Fracture Orthoses


This one hour introductory level course for PT/PTA, OT/OTA, RN, Case Managers and other health care professionals provides an overview of fracture classifications, biomechanical principles of orthotic intervention, appropriate orthotic selection and treatment protocols. The objective is to educate the attendees on appropriate orthotic selection for various fracture classifications and the benefits of orthotic intervention vs. traditional casting procedures.

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the classifications of fracture types such as closed; comminuted; dislocated; malunion and non-union
  • Discuss goals of orthotic management of a fracture
  • Describe the benefits of a fracture orthosis to the user of such a device
  • Discuss the clinical indications for various fracture orthosis designs, such as wrist-hand; wrist hand elbow; humeral; ankle foot; tibial; knee ankle foot and hip knee ankle foot devices

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Domain of OT: Activity Demands, Client Factors
  • OT Process: Intervention

Hanger Clinic is an AOTA approved provider of occupational therapy continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.0 CE Contact Hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA APP No: 8417.