WHAT IS AN ORTHOTIST/PROSTHETIST?
Orthotist/prosthetists are tertiary qualified Allied Health Professionals who assess and treat the physical and functional limitations of people resulting from illnesses and disabilities, including limb amputations. Orthotist/prosthetists are trained to prescribe, design, fit and monitor orthoses and prostheses.
WHAT DOES AN ORTHOTIST/PROSTHETIST DO?
The orthotist/prosthetist’s role is to assess, prescribe, design, fit, monitor, provide therapy and educate regarding the use and care of an appropriate orthosis/prosthesis that serves an individual’s requirements.
Orthotist/prosthetists treat a wide variety of clients such as children born with congenital limb deficiency or cerebral palsy, people who have had an amputation following an accident, patients with muscular weakness after a stroke or spinal injury, patients with diabetic foot ulcers or the elderly who have lost a limb as a result of vascular disease.