UE Splinting


Splinting for Immobilization AND Splinting for Mobilization

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Presenter: Debby Schwartz,  OTD, OTR/L, CHT

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Splinting for Immobilization



Splinting for Mobilization



Contact Hours:  8/each course or 16/both courses

$285 for one day prior to     / $310 on or after

$495 for both days prior to     / $530 on or after

Please Note:    You may take one course or both!!

  • Register Early:  Splinting courses are our #1 requested course topic!  Please register early as space is limited.  ​​​
  • We welcome Physical and Occupational Therapists and Physical and Occupational Therapy Assistants of all levels.  We are a continuing education provider for OT and PT in the states of WA, OR, MT, AK, and ID.​
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​​​​Date/Location ​Online Registration ​Paper Registraion ​Course Details
Saturday and/or Sunday

Immobilization Splinting Day 1

This is a full day splinting workshop featuring 5-6 immobilization orthoses.  The workshop format includes power point presentation on the principles of orthotic fabrication with discussion of indications for splinting and characteristics of splinting materials.  The lecture will be followed by demonstration of splints and hands on splint lab time.  Attendees will earn 0.8 CEU’s and each fabricate five unique orthoses from Orfit materials. ​

Day 1 includes:

8:00     Presentation: Principles of Orthoses for Immobilization

9:15- 12:00     Demonstration and hands on fabrication of the following:

  • Circumferential Wrist Orthosis
  • Dorsal Wrist Orthosis

12:00 – 1:00    Lunch

1:00- 4:45       Demonstration and hands on fabrication of the following:

  • Resting Hand Orthosis
  • Ulnar / Radial Gutter Orthosis
  • Finger and Thumb Short Opponens Orthoses with Orficast

5:00     Evaluations and Conclusion

Mobilization Splinting Day 2

This is a full day advanced splinting workshop featuring 4 mobilization orthoses including dynamic and static progressive designs.  The workshop format includes a power point presentation on the principles of mobilization splinting followed by demonstration and hands on splint lab time.  Attendees will earn 0.8 CEU’s and make four advanced orthoses incorporating wires, coils and Orfitube outriggers.

Day 2 includes:

8:00     Presentation: Principles of Orthoses for Mobilization

9:15- 12:00     Demonstration and hands on fabrication of the following:

  • Composite Finger Flexion Orthosis
  • Extensor Outrigger Orthosis (Orfitubes)

12:00- 1:00     Lunch

1:00- 4:45       Demonstration and hands on fabrication of the following:

  • Low Profile Radial Nerve Palsy Orthosis (Finger Extension Assist/ low profile radial nerve palsy orthosis
  • Anti- Ulnar Drift and Anti Swan Neck Orthoses (Ulnar drift correction / prevention and Swan neck correction/ prevention orthoses)
  • Finger and Thumb Orthoses (yoke, mallet, boutonniere, anti- swan , CMC, trigger finger, time permitting)

5:00     Evaluations and Conclusion

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course(s), participants will be able to:

1. Recognize indications, precautions and contraindications for immobilization and mobilization splinting of the upper extremity

2. Analyze mechanical properties required to fabricate low temperature thermoplastic immobilization and mobilization splints for the upper extremity.

3. Compare and contrast splinting materials, outrigger/ and or coil designs of immobilization and mobilization splints.

4. Identify important anatomical structures and landmarks of the upper extremity.

5. Analyze key characteristics of splinting materials for fabrication of specific splints.

6. Gain fabrication skills utilizing different splinting materials.



Debby Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Product and Educational Specialist, Physical Rehabilitation

Debby is a hand therapist with over 30 years of experience as a practicing clinician.  She has joined Orfit Industries America to promote product awareness and splinting education. Debby is an active member of ASHT and has participated in many IFSHT meetings as well.  She has presented on a variety of hand therapy topics both at national and international conferences and has written a number of articles for hand therapy publications, including the Journal of Hand Therapy,the British Journal of Hand Therapy, ADVANCE for OT, OT Practice, and http://www.exploringhandtherapy.com. She has also written chapters on hand therapy topics and orthotic fabrication for Occupational Therapy reference books.  Debby earned her doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.​​