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Physical Therapy Continuing Education eProfessor Profile

Deborah A. Schwartz OTR/L, OTD, CHT

Dr. Schwartz is a certified hand therapist with more than 30 years of experience as a practicing clinician. Dr. Schwartz has presented on a variety of hand therapy topics at national and international conferences, and has written a number of articles for hand therapy publications, including a literature review of static progressive orthoses and a systematic review of joint mobilizations.

Examples of Dr. Schwartz's accomplishments include:

  • Product and educational specialist in physical rehabilitation for Orfit Industries America, a manufacturer of splints and immobilization systems.
  • Active member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy.


Orthotics (7.00 hours)

Deborah A. Schwartz OTR/L, OTD, CHT

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

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  • Schwartz DA. Thermoplastic hinges: eliminating the need for rivets in mobilization orthoses. J Hand Ther. 2012 Jul-Sep;25(3):335-40; quiz 341.
  • Schwartz DA. Static progressive orthoses for the upper extremity: a comprehensive literature review. Hand (N Y). 2012 Mar;7(1):10-7.
  • Heiser R, O'Brien VH, Schwartz DA. The use of joint mobilization to improve clinical outcomes in hand therapy: a systematic review of the literature. J Hand Ther. 2013 Oct-Dec;26(4):297-311; quiz 311.
  • Schwartz DA. An alternative fabrication method of the dart thrower's motion orthosis (also known as the dart orthosis). J Hand Ther. 2016 Jul-Sep;29(3):339-47.
  • Schwartz DA, Peimer CA. Distal interphalangeal joint implant arthroplasty in a musician. J Hand Ther. 1998 Jan-Mar;11(1):49-52.
  • Schwartz DA, Janssen RG. Static progressive splint for composite flexion. J Hand Ther. 2005 Oct-Dec;18(4):447-9.
  • Schwartz DA. Strategies for facilitation of tendon transfers for enhanced wrist extension in cerebral palsy: a case report. Brit J Hand Ther. 2005 Mar 20;10(1):10-6.
  • Schwartz DA. Hands across the water: clinical observations of hand therapy practices in Great Britain and Norway. J Hand Ther. 2006 Jul-Sep;19(3):358-64.
  • Weiss S, Schwartz DA, Anderson SC. Radiography: a review for the rehabilitation professional. J Hand Ther. 2007 Apr-Jun;20(2):152-78; quiz 179.
  • Schwartz DA, Chafetz R. Continuous passive motion after tenolysis in hand therapy patients: a retrospective study. J Hand Ther. 2008 Jul-Sep;21(3):261-6; quiz 267.
  • Janssen RG, Schwartz DA, Velleman PF. A randomized controlled study of contrast baths on patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. J Hand Ther. 2009 Jul-Sep;22(3):200-7; quiz 208.
  • Schwartz DA. In the clinic: my turn at applying the occupational therapy practice framework. OT Practice. 2010 Apr 5;22-3.

Other Publications

  • Schwartz DA, Long SM. Bosnian boy finds hope in hand therapy. ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. 1999 May 31.
  • Schwartz DA. Your story: worth a thousand words. ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. 2004 Apr 9.
  • Schwartz DA. Tendon transfer rehabilitation: strategies for success. Exploring Hand Therapy Newsletter. 2006;6 (2):1-15.
  • Schwartz DA. Getting a handle on CPM. ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. 2007 Apr 16;23(8):22-4.
  • Schwartz DA. Report from a world-wide traveling hand therapist. Exploring Hand Therapy Newsletter. 2007;7(1);24-6.
  • Schwartz DA. A guide to choosing the proper splinting material for your splints. Exploring Hand Therapy Newsletter. 2008;8(3);1-13.
  • Schwartz DA. Reflections on practice: static progressive splints. ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. 2010 Jun 7;26(12):29.


  • Evelyn Mackin Traveling Hand Therapist Award, American Hand Therapy Foundation, 2005.

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