What is an orthotic device?
Orthotic devices (or custom orthopedic braces) are prescribed and used for the treatment of many conditions. These devices are often custom designed, fabricated and intimately fitted to a patient to compensate for specific musculoskeletal or neuromuscular deficiencies. Additionally, orthotic devices can be used to restore physical integrity and function to a person suffering from numerous pathologies.
What is a prosthetic device?
Prosthetics (artificial limbs) is the science of replacing external body segments missing from birth (congenital) or lost to amputation. A prosthesis must be fabricated from a custom mold or impression of the residual limb to assure optimum fit and function specific to the individual. The prosthesis allows an individual to return to a more active and productive Lifestyle.
What do the ABC credentials mean to you?
Orthotists and Prosthetists certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics & Prosthetics (ABC) have had extensive formal education and experience to provide the highest quality orthotic & prosthetic care. ABC certified practitioners must attend a structured residency program prior to passing a series of rigid examinations. ABC certified practitioners are required to attend numerous continuing education courses to remain abreast of the ever-changing technological advancements in this field. Only ABC certified practitioners are authorized to use the following credentials: CO (Certified Orthotist), CP (Certified Prosthetist); CPO (Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist).