are responsible for the provision of prostheses (artificial limbs)
to people with amputations, and orthoses (supportive devices) to
people with muscular and skeletal disabilities. They aim to maximise
the function and comfort of the client by providing the most appropriate
prosthetic or orthotic treatment.
may perform the following tasks:
clients' needs by physical examination
physicians in pre-surgical planning and in the formulation of
prescriptions for prostheses
fabricate, fit and align the prostheses or orthoses
the effectiveness and comfort of these aids
and report clinical information
advice to other health professionals and clients
may work with prosthetic/orthotic technicians and other health professionals.
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