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 testsassess clients' functional abilities in home, work, educational and leisure environments and recommend appropriate prosthetic/orthotic devicesdesign, prescribe and fit prosthetic/orthotic devices to meet clients' needsprovide advice to other healthcare professionals regarding patients' problems, needs, progress and any pre-surgical planningprovide gait (walking) training and education relating to the use of prosthetic/orthotic devices test and adjust the prostheses or orthoses for effectiveness and client comfortrecord and report on client progresssupervise support personnel.
Prosthetists/orthotists may work with prosthetic/orthotic technicians and other health professionals.
- aptitude for technical tasks good communication skills enjoy helping people able to work as part of a team.