What is Prosthetics and Orthotics?

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Prosthetics and orthotics is the clinical discipline related to the provision of prostheses and orthoses. Prostheses are artificial limbs and orthoses are devices which provide support for the limbs or trunk. The role of the prosthetist and orthotist is a clinical one with responsibilities including caseload management, patient assessment, prescription and supply of prostheses and orthoses, liaison with other members of the multidisciplinary health team and supervision of manufacturing tasks related to prosthetic and orthotic fabrication. The prosthetist/orthotist combines knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology and materials with physical skills such as patient assessment, casting, measurement and alignment to provide prosthetic and orthotic treatment which is specific to each individual patient.

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