ORTHOSIS: An orthosis, the accurate term for an externally applied device, is crafted and adjusted to the body to achieve various objectives such as controlling biomechanical alignment, correcting or accommodating deformities, protecting and supporting injuries, aiding rehabilitation, reducing pain, enhancing mobility, and fostering independence. Commonly prescribed orthoses encompass a range of types including Foot Orthoses for addressing foot, leg, or postural issues, Ankle and Knee Orthoses for joint protection, pain alleviation, or post-surgical support, Ankle-Foot Orthoses and Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthoses to enhance mobility and support rehabilitation goals, Upper Limb orthoses for providing positional and functional assistance, Fracture Orthoses as contemporary alternatives to plaster or fiberglass casts, and Spinal Orthoses for managing spinal deformities, injuries, and immobilization. Both prefabricated and custom-made orthoses are utilized to address various musculoskeletal problems, emphasizing the importance of fitting by a qualified orthotist/prosthetist.

PROSTHESIS: A prosthesis serves as an artificial device affixed or applied to the body to replace a missing part. Orthotist/prosthetists are trained in providing a comprehensive range of external prostheses for the upper and lower limbs, tailored to individual needs following a thorough client assessment. These prostheses are meticulously prescribed, designed, manufactured, and fitted to restore both function and cosmesis to amputated limbs. Thanks to modern advancements, prosthetic technology continues to evolve, with prostheses becoming lighter, stronger, and more naturally functional. Notable technological advancements include the development of the 'energy-storing foot,' the 'microprocessor-controlled knee,' and the myoelectric (bionic) hand.

PROSTHESIS A prosthesis is an artificial device attached or applied to the body to replace a missing part. Orthotist/prosthetists are qualified in the provision of a full range of external prostheses for the lower and upper limb, which are individually prescribed, designed, manufactured and fitted to restore the function and cosmesis of an amputated limb after a full and thorough client assessment. Due to modern advances in prosthetic technology, prostheses are becoming lighter, stronger and more naturally functioning. Technological advances include the ‘energy storing foot’, the ‘microprocessor controlled knee’ and the myo-electric (bionic) hand.

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