An orthosis is a custom designed and custom fabricated device to help restore function & mobility, prevent deformity and provide support and protection for an affected limb. Once a prescription for a custom orthosis has been made, the process of obtaining an orthosis may begin. At the initial appointment, the patient is assessed both physically and cognitively to determine their needs, goals, and desires. From this, the orthotist will determine how the brace should be designed to best suit the patient.
Orthotic devices prescribed include the following:
- Elbow Orthosis (EO)
- Shoulder Orthosis (SO)
- Leather Wrist Gauntlet
- Wrist Hand Orthoses (WHO)
- Cervical Neck Orthosis
- Helmet Orthosis
- Custom Foot Orthotics
- Ankle Foot Orthotics (AFO’s)
- Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics (KAFO’s)
- Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics (HKAFO)
- Scoliosis Body Jackets
- Spinal Immobilization Braces
At the onset of orthotic treatment, the orthotist must perform a patient evaluation, objective tests and analyses, and a dynamic shape capture. From this a positive anatomical model is typically generated, unless the orthotic treatment calls for an “off-the-shelf” solution. The custom orthosis is then fabricated, and a dynamic functional evaluation of the patient is scheduled.
At this appointment, the brace is evaluated, the patient is educated on proper wearing schedules, maintenance, washing instructions, and donning/doffing of the device. Gait training may be recommended, and suggestions regarding essential day-to-day activities may be provided. A follow-up appointment is scheduled for 2 weeks post-initial functional evaluation to assess the progress of the orthotic treatment.
Sudbury Prosthetic & Orthotic Design Ltd. is a facility that sees a diverse patient base. Possible patients include those with pathologies such as:
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Muscular dystrophy
- Congenital abnormalities
- Sport injuries
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