Orthotist and Prosthetist

Orthotists or Prosthetists design, build, fit and repair splints, braces, callipers, artificial limbs and related appliances to restore function or compensate for muscular and skeletal disabilities.
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    Overview

    Orthotists or Prosthetists design, build, fit and repair splints, braces, callipers, artificial limbs and related appliances to restore function or compensate for muscular and skeletal disabilities.

    Day-to-day

    • examines the patient and takes the necessary measurements to create an artificial limb, brace, splint or other related appliance
    • reads prescriptions for limbs and other related devices
    • makes a plaster cast of the limb or abnormality
    • designs limbs or related appliances
    • makes the device or limb and supervises its construction or selects a commercially-made product and adjusts it to fit the patient
    • fits the device or limb to the patient
    • instructs the patient on the use and care of the device or limb
    • carries out repairs and follow-ups with the patient to evaluate the effectiveness of an artificial limb or device.

    To become an Orthotist and Prosthetist

    • You need a university degree in applied science or health science majoring in prosthetics and orthotics to work as an Orthotist or Prosthetist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

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