It describes the science and practice of assessing a patient and designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, altering or servicing an orthosis. Some can be found in over-the-counter venues like cushioned heel cups or insoles for shoes. Other orthotic devices require custom fit.
Health professionals, called Orthotists, assess, quantify, propose, fabricate, assemble, tailor, alter and service orthotic braces. Their role encompasses patient assessment, formation of a treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. Orthotists operate in conjunction with licensed physicians, chiropractors or podiatrists to remedy or mitigate neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction, disease, injury or deformity.
What are the benefits?
- Adapting their devices to fit on debilitated body parts
- Re-organizing anatomical structures
- Assisting individuals to walk safely and effectively
- Helping individuals learn how to enhance the functionality of their orthotics
- Recognizing environmental obstacles in social, home and work settings
- Perfecting overall balance; and
- Improving the function of limbs that have been altered by accident, congenital deformity, neural condition or disease.
- In thoughtful integration of treatment protocols of other treatment team members to the highest standards
- In relevant, meaningful rehabilitation projects and exercises focused on the client’s individual needs
- In facilitating independence, helping to maximize each person’s potential
- In services delivered in a caring, compassionate, and sensitive manner