Prosthetist/Orthotist

Summary

Prosthetists/Orthotists assess the physical and functional limitations of people resulting from illness and disabilities, and provide prostheses (artificial limbs) and orthoses (supportive devices) to restore function or compensate for muscular and skeletal disabilities, including limb amputation.

Duties & Tasks

Prosthetists/orthotists may perform the following tasks:

  • assess and establish clients' needs through physical examinations and standardised tests
  • assess clients' functional abilities in home, work, educational and leisure environments and recommend appropriate prosthetic/orthotic devices
  • design, prescribe and fit prosthetic/orthotic devices to meet clients' needs
  • provide advice to other healthcare professionals regarding patients' problems, needs, progress and any pre-surgical planning
  • provide gait (walking) training and education relating to the use of prosthetic/orthotic devices
  • test and adjust the prostheses or orthoses for effectiveness and client comfort
  • record and report on client progress
  • supervise support personnel.

Working Conditions

Prosthetists/orthotists may work with prosthetic/orthotic technicians and other health professionals.

Personal Requirements

  • aptitude for technical tasks
  • good communication skills
  • enjoy helping people
  • able to work as part of a team.

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