Profession

Orthotist and Prosthetist


Description

Orthotist/prosthetists are tertiary qualified Allied Health Professionals who assess and treat the physical and functional limitations of people resulting from illnesses and disabilities, including limb amputations. Orthotist/prosthetists are trained to prescribe, design, fit and monitor orthoses and prostheses (i.e. the device that is designed and fitted to the body to reduce pain, increase movement, reduce need for support etc.). Orthotist/prosthetists treat a wide variety of clients such as children born with congenital limb deficiency or cerebral palsy, people who have had an amputation following an accident, patients with muscular weakness after a stroke or spinal injury, patients with diabetic foot ulcers or the elderly who have lost a limb as a result of vascular disease

Job Prospect

High

Work Environment

Orthotist/Prosthetist professionals work in private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, specialty clinics and laboratories devoted to the fabrication, modification and repair of O&P devices.

General and Personal Skills Required

Average Salary

Cost of Training

Recommended Level of Education

Bachelor

Professional Skills / Tools Required

Associated Disciplines

Biology with labouratory Science, chemistry with lab Science, physics with lab, psychology, statistics, human anatomy and physiology, Orthotist & Prosthetist