Helpful Definitions

 

 

Orthotist/Prosthetist;

tertiary qualified allied health professional should assess and treat the physical and functional limitations of people resulting from illness and disabilities, this includes limb amputations. Orthotist/prosthetists are trained to prescribe, design, fit and monitor orthoses and prostheses. (ref; AOPA)

 

Orthosis;

Extrinsic appliances (braces/splints) designed to support, align, protect or correct deformities or to improve function of the body.

 

Prosthesis;

Upper or lower extremity replacement following limb amputation.

 

 

 

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