What Does The Field Of Orthotics Entail?
The field of orthotics is an area of medicine specializing in the design, fabrication and fitting of orthoses (braces).
Certified Orthotists (C.O.) evaluate and design solutions for patients requiring an orthosis due to muscle/bone impairment, disease or deformity. Their primary goal is to restore mobility and to prevent or limit disability. Prescribed orthoses can provide support to those with fractures, ligament tears, and spinal cord injuries, and limit the effects of challenges resulting from birth complications such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Some examples of orthoses include knee braces, elbow supports, ankle, foot or leg braces, and spinal and neck braces.
Certified Orthotists take a holistic approach to their patients, carefully analyzing the chronic problem or injury as well as the underlying cause. With a thorough understanding of the disability and patient lifestyle through physical and biomechanical assessment as well as gait analysis, they can then design and manufacture the appropriate support.
Orthotists are highly trained, certified experts in the specialized science of custom orthoses. You can be confident that our certified staff is up to date in today’s technology through mandatory professional development and ongoing certification requirements. In-depth technical and clinical training is required, as well as an extended internship period prior to receiving certification in Canada.
What Does The Field Of Prosthetics Entail?
The field of prosthetics is the branch of medicine involving the design, fabrication, fitting and use of artificial body parts (prostheses) intended to replace a portion of the body absent at birth or lost through amputation.
A Prosthetist’s goal is to return the patient to the highest activity level possible within the limitations and challenges created by his or her impediment.
Your Certified Prosthetist (C.P.) is a highly trained professional, experienced in the design and manufacture of artificial body parts. They work closely with a team of medical professionals that may include your physician, surgeon, physical, and occupational therapist to ensure the best results for each individual. Continuing patient care and evaluation of any changing conditions or requirements also helps to maintain optimum use of the device.
Prosthetist’s follow the same mandate as Certified Orthotists with required professional development and ongoing certification requirements. The same in-depth technical and clinical training is required, as well as an extended internship period prior to receiving certification in Canada.