The Medical Field of Orthotics
The field of orthotics is an area of medicine specializing in the design, fabrication and fitting of orthoses.
Certified orthotists evaluate and design solutions for patients requiring an orthosis due to muscle/bone impairment, disease or deformity. Their primary goal is to restore mobility and to prevent or limit disability. Prescribed orthoses can provide support to those with fractures, muscle tears, and spinal cord injuries, and limit the effects of challenges resulting from birth complications such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Some examples of orthoses include knee braces, elbow supports, protective facemasks, halo collars, ankle, foot or leg braces, and spinal and neck braces.
Certified orthotists take a holistic approach to their patients, carefully analyzing the chronic problem or injury as well as the underlying cause. With a thorough understanding of the ailment and patient lifestyle through physical and bio-mechanical assessment as well as gait analysis, they can then design and manufacture the customized, appropriate support.
Certified orthotists look much deeper than the single injury or chronic ailment. They will consider the underlying medical cause and resulting effects of the problem, as well as the overall health and lifestyle of the patient to help define the requirements of the orthopedic appliance, protective device or brace.
You can also be confident that your certified orthotist is up to date in today’s technology through mandatory professional development and ongoing certification requirements.
Whether your orthotic requirements are the result of injury, disease or congenital problems, be sure to have your doctor refer you to a certified orthotist and member of CAPO.
The Medical Field of Prosthetics
The field of prosthetics is the branch of medicine involving the design, fabrication, fitting and use of artificial body parts (prostheses) intended to replace a portion of the body absent at birth or lost through amputation.
A prosthetist’s goal is to return the patient to the highest activity level possible within the limitations and challenges created by his or her impediment.
Your certified prosthetist is a highly trained professional, experienced in the design and manufacture of artificial body parts. They work closely with a team of medical professionals that may include your physician, surgeon, physical, and occupational therapist to ensure the best results for each individual. Continuing patient care and evaluation of any changing conditions or requirements also helps to maintain optimum use of the device.
Certified members of CAPO are professional specialists that will ensure the treatment prescribed is an integral part of your overall medical evaluation and will participate as a key member of the medical team should long-term management be required.
CAPO Supports CBCPO Certification
To become certified and to receive the appropriate designations from the Canadian Board For Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO), certified members of CAPO have undergone in-depth clinical and technical training as well as an intensive internship, followed by a national certification exam. You can also be confident when referring to a certified practitioner that they are up-to-date in today’s latest technology through mandatory professional development and on-going certification requirements.