This summer is already flying by as we begin our 3rd summer class. We finished Introduction to Lab Skills and Materials and Clinical Evaluation Tools and are now into our Orthotic Management of the Spine class. During the Lab Skills class, we learned how to use various machines and tools such as drill presses, grinders, band saw, sandblaster, sewing machines, and many more. We practiced making multiple tools out of plastic and metal and how to perform plaster casting. During the Clinical Eval class, we practiced various ranges of motion, manual muscle, and orthopedic tests on each other. In the spine class, we are learning about many prefabricated orthotic braces for the neck and spine and will soon be making our own custom Bi-valve TLSOs.
The class highlight for this week is Candace! She is posing in the plaster cast I wrapped. Candace is from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and got her Bachelor’s in International Studies with an emphasis in Spanish and a Minor in Graphic Design at Southern Adventist University. She has been quick to gain precise hand skills with the power tools and machines and knows how to make everything look aesthetic. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and hanging out with her cat, Henry.