing effective body mechanics.
  8. Contrast orthotic options and their application for various patient presentations after casting.

Instructor

Amanda Hall, PT, MPT, PCS received her MPT from the University of Washington in 2001 and her PCS in 2011. She has built her knowledge base of orthotics, casting, and splinting throughout her 15 years of clinical practice, which has included a wide range of pediatric settings including outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, complex care, NICU, and orthotic/equipment clinic. She has developed a framework for serial casting based on evidence-informed practice with a focus on manual therapy, neuro handling techniques, and biomechanic alignment of casts, with specific use of casting materials. Her framework also has a strong focus in patient-centered treatment and design, and her work has received mainstream media attention as the "Madcaster," including features with MTV, UsWeekly, ABC, Complex, and NBC (check out @madcaster on Instagram). In the Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Equipment Department of the HSC Pediatric Center, in Washington, DC, she provides serial casting for upper and lower extremities as well as orthotic, equipment, and assistive technology evaluations. She also works with outpatients in private practice and is involved in clinical research related to serial casting.

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