Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinics
An orthotic, or brace, is an externally worn device that is designed to either support or assist a weakened or paralyzed trunk, joint or extremity. For short-term use, an off-the-shelf brace may be suitable. In many cases, however, to ensure proper fit and function, a brace must be custom-made to match a client’s specific needs.
Clients may benefit from a leg orthotic to assist with positioning, transfers, standing or walking. A WWRC physical therapist works with clients to determine the most appropriate type of leg brace to meet their goals. Physical therapists use evaluation braces or make temporary braces and shoe inserts for clients to try before prescribing a brace that is made by a certified brace specialist (orthotist). At that time, the physical therapist will refer you to the bi-monthly Orthotic Clinic to meet with a physician and orthotists to prescribe the recommended brace.
Once the brace is made, the orthotist works with the client and physical therapist to make sure that it fits comfortably and works well. Physical therapists train clients in using braces for proper positioning, transferring, standing and walking to the best of their ability in a safe manner.
Limb loss through trauma, disease or congenital absence is often treated by providing a prosthetic device (artificial limb) to substitute for the lost limb.
WWRC offers a monthly Prosthetic Clinic. The clinic team typically works with individuals who have already been using a prosthesis for some time and may be referred for a new device. Most persons undergoing amputations begin working with a prosthetist affiliated with their hospital soon after surgery and may require new devices over time. During a Prosthetic Clinic, clients are evaluated by a physician, a physical therapist (or occupational therapist for upper extremity devices) and licensed prosthetists to determine what prosthetic changes or replacement devices are needed. While the prosthetist is responsible for making and fitting the device, the clinic team will follow a client’s progress to ensure satisfaction with the fit and function of the device.
WWRC’s Durable Medical Equipment (DME) staff work with you to review insurance and any other funding resources that will cover the costs of any recommended orthotic or prosthetic device.
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