Orthotists create external supports and braces (orthoses) for people with weakened or deformed body parts. Their goal is to enable individuals to function to the best of their ability.
Orthotists design and fit devices, known as orthoses, to provide care to patients who have disabling conditions of the limbs and spine.Orthotists may also be employed in industry as designers.
These health care professionals assess the patient’s history, test muscle strength and range of motion, and evaluate the devices for comfort, stability, and proper fit. Some professionals work as either a Prosthetist or Orthotist, others are Certified Prosthetists Orthotists (CPO) and can practice in both disciplines.
Orthotists work in a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, specialty clinics, and nursing homes. These are great careers for people who are problem solvers and who want to have extended relationships with their patients.
Orthotist specializes in the design, fabrication, fitting, alignment, adjustment of orthoses. An orthosis is any device added to the body to stabilize or immobilize a body part, prevent deformity, protect against injury, or assist with function.
According to the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education, the salary for board-certified orthotists averages between $42,000 and $60,000.