Online Course
Introduction to Spinal Orthoses
Gain insight into the different types of orthotics for spinal pathology

1.5-2 hours





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Donna Fisher
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Donna enjoys opportunities to educate and teach and has extensive knowledge and experience in Prosthetics and Orthotics

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The spine is a complex anatomical structure and is key to our overall function. A spinal orthosis is an external aid used to correct and support the spine. It is not possible to treat all spinal conditions with orthotics alone. However, a multidisciplinary team approach that includes orthotists, surgeons, and physiotherapists and considers the patient's perspectives can positively impact many conditions, from fractures to scoliosis. As will be discussed in this course, a thorough assessment, appropriate goal setting and clear expectations will result in a well-designed, appropriate orthotic device which is comfortable, functional and meets the user's needs.


This course aims to provide an overview of different types of spinal orthoses.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • explain the four principles of spinal bracing
  • discuss basic spinal anatomy
  • identify ten common disorders treated with spinal orthoses
  • describe six different types of spinal orthoses
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Thank you very much for this topic. I got the chance to review everything that I learned in physiotherapy school.
Bernardo Jr. Cainto
Trinidad And Tobago