The Importance of Orthotics in Post Limb Loss Treatment

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by JPO Blogger

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When a person is missing a limb, they face a number of challenges. In addition to those presented by the injury itself, losing a limb can also lead to secondary back, knee and hip pain. These issues need to be addressed in order to help each individual attain the highest level of function possible. In many cases, using an orthotic device can be beneficial to prevent or treat these problems.

An orthotic device is a brace or other device that is applied externally to restrict or assist with motion. It can also support weak muscles, correct injuries or transfer weight from one part of the body to another. Orthotic devices can be customized like prosthetics or prefabricated, depending on the patient’s needs.

Our goal at JP&O is to restore each person to their former capacity or to the highest level of function they are capable of. Total treatment does not always involve a prosthetic device alone. It also includes proper assessment, physical therapy, training and often an orthotic device. The importance of orthoses is often overlooked because they are typically used to treat secondary conditions caused by the limb loss. Ideally, orthotic treatment should happen from the beginning in order to prevent problems and injuries from developing.

The technology that is available in prosthetics makes it possible for amputees to participate in activities of all kinds. As a result of an active lifestyle, injuries can occur that may require orthotic treatment. Use of assistive devices like crutches, walkers and wheelchairs can also cause problems like carpal tunnel, tendonitis and rotator cuff issues. Orthotic devices can help prevent or treat these kinds of issues.

The most important part of treating your entire body after a limb loss is active participation. Understand all of your options for both prosthetic and orthotic devices. To explore the options you have, contact JP&O. We work with patients who require various kinds of treatment and are experts in both prosthetics and orthotics. If you and your doctor feel that you might benefit from orthotic treatment, don’t hesitate to talk to an expert from JP&O.

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