Prosthetics and orthotics are devices that replace a missing or damaged body part or support a weak or injured area of the body.
Prosthetics is the term used for the materials that will replace a missing or damaged body part, such as an arm or leg, or a hip, shoulder, or knee joint. People who receive prosthetics will need to undergo customized physical therapy to regain full range of motion in the affected area of the body.
Prosthetic technology has come a long way in recent years, and these days, prosthetic devices offer a much more natural fit and function. These replacement limbs and joints are also extremely durable, providing excellent use for longer than ever before.
Those who may require prosthetics include people who:
- Are diabetic
- Have severe joint pain due to degenerative arthritis
- Were born with certain physical defects or disorders
- Have suffered traumatic injuries
- Have undergone a limb amputation
Orthotics is the term used for the materials that protect and provide support for a weak or damaged area of the body. Examples of orthotics include splints, braces, or wraps specially designed to support a specific area of the body, such as the ankle, arm, spine, heel, and more. Orthotics protect an injured area and provide the support needed for you to go about your daily activities.
Orthotics may be custom-made or purchased as-is. Many orthotics are worn inside the shoes to support weak muscles or joints, better align the bones and soft tissue of the feet, and to help alleviate certain pain and other symptoms. Patients with plantar fasciitis, diabetes, bursitis, and arthritis may benefit from the use of orthotics.
We Have a Specialist for That
Our certified prosthetist/orthotist works closely with The Bone & Joint Center patients, physicians, and therapists, to craft and select the most appropriate device for each patient’s unique circumstances.
This prosthetic and orthotic specialist can create and custom-fit a variety of devices for the upper and lower extremities – ensuring a secure, comfortable fit for our patients.
Custom-Made Prosthetic & Orthotic Devices
We use only the very best, clinically appropriate technology, and state-of-the-art components in the prosthetics and orthotics we provide patients. Some examples of the types of prosthetic and orthotic devices and other services we provide include:
- Custom-made bracing systems
- Postsurgical care and training
- Customized solutions for all levels of limb loss
- Amputee supplies, repairs, and service, such as:
- Sockets, liners, and accessories
Patient Guidance & Assistance
At The Bone & Joint Center, our prosthetist/orthotist takes the time necessary to help each patient best understand the use and care for their prosthetic or orthotic device. Taking care of these devices is very important not only for the prosthetic or orthotic to last longer, but also so you can confidently and competently get back out there and start enjoying your life again.
If you have more questions about prosthetics or orthotics, call the main branch of The Bone & Joint Center in Bismarck, North Dakota at (800) 424-2663. You can also use our appointment request form to schedule your next visit with us.