Orthotists and Prosthetists help people who have a hard time moving and require the replacement of a lost limb(s).

What do orthotists/prosthetists do?

An Orthotist designs, fabricates and fits orthotics (braces and supports) that provide support for weak or abnormal joints and/or muscles.

A Prosthetist provides patients with a suitable prosthesis (artificial limb). A prosthetist prescribes a limb which looks and functions as closely as possible to the natural limb as modern technology will allow.

In addition, orthotists/prosthetists:

  • assess the patient
  • determine and implement a treatment plan
  • follow-up with the patient

Where do prosthetists work?

  • Private practice clinics
  • Community health centres
  • Rehabilitation centres and hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Ambulatory care services and special treatment facilities
  • Device manufacturing companies

Orthotists/Prosthetists at AHS?

Alberta Health Services employs 22 orthotists/prosthetists.

What are the credentials for an Orthotist/Prosthetist?