Orthotists and prosthetists design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopaedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.
Orthotists and prosthetists are qualified health professionals who make and fit braces or splints for patients. The jobs for prosthetist and orthotist is to treat patients suffering from physical and functional limitations caused by illnesses and disabilities, including limb amputations, and are trained to prescribe, design, fit and monitor orthoses and prostheses.
Prosthesis doctors design orthotic and prosthetic devices, based on physicians' prescriptions and examination and measurement of patients. They fit, test, and evaluate devices on patients, make adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort and also instruct patients in the use and care of orthoses and prostheses. They discuss specifications and prescriptions for orthotic or prosthetic devices with physicians, make plaster casts of areas to be fitted with prostheses or orthoses, construct and fabricate appliances or repair and modify prosthetic and orthotic appliances. They also maintain patients' records and determine their talk with them about their appliances.
What does an orthotist and prosthetist do? To become a prothesis doctor, a bachelor’s degree with extensive skill, knowledge, and experience is required. The skills required of a prosthesis doctor include service orientation, social perceptiveness, monitoring, operations analysis, technology design, time management, problem-solving, critical thinking, mathematics, quality control, communication, coordination and persuasion.
Orthotists and prosthetists similar professions should possess knowledge of medicine and dentistry, therapy and counselling, physics, biology, psychology, mechanical, design, administration and management, sales and marketing, computers, and customer service.
Prosthesis doctors work at hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation centres and their salaries are commensurate with the nature of the work.
Prosthesis doctors should have concern for others, should be able to think critically and pay attention to detail.
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