Prosthetists & Orthotists
Prosthetists & Orthotists
Orthotist careers and prosthetist careers include interviewing patients, determining their needs, and designing orthopedic and prosthetic devices around physicians’ prescriptions.
A person, who having completed an approved course of education and training, is authorized by an appropriate national authority to design, measure and fit prostheses.
A person, who having completed an approved course of education and training, is authorized by an appropriate national authority to design, measure and fit orthoses.
What do Orthotists do?
Orthotists are professionals who fit external braces (orthoses) and supports for amputees, or those who have weakened or deformed body parts due to injury or birth defect.
What do Prosthetists do?
Prosthetists measure for, produce, and fit artificial limbs (also known as prosthetics), to help those who have lost limb function. These individuals include amputees, as well as those who have lost function of their limbs due to injury or birth defect.
A Certified Prosthetist (also known as a CP) in the US is a prosthetist who has passed the certification standards of the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. They must maintain their certification through mandatory educational programs and adherence to the Code of Professional Responsibility.
Orthotist and Prosthetist practitioners are integral members of the healthcare and rehabilitation team. Practitioners evaluate patients, formulate treatment plans, and provide follow-up care and continued patient management that ensures the overall welfare of their patients.
Orthotists and prosthetists work in a variety of settings: private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, specialty clinics, and nursing homes.
The process orthotists and prosthetists undergo when creating a new orthotic or prosthetic device involves measuring the patient’s body, creating a mold of the body part to be fitted with a brace or artificial limb, then fit, test, and make any necessary adjustments to the device.
After the device is completed, they fit it on the patient and make adjustments to maximize comfort, alignment, and appearance. They also counsel patients on how to use the devices and proper maintenance. These professionals usually work with several technicians and assistants.
Orthotists and prosthetists programs cover subjects such as:
- Upper and lower extremity orthotics and prosthetics
- Spinal orthotics
- Plastics and other materials
- Human anatomy
- Gait analysis
Recovery is an ongoing process, and varies from person to person. There are several phases on the road to recovery, and each can hold difficult challenges and require different coping strategies. Many people feel that talking with friends and family (or a counselor) can help ease emotional distress.
Patients undergoing amputation will need help in dealing with the changes in body image as they adjust to the loss of a limb. They should be encouraged and given the opportunity to express feelings of anxiety, grief, anger, and depression, and given guidance in working toward a healthy acceptance of their handicap.
About Kenney Orthopedics…
Working closely with patients and caregivers in Kentucky and Indiana, the Kenney Orthopedics Team employs the latest biomechanical management, materials, and technology to restore function and permit normal motion after your amputation. Our highly qualified staff in our Kentucky and Indiana locations will select, design, and fabricate the appropriate prostheses, prosthetic, or orthosis to fit your specific lifestyle and needs. Please contact us, or visit us at one of our many locations in Kentucky or Indiana if you have any questions!
Working closely with patients and caregivers in Kentucky and Indiana, the Kenney Orthopedics Team employs the latest biomechanical management, materials, and technology to restore function and permit normal motion after your amputation.
The highly qualified staff of Kenney Orthopedics will select, design, and fabricate the appropriate prostheses, prosthetic limb or device, or orthosis to fit your specific lifestyle and needs after your amputation. Visit us in Louisville or Lexington, Kentucky, or at one of our other locations in Kentucky (KY) or Indiana (IN). We can help you get moving again with a prosthesis designed for you after your amputation!
Learn about our talented, qualified staff here!