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Prosthetist/Orthotists are healthcare professionals who specialize in the design, fabrication, and fitting of prosthetic and orthotic devices. Prosthetists/Orthotists are typically trained as either prosthetists or orthotists, although some individuals may have expertise in both areas.
Prosthetists are specialists who design, fabricate, and fit prosthetic devices, which are artificial limbs or body parts. They work with patients who have experienced limb loss or limb differences, such as amputees or individuals born with a limb difference. Prosthetists work closely with their patients to understand their specific needs and goals, and then design and fabricate custom prosthetic devices that are tailored to the patient's unique anatomy and functional requirements. Prosthetists also work with patients to ensure proper fit, alignment, and function of the prosthetic device.
Orthotists, on the other hand, specialize in the design, fabrication, and fitting of orthotic devices, which are braces or supports that are used to support, align, or correct a person's musculoskeletal system. Orthotists work with patients who have a variety of conditions, including cerebral palsy, scoliosis, and spinal cord injuries, to develop custom orthotic devices that help them to move more effectively, reduce pain, and improve their overall quality of life. Orthotists also work closely with their patients to ensure that the orthotic device fits properly and is comfortable to wear.
In many cases, Prosthetist/Orthotists work together as part of a team to provide comprehensive care to patients who require both prosthetic and orthotic devices. They may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and private practices, and must have specialized training and certification to practice in this field.